“Dallas” collects the second 6 issue mini series written by Gerard Way (from the band My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Ba. I really enjoyed the first book and thought it would be a pretty hard act to follow but I am pleased to report that this book builds upon it in every way. After the climatic conclusion of the first TPB we find our disfunctional superheros trying to sift through the wreckage only to find out that number 5’s sordid past is catching up with him and the Umbrella Academy are called to battle once again. “Dallas” is a cleverly scripted story centered around number 5’s role as a time travelling super assassin and the Umbrella academies attempts to prevent a certain famous assassination in Dallas and perhaps save the world.
“Dallas” develops the volatile interelationships between the siblings and is action packed with all manner of unusual foes. The story is engaging from start to finish and numbers 5’s backstory is particularily inventive. Things started to get a little complicated in the last two chapters but it all falls into place by the end.
Gabriel Ba’s artwork and over the top comic violence are real eye candy and they complement the increasingly strange story rather well. I still find it funny how many apes appear in the stories but they don’t seem out of place (Homage to Tom Strong perhaps?). If you enjoyed the first book you should enjoy this one as well, especially as this one has some nice bonus material too. [ISBN-13: 978-1595823458]. 8/10
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