Like a lot of people, I was first introduced to Umbrella Academy via the Netflix show earlier this year. As such, my interest in the comic consists largely of the question, “How does it compare to the show?” The simple answer is, it’s very different, but it’s very entertaining in its own way.
The first volume felt a little weird and disjointed, at least to me. It had the same basic plot of the first season of the show, but executed very, very differently. I’m still not sure what to make of it, to be honest. This second volume, though, is where the comic really comes into its own.
The Umbrella Academy is still recovering from their previous adventure, wherein they saved the world from a cult of musicians bent on destroying the world. Allison (a.k.a. The Rumor) is left powerless after a throat injury left her unable to speak. Luther, the eldest, has let his massive frame go from musculature to obesity, as he sits around all day watching television.
Meanwhile, Number Five, the time-traveling assassin stuck in a child’s body, is being pursued by the agency he once worked for, during the years he was missing. They need him to perform a job and will stop at nothing to get him to do it.
While it’s a different story from the arc of the Netflix series, there are a number of familiar elements. For instance, in this volume, we’re introduced to Hazel and Cha-Cha, the ruthless assassins from the same organization as Number Five, sent back in time to find him.
The main plot of this volume’s arc involves time travel which is, of course, a major appeal for me. It also spends some time exploring the characters and letting us get to know them in a way that I felt was lacking in the first volume. I really felt invested in them and in what was going on.
In addition to the six chapters that make up this story arc, Volume 2 also contains a standalone comic that explores a bit of the Umbrella Academy’s teen years. There are also copious sketches and notes detailing the evolution of the story and how the creators ultimately chose to tell it.
There’s a lot to like about Volume 2 of Umbrella Academy. If you wanted, you could even skip Volume 1 and dive straight into this one without too much confusion. If you like time travel, superheroes, and mind-bending, hyper-violent stories—or if you’ve just seen and enjoyed the series—then I highly recommend checking out Umbrella Academy: Volume 2 – Dallas.
Creative Team: Gerard Way (story), Gabriel Ba (art), Dave Stewart (colors), Nate Piekos (letters)
Publisher: Dark Horse
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