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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite

(The Umbrella Academy #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  21,148 ratings  ·  1,275 reviews
In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with
Paperback, 184 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by Dark Horse Comics (first published October 17th 2007)
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Tamar Nooooooo it's not set in "Camelot days"
Not sure how much of your questions this will answer as I've only read Apocalypse Suite so far but I'll do my…more
Nooooooo it's not set in "Camelot days"
Not sure how much of your questions this will answer as I've only read Apocalypse Suite so far but I'll do my best:
I believe the JFK thing will be introduced in Dallas because it wasn't mentioned outright as far as I know in AS
To my knowledge JFK's involvement in Umbrella Academy is purely because UA is set in 1977 in a universe where he was never assassinated
However- it's very futuristic despite all of the lovely old buildings and such(less)

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Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Zedsdead by: Scott
Great concepts, lousy execution.

The Umbrella Academy is a seemingly-random collection of plot points stapled haphazardly together in a garbled attempt at creating a story. The attempt fails. Rarely has so little been communicated in so many panels.

43 babies are suddenly born to random non-pregnant women. The seven survivors are adopted and raised by a wealthy inventor who is an alien. His alienness is immediately set aside and forgotten.

At age 10 the heroic children do battle with the admittedl
mark monday
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicon
as the back cover states, this is a comic with an arch Victorian sensibility. steampunk superheroes, i love it! in an alternate world, "43 extraordinary children were born..." and seven of them were collected, to form a super-powered super-team. they have powers like time travel and mind control and super-strength and super-agility and the ability to spawn cthulhic tentacles. they are pretty awesome. my favorite is the devious, cold-blooded little killer Number Five, a 10-year old with a 50-year ...more
Lamski Kikita
Mar 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Our souls are tainted...painted black by the very deeds that make us so wonderfully individual..."

Dark yet hopeful, sinister and yet has a hint of innocence, cruel yet witty, full of love and hate, music, family, neurosis, heros that hate, villains that love, aliens, robots, superheros, war, the eiffel tower, the end of the world, and a full orchestra. This isn't just a comic book, this is an accumilation of a lifetime of talent and pain. If i had not known that Gerard Way had written this gra
Nov 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
If you:

A) hate comic books

B) love comic book

C) feel indifferent about comic books

D) have never picked up a comic book in your life


This is one of the greatest comic books ever written, drawn, inked, etc. I hate to oversell it, but it's totally true. A group of kids, adopted by a scientist, time-traveling, killing for the good of mankind and having all of the dysfunctional problems kids have. In this installment, we jump back and forth between their childhoods and their
Sam Quixote
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Umbrella Academy looks like another case of Saga - a comic everyone loves that I didn’t like at all. I honestly don’t know what people see in UA that makes it so beloved. It’s a mix of sci-fi and superhero comics starring a group of weird kids with powers that on paper reads a bit like a Grant Morrison comic - the Eiffel Tower goes “crazy”, one of the characters turns themselves into a living instrument - all of which I should love except Gerard Way has none of the artistry of Morrison.

The plot
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow!!! I got this TPB since I had read good comments about this Umbrella Academy stuff but without knowing about what was about. Wow!!! I never had read something so creative, original and entertained that it wasn't written by Alan Moore and in my case, it's the best compliment that I can do to a comic book. Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba did a joint work so good, so exciting to read and watch that it's without a doubt one of the true new masterpieces of the modern age of comic books. Even I want t ...more
The art is stylish and compelling. The story was difficult for me to follow and keep up with what was going on. They didn't do a lot of connecting dots so the story moves fast and I had to simply flow with it. I had to fight to keep up.

I can't say that it was an enjoyable story. There was no joy in it, simply pain and angst. The hero's were hard and burnt out and the world burned around them.

I might continue on with this one.
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: quirky superhero fiction fans
Recommended to Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books) by: Gemma
This one's been in my tbr pile for a long time, and I finally got around to reading it.

I don't follow the music group My Chemical Romance, but I did see one of their videos, and I found it visually appealing. I can definitely see the artist in Gerald Way from that video sequence, and it carries over to this graphic novel.

The story takes the concept of superhuman abilities and the onus to protect humanity at one's personal cost and examines it closely. In this case, it focuses on seven children
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Honestly I judged this one by the cover and it was a lot better than I thought. 7 quasi siblings raised by a scientist reunited by his death and pending disaster. Hope to continue reading the series.
Lindsey Rey
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, graphic-novels
[4.5 Stars]
Wing Kee
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The art, the story...shitting my pants.

World: The art, what can I said about Ba's art, it's stylish, it's beautiful, it's melancholy and small and intimate...and then guts and blood fly everywhere. It's just so beautiful. I loved his work in the Mignolaverse and I love it here. Those splash pages, soooo good. The world building is phenomenal, it's doesn't hand hold, it's doesn't info dump, but rather just pulls the reader into the world and let's them see and learn about the world and characters
Dan Schwent
Apr 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Years ago, an unrevealed number of children were spontaneously born to women who weren't pregnant. Reginald Hargreeves, aka The Monocle, gathered all of them he could find, 47 of them, and formed the Umbrella Academy. Why? To save the world!

I picked this up because people said it's a lot like Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol. While I thought it was, it reminded me more of The Royal Tenenbaums. There are sequences were the academy members were youngsters but the series is mostly about them as adults
Aug 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
If you told me a year ago that a member of the hit band My Chemical Romance could pen a comic-book worthy of an Eisner nomination, I would have scoffed at the idea. But I relented when – after many a recommendation within comic literary circles – I picked up this first volume of the Umbrella Academy during my comic shop’s twice-yearly clearance sale. And what a smart purchase this was.

A musical prodigy in his own right, Gerard Way blew me away with his deft story-telling, not to mention his abil
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, dark-horse
I wanted to get this read before the Netflix show comes out right away. It also helped that Comixology had a sale. :P

I admit that I originally never bothered with this comic mostly because the writer is a rock star and usually when something like that happens it's just a cash grab.

Turns out I really enjoyed it. Truth be told, I wasn't even really aware what the premise of the book was, but when I saw the shows trailer I immediately became intrigued.


I can be a snob just like everyone else
James DeSantis
Jun 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my first Gerard Way comic. I'm about to pick up Doom Patrol so wanted to give this a whirl. With spunky art, a way out there yet interesting story, is Umbrella Academy worth checking out? Yes. However, it's not without it's flaws.

What I liked: The art was alive and fun. The world itself was interesting. The action is top notch and can be brutal as fuck. I enjoyed the interaction between most character and the world building they do with dialog alone. It's not easy. I also enjoyed the t
George K.
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
Βαθμολογία: 7.5/10

Το κόμικ κυκλοφορεί εδώ και κάμποσα χρόνια στα ελληνικά, αλλά εγώ στα μέσα του περασμένου Νοέμβρη αποφάσισα να το αγοράσω, με κάτι λιγότερο από 9€. Και είπα να το διαβάσω σήμερα, γιατί ήθελα κάτι το διαφορετικό. Χμ, από την μια μου άρεσε και από την άλλη όχι και τόσο. Το όλο σενάριο είναι λίγο φευγάτο, αλλοπρόσαλλο, χωρίς πολλά γιατί και πως, ενώ επίσης δεν μπορώ να πω ότι συμπάθησα κάποιον από τους χαρακτήρες. Εδώ που τα λέμε, μάλλον ούτε καν ενδιαφέρθηκα. Από την άλλη, μου άρ
honey (littlewolfreads)
Feb 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked it but i like i just like the show a lot better
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one! I absolutely LOVED the artwork by Gabriel Ba. It reminded me so much of Mike Mignola's stuff but with a bit of a twist. I just realized Ba was the guy who illustrated Daytripper which I loved as well. The story had similar elements to Mignola's stuff, but with its own unique vision. I love stories that take place in that pseudo-Victorian retro world where weird shit goes on all the time but it's just the norm for the general public. I appreciated how the story unfolded ...more
5 Familia disfuncional STARS

"I'd like to point out that I never desired to break the children. I merely sought to foster their potential - wich was unfortunately never that vast."


Que preciosura me acabo de encontrar.
Ok, no es una preciosura, ni me lo acabo de encontrar, pero si ame esta novela gráfica.

Todo es culpa de Netflix, estúpido y sensual Netflix.
Reseña pendiente…

Maria (Big City Bookworm)
* You can find all of my full reviews at: Big City Bookworm. *

I have wanted to read this graphic novel duology for a while now and I finally had the chance to when one of my best friends mentioned she owned both volumes and was kind enough to lend them to me. I’m not going to lie, I was (and still am) a big My Chemical Romance fan and after finding out that Gerard Way was behind this series, I just knew I had to read it. Stay tuned for my review of volume two in the near future.

Many people ha
Umbrella Academy starts off with a bang - hilarious, imaginative, and wicked smart. No unnecessary exposition - e.g. instead of a bunch of talking to explain why the Academy disbanded (like in most comics), there's a newspaper headline in a frame on a wall in a single panel. And to tell how Number One turned into what he did, there are three panels that use newspaper clippings and a from-behind-perspective shot that very quickly tell us what happened and why (skipping what others would drag out ...more
Mar 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
While reading this I thought, "The is The Royal Tenenbaums meets The Watchmen"; and apparently other reviewers of this graphic novel made the same connection.

So, that observation is, really, just my way of "bumping the thread" for those on my friends list for whom that concoction might be their confection: not meant to be an original OMG!! breakthrough in comic book criticism.

A group of superpowered orphans, raised by a dick of a father-leader, grow up, up and away into glamorous dysfunction (
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That was all over the place, but such a blast. Was excited for the Netflix series as a teenage Killjoy. Can't wait to watch it now!
Dec 03, 2018 rated it liked it

well that was incredibly saddening

I love the concept and art, the plot was interesting but it was the characters that were lacklustre (EXCEPT FOR VANYA and number 5) that had little presence or any impact

also the very little romance elements introduced here? as I’ve only read this one for now, imo could’ve definitely not been included ... like at all .. gross (-0.5)

Feb 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Neil (or bleed)
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting! Good plot.

But I'm looking for more character development/back stories.
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
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Nov 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Full review on Badelynge
Outside it is raining again. It's out there and I'm in here reading my comics again. This time it's Gerard Way's comic book debut with the remarkable first collection of The Umbrella Academy written when he was still on the road with My Chemical Romance deep in a world Black Parade tour. Well before he rose to fame as part of a successful rock band Gerard began writing and drawing comics. It would be easy to dismiss this book before reading it, thinking that the only rea
May 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Kurt by: Matt
This is definitely a bizarre story, and at times I thought the weirdness would overwhelm me, but I'm happy that I pushed through and got to enjoy the story to its conclusion. Way, who is more famous for the band My Chemical Romance than as a comic book writer, clearly knows his way around a superhero comic, as his comedic timing is perfect, as are his decisions to foreshadow or obscure, or to knock the reader over the head with some ultra-gory violence with only a few clues as to whether it shou ...more
Dec 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
It starts with an atomic flying elbow and ends with making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. You can already tell it is going to be good, right? Forty-three extraordinary children were simultaneously born to women who had no signs of pregnancy. Most of the children were either abandoned or adopted. Reginald Hargreeves, an eccentric rich inventory, took in seven of the children. When asked why, he only replied, “To save the world.”

The seven children were known as the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunc
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Gerard Arthur Way is an American musician who has served as frontman, lead vocalist and co-founder of the band My Chemical Romance since its formation in 2001 until its breakup in 2013. He is the author of the Eisner Award-winning comic book series of "The Umbrella Academy." He released his second set of comics entitled "The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys" in 2013. As of January 2014, he anno ...more

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