The Umbrella Academy

The Umbrella Academy

Volume 1, Apocalypse Suite

eBook - 2008
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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 bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again. Includes all 6 issues of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and the story from the 2008 Free Comic Book Day book.
Publisher: [United States]: Dark Horse Comics , 2008.
Branch Call Number: eComic hoopla
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Alternative Title: Apocalypse suite

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VPAL7
Jun 07, 2018

I am not an avid Graphic Novel reader but I read this because I love Gerard Way and I figured I want to explore this genre. It was actually not easy to find; I could not find it in any of the stores I tried, so I'm glad I finally got my hands on it because I enjoyed it very much. It has a lot of interesting characters and the story is wacky yet dark.
I also appreciate the fact that music plays a big part in the story because it connects what I know about Way to another artistic side of him.
I also was impressed with Gabriel Bá's beautiful illustrations, I spent a lot of time looking at every detail. I especially loved the illustrations at the beginning of each part that took up a whole page as they broke up each section nicely.
There were just a couple of jumps in the story where it was difficult for me to follow the story (and not because of time travel) but I suspect that it's more because I am not used to how graphic novels, in general, read. Overall I loved it and I can't wait to read the next ones.

SCL_Justin Jul 23, 2017

Apocalypse Suite is a time travel, get the team back together to fight something that’s gone horribly wrong, high adventure style comic that I enjoyed immensely. It was Gerard Way’s first time writing a comic and it doesn’t really show.

The Umbrella Academy super team was once a bunch of orphan kids brought together to fight terrible threats (including an animated Eiffel Tower). This story takes place when their mentor has died and they regroup after scattering to the winds (or the moon) for years. Then one member comes back from the future and the team member who doesn’t do anything special feels slighted and it all spins out of control.

It’s a great story, illustrated superbly by Gabriel Ba. Highly recommended.

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wintermute_way
Sep 26, 2016

Gerard Way's perfection in a book. Good Lord it's so amazing!

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britprincess1ajax
Jun 01, 2016

Written by Gerard Way (yes, from My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, VOL.1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE let me escape into a fascinating world of super-powered children born seemingly from an alien force and raised by an eccentric aristocrat who believes in scientific experimentation over love, all in the name of saving the world. THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY is a very human tale in spite of its sci-fi leanings. It's dark and moody and yet light-hearted and fun. Sure, it's the end of the world, but sibling rivalry seems more important. It's equal parts sweet, sadistic, and superheroic. I'm glad I gave it a chance.

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munkymunk
Mar 16, 2013

I friggen loved the opening. It had me with its fun fresh take on tried true story and a loving dash of wierd with lush Hellboy style art. But it was a loose hold and by the 3rd book/part I was over it. I still enjoyed it, but meh, lets just get violinant to fix the worlds problums, meh I've seen to many books do that to care. There is definatly lots of love and creativity ingraned in the concept and art.

Jeannie A Olschlager Jan 06, 2013

I had the series mailed to me as a kid. It's such an amazing, complex story that I couldn't help but find a bit of myself in the characters this comic centers around.

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Ubalstecha
Sep 26, 2011

Story about a group of adopted siblings, all but one of whom have powers. A powerful superhero team in their youth, they have since grown apart. Reunited by the death of their mentor, they are drawn into a battle when a mysterious villain corrupts one of their own.

kenobi19 May 19, 2011

Very well done. Loved the story and the art. If you like Hellboy/BPRD you should check this book out.

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