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Title:
The Umbrella Academy
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ISBN:
9781593079789

9781595823458

9781595821638

9781595823441

9781506711423
Edition:
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Milwaukie, OR : Dark Horse Books, 2008-
Physical Description:
volumes : chiefly illustrations (chiefly color) ; 26 cm.
Number in series:
vol. 1
General Note:
Originally published in single issue form.
Contents:
V. 1. Apocalypse suite -- v. 2. Dallas.
Summary:
As six superheroes unite to attend their adopted father's funeral, they must deal with their individual problems and team up to save the world from different foes.
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Summary

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.

This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Ba, James Jean, and Gerard Way.


Author Notes

Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released on September 30, 2014. He also wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award-winning comic book The Umbrella Academy.

Gabriel Ba is a Brazilian comic book artist best known for his work on The Umbrella Academy, Casanova, and Daytripper. He is the twin brother of fellow comic book artist Fabio Moon.


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Booklist Review

The newest superhero kids on the block are just that kids. At least they start out kids in the first Umbrella Academy collection, written by the lead singer of My Chemical Romance (Way) and superbly illustrated by Brazilian graphic artist Ba. When the diminutive orphans turned masked crime fighters first appear in the public arena, with their wealthy patron, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, keeping watch, their nemesis is a mobile, death-ray-zapping Eiffel Tower. Twenty years later, it takes Hargreeves' death to bring the gang members, now grown and separated by their own idiosyncratic ambitions, back together to face a new enemy: estranged sister Vanya, the only one of them presumed to be powerless. Newly gifted with destructive powers by a race of robotic aliens, Vanya will stop at nothing to destroy the world unless her siblings stop her. Way and Ba provide all the ingredients of a superhero team to rival the X-Men and make its colorful adventures a hit.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2008 Booklist


Library Journal Review

The space squid in the opening panel has little to do with the plot but sets the tone: outre and sardonic, with cool art. A mysterious alien professor in human disguise adopts seven mysterious superchildren so that they can "save the world"-first from a zombie-robot using the Eiffel Tower as a weapon, then from another fiend who turns amusement park vehicles into killer droids, and finally from one of their own. Early on, child Number 7 learns from the professor that there's "nothing special" about her (yeah, right). Along the way, the plot delivers twists and flashbacks, dropping clues about why this dysfunctional family team disbanded for 20 years and how come Number 1 is hanging out on the moon. But questions remain for the next volume: What happened to Number 6? Who was this alien professor and his plastic mannequin "wife"? It's a tour-de-force debut and a Harvey Award winner for Way, lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance. Ba's vivacious and detailed panels compel the eye to linger just because. For age 16 and up owing to violence and inexplicit nudity. A YALSA top-ten pick.-M.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.