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The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite

by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá (Illustrator)

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"Umbrella Academy" is one of those things that defy description, but I'll give it a go. Imagine if Terry Gilliam did an "X-Men" comic. Or if Mignola's "Amazing Screw-On Head" was set a century and a half later, but was about a very dysfunctional family of now-adult adopted super-children and supplied with a real, emotional core. Or if a ten year old John Connor was the one to come back from the future in "Terminator", only his family was an over-the-hill disillusioned group of former "Teen Titans".

I'm predictably not getting very close, but if you're somehow getting the impression this is a book of zany, silly, crazy super heroics that never forgets to take itself and its characters seriously, and somehow delivers on both fronts, then I should be close enough for you to read it. Which you should. ( )
  LokiAesir | Oct 17, 2017 |
Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, and [author:Gabriel Ba] created a surreal world of super powers, musical villains, and intelligent chimpanzees. Forty-seven children were spontaneously born to previously unpregnant women. Sir Reginald Hargreeve (a.k.a. The Monocle), a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and inventor, adopts seven of the children "to save the world." The children, collectively identified as the Umbrella Academy, encounter a myriad of bizarre villainy in the guise of the zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel, the chronal-irregularity fixing entities known as The Terminauts, and the musically-empowered White Violin. Not since [author:Grant Morrison]'s (who wrote the introduction to this collection) kinetic [book:Doom Patrol] of the 90s has a series successfully mixed an equal quality of insanity and social commentary with a group of uniquely odd characters. Each gorgeously crafted page contains artistic and intellectual delights galore. ( )
  rickklaw | Oct 13, 2017 |
I don't need thirty pages of exposition, but for volume one in a series I expect at least a little explanation and background for the characters and the world they inhabit. ( )
  bensdad00 | Jan 10, 2017 |
Fun nonsensical humor with good art. Not very meaningful. Characters are all stereotype props. ( )
  valzi | Sep 7, 2016 |
I loved this. Unique story that isn't quite explained in the first volume, which actually gives me more incentive and motivation to read the next.
Within minutes of finishing this I was handing it off, hoping to create another Umbrella Academy fan. ( )
  imahorcrux | Jun 22, 2016 |
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Gerard Wayprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bá, GabrielIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Bá, GabrielCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jean, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Piekos, NateIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, DaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To my wife, Lindsey, for being my umbrella. GERARD
My greatest joy when finishing a page of The Umbrella Academy was to show it to my brother, to help me believe I'd just done that page. This book is dedicated to Fábio--it would not be possible without him. GABRIEL
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In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who had 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.… (more)

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