The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite #1

The Umbrella Academy: The Apocalypse Suite #1

Writer: Gerard Way Artist: Gabriel Ba Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: September 19, 2007 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 6 User Reviews: 1
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8.0User Rating

Once, the Umbrella Academy was unstoppable. Under the tutelage of their guardian and mentor, Dr. Reginald Hargreeves, its members spent their childhoods fighting evil and honing their extraordinary gifts.

Until something went terribly wrong.

Now, nine years later, the estranged members of the Umbrella Academy are reunited by the death of the only parent they've ever known and the rise of a new and terrible threat. Will they be able to overcome their history for long enough to save the world-one more time?

Conceived and written by Gerard Way (of My Chemical Romance), Umbrella Academy features interior art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Gabriel Ba (De:Tales), colors by Eisner Award-winning colorist Dave Stewart, and covers by multiple-Eisner Award-winning painter James Jean (Fables).

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Deeley Sep 16, 2007

    The Umbrella Academy is a unique reading experience. Its as fun and sad as any great comic book. Id like to see more comics like it. More importantly, Id like to see Gerard Way become a great success at writing comics. Then hed quit writing terrible music, and My Chemical Romance will break-up. Or replace him, drive away their fans, and then break-up. Either way, we get more weird comics and less bad rock music. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Paul Brian McCoy Sep 16, 2007

    For me, comics dont get much better than this. It has giant space squids, miraculous births, disguised aliens, a zombie-robot, a moon base, bad parenting, a talking monkey, time travel, a transplanted head, an opportunity for revenge, tentacles, sibling rivalry, and death. And thats just the first issue. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Eye On Comics - Don MacPherson Jan 1, 2008

    I know the fourth issue of this limited series hit the stands a couple of weeks ago. So far, I've only got my hands on the first two issues, but that's a temporary situation, I assure you. The Umbrella Academy is what might have arisen had Mignola and Grant (Batman, The Invisibles) Morrison collaborated together to craft The New Teen Titans back in the 1980s instead of Marv Wolfman and George Perez. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Kelvin Green Sep 16, 2007

    Apparently, Gerard Way was working in the comics industry before he started his angst-pop songster collective, so I dont know if this can really be called an impressive debut. But it is an impressive comic, with solid writing and strong art, and enough in the way of mystery and compelling characterisation to bring me back for more. Good stuff. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Jon Judy Sep 16, 2007

    But maybe you cant take my word for it. I mean, when I was a kid I wanted to go to Xaviers School for Gifted Youngsters, and now that Im 31 I want to go to the Umbrella Academy. Clearly Im regressing, and my opinion is therefore questionable. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comics Bulletin - Shawn Hill Sep 16, 2007

    The adult Number One has a human head (he was already balding as a child) attached to an apes body for some reason, and adult Number Seven has written a tell-all book kvetching about her extraordinarily exclusive family. Is there a reason to get more involved in these convoluted goings-in, with barely a smidgeon of character and the only developed one (the Daddy Warbucks figure, a.k.a. The Monocle) being already dead? For me, despite all the lovely tentacles, no. Read Full Review

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