Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Review - Umbrella Academy Vol. #1 by: Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba

Title: Brain on Fire: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite
Author: Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba
Publisher: Dark Horse
Pages: 192
Format: E-book
Series: The Umbrella Academy
Source: Dark Horse comics iPad app.


Gerard Way, of My Chemical Romance, makes his comics writing debut in this outrageous superhero epic that Grant Morrison called "An ultraviolet psychedelic sherbet bomb of wit and ideas. The superheroes of the 21st century are here at last..." In an inexplicable, worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world." These seven children form The Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

My thoughts:

My love for Gerard Way dates back to 2002, the year My Chemical Romance's I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love album was released, and I listened to it for the first time. Even though the band split up last year, they'll always hold a special place in my heart. I love them so much so that I even have a tattoo of the artwork from their The Black Parade album. I'm sure by now you get the level of my fangirlness.

It's been a while since Gerard Way (the frontman of My Chemical Romance) started writing these comics, so yes, it took me a long time to get to them. I was mad at myself for dragging it so long. I've read volumes 0 and 1 so far, and even the character descriptions alone makes it worth one's while. 

The story is around the 43 extraordinary children who were born all over the world. They have different qualities such as time travel and mind control. And they're all students at The Umbrella Academy. And, of course, they set sail to various adventures you can't even imagine!

I honestly don't know what else to say. Gerard Way did it, and it turned out great.

Isn't he cuuuuuute?


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