Updated: Mar 14, 2019
When I first heard of Umbrella Academy, my only thought went to “Sooo, it’s X-Men.” And, because of that thought, I was reluctant to look any deeper than that. Even at how people were enthralled by the series on Netflix, I could only think my condescending thought. I thought it was a series to skip.
Don’t be me, my friends. Don’t skip this one.
The Umbrella Academy tells the story of seven children (All named by numbers, initially) born with superpowers, varying from your run-of-the-mill super strength, to talking to the dead, to being able to make people believe a rumor you started. And it follows these kids straight into adulthood where they are angry and messed up thanks to the events of their past. The tone of the entire story has that good ole fashion dark and slightly goth vibe we all loved as teenagers. Which, hey! It was written by Gerard Way, so it’s to be expected.
Volume One is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s about this group of adults trying to prevent the end of the world. I will say that the graphics for this one can be a little too violent for the younger audience so, viewers discretion and all that. There are some gory scenes not meant for younger readers. Also, this series is not at all into holding the reader's hand. Things happen without context or explanation. It keeps ya invested because you wanna learn more but it can also make you feel like you missed something along the way.
I haven’t yet taken a look at the Netflix series so I can’t vouch for that. But, as far as Volume One goes, I think it’s worth the time invested. It’s a lot more unique than what I first assumed. So, I would highly suggest giving it a shot if you haven’t already.
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