Published: June 17th, 2008
Written by: Gerard Way
Art by: Gabriel Ba
Dark Horse Books, 178 Pages
It’s been over ten years since I’ve read this six issue miniseries but I wanted to revisit it (and it’s sequels), as the television adaptation is premiering on Netflix in a couple of weeks.
From what I remember, I was really fond of this series a decade ago. Having recently read some of Grant Morrsion’s run on Doom Patrol, I can see how that series had some influence on this one. Now this is not a knockoff or a wannabe Doom Patrol but it shares some narrative bits and kind of takes some stylistic cues from it.
Also, Gabriel Ba’s art style reminds me a lot of Mike Mignola’s work on his Hellboy comics. It’s not a replica of Mignola’s style but it hits some of the same notes.
This story arc introduces us to this team of heroes and their complicated personal lives. It explores their relationships well and, thankfully, doesn’t get bogged down by lengthy origin stories. That’s something that is really refreshing about this comic’s plot.
In a short amount of time, you understand the key players, their personalities and you end up really liking them. When I first read this story, I really wanted to jump into a second one but there was about a year’s wait for it. I definitely want to revisit that one soon, as well.
Also, The Umbrella Academy is now in the middle of its third story arc. It took almost a decade to get to it but I can’t wait to read it. I’m holding off though because I want all the single issues to come out first.
Pairs well with: the other Umbrella Academy stories, as well as Grant Morrison’s run on Doom Patrol and the BPRD comics by Mike Mignola.