icarusflies's The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 - Volume 1 review

Magnum Opus

It's no secret that Umbrella Academy is my favorite series. I'll vouch for it any time anyone asks for a series recommendation. It's probably about time I said WHY. So here we go:

Don't Judge a Book by its Writer

One thing I hear a lot about why people won't read TUA is that 'it's by the singer of My Chemical Romance, it's probably trash'. This is absolutely untrue. Well, not entirely, the writer is Gerard Way of MCR, but that's really besides the point. I knew nothing of the band when I picked up this series. The only things on my iPod were Guns 'N Roses, Styx, Rolling Stones, and a few musicals.

Gerard Way actually went to art school, and was going to become an animator before starting up his band [here's a pilot for a show if you're curious]. He knows how to do page layouts, put together a story, etc.

Though actually, if you want to judge this book by its literal cover, you should. That is some cool imagery right there.

Whoa

You will say or think this at least ten times when reading this book. It's truly creative...you won't know where it's going to go, but it makes sense when you finish it. All the characters have strong personalities, and feel like they could be people. There's a bit of everything...fighting, romance, zombie robot French engineers, witty banter. There's a glimpse into a world not that far removed from our own where the extraordinary is mundane. The story is compelling, and avoids clichés, while still possessing the most powerful of imagery and metaphor.

I really don't want to say more simply because it might give away the story. But I've read this book many times and I always find something new and exciting hidden in a panel or a scrap of dialogue.

And the Séance is still the best.

Eye Candy

While Gerard Way can draw, this book is illustrated by the incredible Gabriel Bá. (He illustrated the acclaimed Daytripper series). He works heavily with shadows and depth, lending a macabre cartoon feel to the book. He can get a lot across with little detail, or sneak details in that prove important later. It's extremely distinctive and suits the tone of the book perfectly. His art here isn't quite as good as it is in the sequel, but it's still better than much of what's on the market right now.

There's also a sketchbook section in the back that shows process and character designs.

Verdict

BUY THIS BOOK.

Right now. I don't care if you have to go without food for a day, this thing is worth it. Get the sequel while you're at it.

Rating: Eleven out of Ten.

2 Comments
Posted by The Mighty Monarch

WAY IS FINALLY WORKING ON HOTEL OBLIVION

Posted by Icarusflies

@The Mighty Monarch: I know. :)

It was confirmed at NYCC.

Moderator

Other reviews for The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 - Volume 1

    The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite 0

    As I sat down and reread The Apocalypse Suite this weekend for the purposes of this review I had a realization. This just might be my favorite comic book. This book is significant for me personally for a number of reasons. First, I'm about 99% sure that this is the very first indie comic I'd ever read. I'm 100% sure it's the first indie comic I ever bought with my own money.Second, it introduced me to the concept that creative people can have more than one creative outlet. I picked the book up t...

    2 out of 2 found this review helpful.

    A Celebration of All Ages: The Serious and the Strange 0

    The Umbrella Academy is the most heroic comic book I have ever read.I should probably explain that.So superhero comics have gone through many different phases since Action Comics #1 in 1938. These different ages have all sorts of distinct traits that separate them, and as time has gone on, more and more comics have been done that represent this. The Golden and Silver Ages are often mocked for their silliness or hamfisted storytelling. Other times the true dark nature of the psychological ramific...

    1 out of 1 found this review helpful.

This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

Comment and Save

Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.