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The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas

(The Umbrella Academy #2)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  24,348 ratings  ·  1,722 reviews
The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it's a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is—each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor h ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Dark Horse Comics (first published September 30th 2009)
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Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spec-fi-i-guess
The Spaceboy, The Seance, The Rumour, No. 5, The White Violin and The Kraken are back, likely forever changed from what happened in The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: The Apocalypse Suite. In ths second volume a more complex, and more tangible plot sees further exploration of No. 5; a very changed Umbrella Academy; and a not too bad time travel escapade. The concept and reality remains strong and the plotting and characterisation have improved.

The art was also better, mainly because all of the charac
A.J. Anders
Jul 13, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Another fun volume of Umbrella Academy that’s stronger than the already solid first volume, made even better by the incredible library editions Dark Horse produces for this series. This is the format to read the story in, as seeing the beautiful and dreamy art by Gabriel Bá all blown up is the best way for the story to be experienced. I didn’t buy any of these since I’m borrowing them from my library, but I honestly wouldn’t mind investing in these specific editions once the series wraps in a de ...more
May 07, 2009 rated it really liked it
In this, the second Umbrella Academy collection, Spaceman has eaten himself into obesity, Kraken has gotten a bit more obsessive, White Violin is in the hospital and paralzyed since the previous volume, and Number Five, after some shenanigans at the dog track, goes back in time to prevent himself from preventing the Kennedy assassination...

The Umbrella Academy is a fun read, like Tim Burton doing the X-Men. Where else would you see a character travelling back in time to prevent his older self fr
It pains me to continue to rate this series so low, but I just feel like he took SO MANY cliches and tropes and mashed them all together and it really doesn't work, both in terms of making sense plot-wise and in making me care about any of the characters beyond their stereotypical archetype. *sighs* I'm hoping Killjoys will be better when I get to that ... ...more
mark monday
Jun 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comicon
heaps and heaps of fun. this second collection of The Umbrella Academy never loses sight of its primary purpose - mining the past of slaughter-happy 'child' super-agent Number 5 - while cramming its narrative with wall-to-wall digressions including various character bits, parallel plots, the pros & cons of time travel, the Vietnam War, guardians of the timestream (including a particularly cold-blooded goldfish), genetically enhanced chimpanzees, a monstrous Lincoln Memorial, two vicious assassin ...more
Layla (Between the Lines)
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2019
First of all, The Umbrella Academy series on Netflix really surprised me. I wasn't expecting it to be anything amazing but I ended up finishing the whole show in a day. It wasn't perfect but I've been looking for a dysfunctional family of adopted superheroes/anti-heroes recently and this is as close as it gets to that. Anyway, this second volume was pretty great and I'm looking forward to the next season of the show. ...more
I read the 1st volume a while back and I thought it was good, but confusing and not great. I then saw the new show on Netflix recently and it made sense of that 1st story. Some content from this book was also put into the Netflix series. Anyway, all this to say, I thought this volume was much better and it made more sense. It wasn't as disjointed as the first one was, I felt. I'm glad I read this.

The Netflix series is even better than these books. It's a case where the show is better than the bo
Dec 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Like the first volume, I was delighted to see how close the TV show followed the source material. But unlike the first volume, it's a lot more solid and interesting on its own. :)

This one has more depth to it and it simply rolls with its iconic craziness. The Kenedy assassination was still better in the live-action, but I really loved the sequence here.

And that doesn't begin to say anything about the mindfuquery of the correcting timelines. :)

In a slight way, I liked the pacing of this volume
Pine tree leaf stick
Apr 10, 2021 rated it really liked it

I need to stop waiting so long to write reviews because I can't remember what I wanted to say.

This was also confusing, more so than the first one.
Vaguely traumatizing.
Quite concerning.

That's it. That's the review.

May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I like how Way weaves all these plot threads that seem to have nothing to do with one another into a cohesive story by the end of the arc. It feels like a Vertigo book with ADD. I do have to wonder when Way is going to let something nice happen to the cast. Just when you think how could this get any worse for this family, Way drives them even deeper to despair. But I guess that's also part of the series' subversive charm because this book is still a lot of bat-shit crazy, over the top fun. ...more
Tina Haigler
Mar 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
That was much better than the first one.

Full review to come :)
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review for vol. 1: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Pre-review: I'd seen this book in the library, and now I need to get my hands on it.

Actual review starts here:

Let's assassinate JFK! Let's do time-travel! Let's nuke the entire planet!

There really are a lot of excitement going on in this volume, and the artwork, the character designs are as awesome as always, plus the talking-monkeys really are damn interesting! Let's rock n' roll!

I can't wait to read the next volume!
Much, much better than the first "Umbrella Academy" story, this is where the admittedly interesting characters created by Way are finally developed!

After the narrowly avoided apocalypse of the aptly titled "Apocalypse Suite" (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), the White Violin is amnesiac, Rumor has lost her voice and Spaceboy sunk into a vortex of junk food and TV. But they won't have much of a choice shaking off their funk when their mysterious brother Number Five is being pursued by a
Jenny (Reading Envy)
The next season of Umbrella Academy comes out soon so I caught up with the family in Hoopla. This one centers around the JFK assassination for a very important reason!

I didn't connect well with this one, maybe it's too focused on a character that I don't like much, maybe it's the silly cartoon head characters... but I'm interested in how they deal with it on the show.

And hey, I didn't know Gerard Way was the same guy as the frontman for My Chemical Romance. That's pretty cool.
Really wanted to enjoy this series but none of the characters seem more than 2D cut outs. The plot is as nonsensical and messy as always, feeling like a bad acid trip of sorts. This is where I part with this series.
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
I tend to get interested in the plots for this series but the writing doesn’t do a ton for me. There’s something about the characterizations that just isn’t clicking for me. Which is fine, I can sort of turn my brain off and read for the plot but it keeps me from getting connected the way I do to the characters in the Netflix series.

Anyway, season one of the show appears to be a mix of volumes 1 and 2.
selis yıldız şen
Jan 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
much better than the first one. \m/
Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*
This was definitely different from the first volume, both good and bad in its own way. The story arc meandered; it didn't actually bother going to Dallas until the last chapter. There was a consistent plot thread, but it was largely buried in the unending misery of every single character, who, while impressive in character design, lack substance. While each individual chapter was moderately interesting, ultimately I was left feeling very blase about the whole affair. The segments about the Perse ...more
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was ok

Volume 2 picks up where the previous volume in the Umbrella Academy left off: with the world a little worse for the wear. With several members of the team out of commission, this volume focuses heavily on the time traveling Number Five and a certain presidential assassination with which he may be forced to get entangled.

Dallas is basically everything I hate about time travel stories. There are plots within plots (explained away with hand waving), a confusing thread that verges on difficult
Paz R.M.
This was soooo much better than the first volume! It's bonkers and has a fair share of bloody scenes, an absurd sense of humour and it's just a better story. Even when Number Five is the main player, I feel like all the characters were developed here and the Séance is by far my favorite.
There were cool ideas before, a few brushes of eccentricity and irreverence in Apocalypse Suite, but the pay off of that first arc is found here, with an established cast of characters and a whacky world.
Plus, H
Alexandra Elend Wolf
“We each play the part written for us. You can’t fight the future.”

To say that I had no idea about what this volume was gonna be about is a huge understatement. Sure, I half thought it would have something of the TV show in there that I would recognize -in which I wasn't wrong - but, overall, I had no idea what the plot could be.

I was very pleasantly surprised in what I ended up finding.

With its signature craziness and goriness, Volume 2 of The Umbrella Academy did more than I could
Wing Kee
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow I did not expect that!!

World: What can I say about Bass art?! Without it this book would not work, it's his style that sets the tone and also disarms reader's expectations and then blows they fucking brains out. His designs and frames are fantastic and adding those colors, magnificent. The world building is also amazing, I did not expect to see what we saw this arc. I didn't expect a crazy time travel adventure with this and man the place we went and the world pieces that were created, fanta
Sep 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this second Umbrella Academy book almost as much as the first one. The characters are acting on the own more than as a team in this one, but Way does an excellent job of presenting seemingly disparate and random plot points and then revisiting them and tying things together in a very clever manner. The television version diverges from the book more in this one, and the printed version is a bit more challenging and thought-provoking. It's an excellently written story, and the art fits i ...more
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Umbrella Academy siblings are back but in very bad shape after the earth’s near annihilation by one of their own and the death of their beloved Pogo. When another threat looms to change the world, No. 5, Kraken aka Diego, Rumor aka Allison, Seance aka Klaus, and Space aka Luthor converge in Dallas in 1963. The pace continues but at time the gore was too much.
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
This story line was quite interesting. There were a few random panels that didn’t make sense to me, but I’m seriously loving this story. Oh and I find Hazel and Cha Cha more enjoyable than I probably should.

I’m not prepared to wait until August for volume 3.
Chris Lemmerman
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
The world is in peril once again, and only the Umbrella Academy can stop it. But they're either scattered to the winds, licking their wounds from their previous adventure, or...they just don't feel like it.

We're doomed.

The follow-up to a hit mini-series must have so much pressure associated with it, I can't even imagine. After the superb Apocalypse Suite, Dallas has a lot to live up to, while furthering the story and replicating what made the original so good. Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba do just
Calypso ♡
Jan 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing



Siona St Mark
Really liked this a lot. It was interesting to see that Hazel and Cha Cha were only introduced in this volume. As I said in my review for the first book, I watched the TV show first and was planning on leaving it at that and not reading the comics, so that was my first exposure to this IP. I think that the TV show is a better narrative overall, but I understand why Way did things the way did due to limitations in the comics medium. I kinda wish we got too see more of Old JFK tbh, that was an int ...more
Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)
“It's always a longer walk to the men's room, buckaroo.”
I'm really enjoying this series!
I'm a sucker for conspiracy theories - not necessarily believing them all; but I love to read and explore other's opinions and see how they made it work.
And the JFK assassination is one of my favorite theories to dig into. SO this edition really piqued some interest!
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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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