It begins with Klaus being kicked out of the mansion by his dictator-like father who sees his children more as a military division than actual children. There’s a whole lot there to unpack, which is why you should read the previous three comic series. Anyway, this is a Klaus adventure, so expect drug abuse, flirting with death, talking to spirits, and getting into a lot of trouble. All for the sake of having a debaucherously good time.
When Gerard Way is on point, he manages to balance chaos with story, bouncing around from one thing to the next, meandering a little here and there, yet somehow finding a path to a genuinely raucous good time with an emotional center. Here, he’s working with Shaun Simon, and they seem to make a pretty good team, because the luster of The Umbrella Academy world is shinier than ever. Culbard’s art and colors fit the world perfectly, as well.
The really fun thing about this series is that we get to see what the world is like outside of the confines of the Academy itself. Yes, there are more intelligent monkeys. Why? I don’t know. Does it matter? It’s wonderful, nonsensical silliness which is what this series is…. Which is kind of what The Umbrella Academy is. It doesn’t just spoof the superhero genre, but throws it into complete, punk rock anarchy.
Oh, and Daniel Chabon is editing the book, one of the best comic editors around. Exceptional design work from Kimberling, as well. There’s no reason not to buy this book, especially if you love The Umbrella Academy comics or show. Even though I said earlier that you should read the other series, if you’ve seen that show, that’s more than enough to be on board with this series.
Creative Team: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon (story), I.N.J. Culbard (art and colors), Nate Piekos of Blambot (letters), Ethan Kimberling (designer), Daniel Chabon (editor), Chuck Howitt (assistant editor)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
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