Book Reviews

Book Review: The Umbrella Academy

Title: The Umbrella Academy, Apocalypse Suite

Author: Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Publication Date: October 17 2001

Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction

Synopsis:

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

TW: Nudity, Graphic Violence, Gore, Child Neglect, Murder.

Review:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

I’m going to be honest with you. I bought this comic because it’s by Gerard Way. Okay a little backstory. I got into My Chemical Romance in Grade 7 (so 2016/2017) which is when I discovered what kind of music I actually wanted to listened because I liked it and not because everybody else in my class liked it. So I did the usual thing a new fan does when they discover an artist that’s been around for a good while, I fell down the research rabbit whole. But I couldn’t get my hands on the book until recently and here we are.

Anyway. I had really high hopes for this books and to be fair, I was a little disappointed. BUT, but no too much. I still enjoyed the book. The premise behind the story was great and it was delivered well. I liked the art style and it really fit with the overall tone of the story.

The pacing of the story was a bit all over the place to be honest and it took a decent amount of scenes to get used to the switches in the timeline but once a did the story flowed pretty easily.

I wish I had more backstory on each of the characters like how they each got their “superhero name”. Because of how everything was just there with no explanation, it sort of felt like I was reading a sequel. Hopefully, that will be resolved in the next volume.

I did think the comic did a good job of showing different emotions and while scenes moved pretty quickly I still got to see how emotions and emotional moments led to big decisions. I liked how this part of the story wrapped up. It was neat and felt pretty complete while still leaving me wanting more. (Not in a negative way)

That’s All I Got, Danielle.

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