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The Umbrella Academy Series

  1. Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite
  2. Volume 2: Dallas
  3. Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion

Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite

Title: The Apocalypse Suite

Author(s): Gerard Way

Genre: Graphic Novel

Format: Ebook

Would I Recommend? Yeah, probably…

Book Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Spice Rating:

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Synopsis

What happens when seven “adopted” children with super powers grow up under a strick asshole and a monkey with the ultimate goal of “saving the world?” You get the Umbrella Academy.

On one strange day forty seven women who were not previously pregnant gave birth to a child. Odd right? It gets weirder. These children (in theory) are all born with special abilities. Of course there is always that one person, in this case Reginald Hargreeves (AKA the Monocule), who wants to figure out what happened. What does he do next? He adopts seven children and explores what makes them unique.

Number 1 (Space): Half gorilla, half human. Has lived in space on a mission for a hot minute. He is strong and the leader of the group.

Number 2 (Kraken): He throws knives, and throws them well!

Number 3 (The Rumor): “I heard a rumor….” and whatever she says goes. She is also dealing with a divorce and has a daughter. Also her relationship with number 1 is different.

Number 4 (Seance): He sees the dead, deals with the otherside, and floats.

Number 5 (The Boy): His time traveling power got him into some trouble when he travelled too far forward and couldn’t return. Now his concern is aging or un-aging.

Number 6: Is dead.

Number 7 (Vanya): She doesn’t have a cool name because she is believed to not have a power. She is just really good at playing the violin.


Thoughts?

When the TV show was released on Netflix, I fell in love with this story. It was intricate, it was different, and I loved all the sass from these characters. Naturally after completing season 3 I became intrigud by the idea of reading the graphic novels.

The first thing I noticed was the interesting cover. I understood where it came from because of the show, but I wasn’t entirely sure where it played into the graphic novel. But once I started the book, I was not really enjoying it. The artwork was a little too chaotic for me. Not only that but the initial storyline was a tad confusing. I did not really understand the premise of the characters or their powers.

With all that being said, while I knew the tv show and the comics would be different, I did not fully comprehend why. The main difference that I noticed is that in the tv show, you are able to learn more about the characters, the backstory, and sprinkled in is the superhero action. The comic book, just dives right into the action with a sprinkle of character development.

Both are good for their own purposes, but I wasn’t as excited to finish the graphic novel. That being said, I will likely still finish the series.

Final Review

Did you like the artwork?

Not particularly, but I can appreciate it. Just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean it isn’t still good.

Which was better the tv show or the graphic novel?

Personally, I liked the tv show better. I was able to understand the characters and the storyline easier. I also think that based on the graphic novel, Netflix did an excellent job with the casting,

Would I recommend this to anyone and everyone?

Probably. If you like Gerard Way, the origins of tv shows/movies, superheros, and unique stories then you might enjoy this. I will say that it is likely for an older audience (older high school plus).


Volume 2: Dallas

Title: Dallas

Author(s): Gerard Way

Genre: Graphic Novel

Format: Ebook

Would I Recommend?

Book Rating:

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Spice Rating:

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Reading In Progress…


Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion

Title: Hotel Oblivion

Author(s): Gerard Way

Genre: Graphic Novel

Format: Ebook

Would I Recommend?

Book Rating:

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Spice Rating

Rating: 0 out of 5.

Reading In Progress…