On “The Umbrella Academy”

December 2, 2008


So, it’s confession time. I heart “The Umbrella Academy“, the comic book by Gabriel Ba and frontman of one of my least favorite bands of all time, My Chemical Romance, Gerard Way.

Look, I promise I approached the first Umbrella Academy story, Apocalypse Suite, with heavy, heavy skepticism. I went in to the book with intentions of hating it. After all, how could any one associated with, ugh, My Chemical Romance, produce anything not suicide-inducing?

Yet regardless of my undying hatred for his previous work, I have to say, The Umbrella Academy is one of the best comics I’ve ever read. Seriously. It’s a mix of The Royal Tenenbaums, Hellboy, and Jules Verne, and the art by Gabriel Ba is some of the best I’ve seen. The book is a perfect fit for publishing house Dark Horse, and it has quickly become one of their flagship titles.

Issue #1 of the new storyline, “Umbrella Academy: Dallas” is available now, with issue #2 dropping on X-mas day. With a new line of toys coming out in April, and a confirmed movie due from Universal, The Umbrella Academy appears to be nothing short of a phenomenon, and I say hoorah! In fact, I hope The Umbrella Academy is so successful, Gerard Way never has to record a single song again.

Get The Umbrella Academy here.

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    2 Responses to “On “The Umbrella Academy””

    1. mike Says:

      Max, you are so emo and don’t even know it.

    2. ForbiddenDonut Says:

      That’s what gets Max on the cover of TeenBeat.