The Comic I Never Thought Would Be A Show | ‘The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite’ by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

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So this is something I’ve been meaning to read for a while now because a) Gerard Way, and b) it was made into a Netflix show. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I went into this comic but whatever I thought this would be like it was not that. I’m not even sure if I can put into words what this story is or this world. But I will say that it intrigued me. Enough that I’m curious as to where the story will go from here.

In a way I want to give you some set up because there’s going to be some weird stuff that gets talked about but I honestly don’t know how to do that since I barely understand it myself. I’m not even sure if I can confidently recommend it to anyone. I’m all for being dropped into a world and figuring out how to swim on my own but there’s only so much I can do when one of the first characters you’re introduced to is called a space alien off-handedly and I never get any more information on that.

I will say that it seemed a bit too fast-paced for me. This is probably a personal thing since I’m sure there are people who just want the action but with so many characters I would have liked to get to know them more. I understand that there is a time limit worked into the plot but give me some room to breathe. Maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention but there were some moments when I had to flip back a couple pages just to figure out what I was looking at.

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I mean, a bunch of kids are magically born with superpowers? I can handle that. Even the talking ape butler wasn’t all that weird to me. But there are weird time jumps and information that is glossed over–I don’t know what Klaus’s problem is but he’s trying really hard to be edgy and goth even though he’s not fifteen.

I will say that the plot was what kept me interested. Usually my attention fixates on a character(s) and the plot comes afterwards but, like I said above, I didn’t have enough time to really understand the characters. However, the plot kept me flipping pages and resulted in me reading the whole volume in almost one sitting.

The art style was really interesting too–there were more than a few panels that I stopped to look at (and not just because I was trying to wrap my head around what was happening).

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I haven’t seen any of the show yet but I’m surprised that it was made at all. This is a weird comic and, while I think it will work well as a show, it’s not an easy thing to sell to people who aren’t already into comics and superheroes. Maybe that industry has really gotten that big in the last decade but I’m still used to being strange girl in the back trying to draw like Jim Lee and babbling about how it isn’t just Batman–it’s that time when Jean Paul Valley was Batman! I digress…

In fact, I’m not even sure why it was made into a show in the past couple years when it was published a decade ago–every time I write ‘decade’ to refer to a time I remember my heart aches. My point is, if anyone knows the story about how it got to this point I’d love to hear about it.

Let me know if you’ve watched the Netflix show and say whether or not I should watch it. I’m intrigued but still sort of on the fence about it.


Rating: 3 out of 5.

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