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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 3: Hotel Oblivion

(The Umbrella Academy #3)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,011 ratings  ·  378 reviews
With a new Netflix series, the best-selling graphic novels returnwith the original creators!

Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance, Doom Patrol) and Gabriel Bá (Two Brothers, Casanova) have earned awards and accolades on their separate projects, and finally return to their breakout 2007 hit, for the latest chapter in the bizarre lives of their former teen superhero team.

Paperback, 216 pages
Published September 17th 2019 by Dark Horse Comics
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Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019
This felt very scattershot and unfocused, like Way had ten years of ideas jotted down and threw every one of them at us. Ba's art suffers in some of the big battle scenes. It's difficult to make out the action in these panels. The entire book seemed like prologue for a future volume, particularly the way this ended in a cliffhanger.
Sean Gibson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Wanted to like this more than I did. Sort of like most humans.
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-nov
The artwork is definitely the redeeming quality of this comic, sadly not nearly enough.
It was nice to get back in touch with the members of The Umbrella Academy, but to what purpose??
This volume was all over the place! It started with all the characters in different places, doing their own thing (of course explanations are never thought necessary so don't start looking for them here) and only met up for a final, and linked, resolution THAT DIDN'T HAPPEN.
The volume ends with an unnecessary
Rod Brown
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was ok
Nonsense, gibberish and gobbledygook eventually give way to a prison break and mindless slugfest. I read the first two volumes a decade ago, had no recall of what happened last, and was not helped out much by the storytelling here as to who anyone was or why they were doing what they were doing.

I had reservations when I checked this out from the library as I recall having negative opinions about the first two, but I read it anyway because it is in the graphic novel category of the Goodreads
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
Sep 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
After a ten year break, brought back from comic book cancellation to ride the marketing wave of the Netflix series, we get a continuation of the prior volumes of The Umbrella Academy. Not much has changed...

Art: fabulous. Dramatic blocking. Vivid colors. Psychedelic scenes reminiscent of Jack Kirby's most mind-bendy work. Bloody as all get out. Points for Gabriel Ba.

Story: a mess. Stilted, random, unengaging. Completely devoid of character development, other than a shave and a haircut for
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Nine years after the last volume ended it's back... but it's not that good as it used to, mainly because there are 5 - 6 competing story arec, that alongside the untidy art just leaves it all a bit hard to follow. It's great seeing these characters again though. Weakest volume to date 6 out of 12
Michael Cook
Jun 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
It's been a decade since the second volume of Gerard Way's wonderfully weird superhero series, The Umbrella Academy, hit stores and it's been almost as long since the title of this third volume was announced. Since that initial announcement, there had been a lot of radio silence as Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá got busy with other projects. Thankfully, though, this third volume of The Umbrella Academy has come out and, in many ways, it feels like no time has passed. It's very much the third ...more
Chris Greensmith
There's never an umbrella around when you need one."

Meh, this was OK, i feel it kept teetering on the edge of being something great but never made it. There was no more character development, and I think that could be because the amount of characters that appeared in this compared to the other two runs has at least tripled. There were a lot of threads that were left blowing ion the wind, so I feel there may be more issues to come, well I know there will be with that cliff hanger
Shog Al Maskery
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I finished it faster than what I thought! Im still a beginner in the world of reading comics so its a good sign that I was able to get through it all. I cant wait to ready volume three to put the puzzle pieces together. ...more
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Umbrella Academy comics leave me 50% unaware of the plot at all times but still 100% loving the journey. The art style is beautiful, the characters are beyond interesting, and the parts of the plot that make sense to me are all worth the ride.
Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

You can find my review on my blog by clicking here.

If you thought that writers who gave up on their series are not likely to come back to continue where they left off, here comes another creative team who looks to prove you wrong and make a comeback in the comic book business. After a decade of waiting, with each individual issue released intermittently, the dynamic duo that developed the hit comic book series that is now an original Netflix TV series is back with their third volume, just as
Alexander Peterhans
This book feels like an excuse for Way to let his freak flag fly and create a bunch of supervillains - just a bunch of one-note weirdos (this one has an eye for a head, these two have cat heads, etc) without any backstory or any depth.

So it's more of the same, really. The ending might make the next arc more interesting, as it brings the story back to the family, which seems to be the only element in UA that has any layers.

I still like Gabriel Ba's artwork, but this volume also shows his limits -
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Continuing, almost directly, from the Volume Two: Dallas, Hotel Oblivion continues to expand the world of the Hargreeves siblings, both internal and external. In this volume, children thread through the plot, motivating multiple arcs forward. An infant child is the motivating factor for Umbrella Academy villains to plot an escape from the titular Hotel Oblivion. A child of an Umbrella Academy nemesis becomes a new nemesis. And, as always, the Hargreeves children aren't doing well, with Vanya ...more
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: books-i-own
I can't even explain how disappointed I am. I have no idea what I just read because nothing sunk in with my brain. It took me over a MONTH to read this due to the fact that I never wanted to pick it up. The only reason I got threw with it was will power and the fact that I did not want to see it on my currently reading shelf anymore. The only redeeming factor about this comic is Kalus and the artwork. The artwork is actually really good. Save yourself the energy and stick with the first two. ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I'll be the first to admit that I'm choosy about the comics I read. In the vast comic world, I have essentially only dipped a toe into Image and a toe into the Firefly/Serenity world.

I was slightly crestfallen reading the critical reviews to this volume, but after now getting to read it myself, I, for the life of me, do NOT understand them.

This was W O N D E R F U L. Perhaps it's because at this point I understand the characters at a deeper level, but this pulled me in right away. The art?
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Three stars because we missed the Umbrella Academy. Unfortunately the story is all over the place, a series of disconnected vignettes and battles that don't quite fit. Big ol' cliffhanger ending though, so hopefully they'll be back soon.
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: digital, x2019
I will keep it simple - I don't get the popularity of this comics. Way's writing is weak, chaotic, it's a jumble of incoherent inspirations and fractions and I had a hard time to enjoy it as a whole. And as a bonus, Bá's art is somehow lacking everything I liked about it in Daytripper. So I may like few ideas here but despise it as a whole and be disappointed but not annoyed with art. But on top of that, I personally hate this kind of endings - not really closing the arc but giving a major ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
What the fuck was that? WHO THE FUCK ARE THESE PEOPLE??? Also.....BEN??? WHAT???
AC Lenore
Thought I was just an idiot for hardly understanding the thing, but everyone seems to agree the plot's extremely scrambled.
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was ok
Very disappointed with this one. The first two Umbrella Academys were amazing, but this volume tries to cover to many subplots at once. Way threw a lot of crap against the the wall and surprise it didnt work. ...more
Chris Lemmerman
I think 'disjointed' is the word for this one. The real heart of the Umbrella Academy has always been the relationship between the family, and this volume eskews all of that in favour of keeping them all separate until the last minute, and even then doesn't have them interact much.

I'll admit, the way Way manages to thread all of the separate plot lines into one big battle at the end is pretty clever, but I wanted more. More of the characters being themselves, more about Hotel Oblivion itself,
Chloe Simpson-White
Feb 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have loved this series so far! It is wonderful to see the plot thicken and have several different story lines and vantage points at once! It is safe to say that have become obsessed! I cannot wait to see the rest of the story unfold and develop
Eya ☾
Mar 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I had to read most of this twice to understand it and I still didn't. I was confused most of the time. Hopefully everything starts to make sense in the next 2 issues.
I might change my rating then.
3.5 almooooost a 4. Graphic novels are very, very hit or miss for me. I liked this volume more than I actually liked the first two. However, just as I experienced with the first two, it oftentimes was difficult to follow what was going on and hard to tell if I was just missing what was happening or if it was being purposefully mysterious. The last 40% or so was the most engaging for me, and it did leave me anticipating another volume.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After waiting many years for the continuation of The Umbrella Academy, I was not disappointed. I was a bit lost with what was going on in some parts, but it mostly all came together. Number 5 is still my favorite.

Content warning: bloody violence, a sex scene and language

2019 challenge: a book written by a musician
Clare Carter
Oct 28, 2019 rated it liked it
So this volume was uh, real weird but so are the other two and I was able to follow this one SLIGHTLY more than the other two so that's a bonus.

The show still shines like a billion times brighter in my heart but the art and craziness of these comics will always keep me reading them, even if they're not necessarily my favorites. Again, though, Klaus is like 2.98 of the stars on this rating lol I love him so muchhhh
Read for Spookathon Challenge: A Spooky Setting ...more
Nina The Fussy Reader
I really do love these characters and their backstory, but this volume felt like too much. I understand that they want to keep the story fresh and exciting and get bigger and bigger with each volume, but this one was rather unintelligible. There was so much going on it was hard to keep up.

Sure, I know this is a superhero comic and it needs to be fast, fun and exciting, but honestly, I would have been just as happy with less action and more character development. Would have loved to have seen a
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a writer and artist, reading every volume of The Umbrella Academy is so fresh and new, because the art and stories are like nothing ever before, and Hotel Oblivion just intensified the originality of Gerard and Gabriels work!
These are not just comics about superheroes, these are stories about family, about identity, about who you are when the path set for you is no longer the one youre walking. These are stories about if you can redeem yourself if you did bad things or if someone can be
David Dalton
Sep 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being new to the Umbrella Academy, I didn't realize that the series has been around for so long, or the long gap between volumes 2 and 3. Thanks to my digital library I have been able to read all 3 volumes within the space of a couple of months. This is definitely a very off-beat series. I will have to check out the Netflix series for sure. This vol did end on a cliff-hanger. Any plans for another volume or is this truly the end of the line for the Umbrella Academy? Might depend on the Netflix ...more
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Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who served as frontman, lead vocalist, and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance from the time of its formation in 2001 until its breakup in 2013. He is the author of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series The Umbrella Academy (now a Netflix original series) and The True Lives of the ...more

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