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[The Umbrella Academy V.1: Apocalypse Suite] – (Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba)
April 4, 2011, 2:14 pm
Filed under: 8 Stars, Gabriel Ba, Gerard Way, Umbrella Academy

The APOCALYPSE SUITE collects the 6 issue mini series written by  Gerard Way (from the band My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. It is a very different kind of superhero book featuring 7 dysfunctional children and their adopted alien father in a setting that has a bit of a steam punk feel to it. The main story centers around the death of their father “Sir Reginald Hargreeves” and the reformation of their group, the Umbrella Academy,  to save the world from an unspecified future cataclysmn.

It was the art that drew me to the Umbrella Academy. The drawings and coloring have a richness to them that capture a strange Victorian SCi-FI style world in a way that is extremely pleasing to the eye. The story is good too, with some very strange and quirky characters and an engaging main plot. The interpersonal relationships between the Umbrella Academy are volatile to say the least and this results in some intriuging and often very violent interractions.

Apocalypse suite has elements from several genres (Tom Strong and The League of extraordinary Gentlemen spring to mind) but it somehow manages to have a unique and fresh feel. [ISBN-13: 978-1593079789.] 8/10

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