Some of you may need to sit down for the revelation I’m about to drop on you, but there’s more to comic books than Marvel and DC. Shocking, I know! While there’s a lot from the Big Two that I love, the problem is that due to their mainstream appeal, they’re a little… stifled. And if you’re just reading books from Marvel and DC, you would miss out some truly creative (and bonkers) gems. Gems like The Umbrella Academy.
Created by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way and superstar artist Gabriel Ba, The Umbrella Academy is the critically acclaimed Dark Horse Comics series about a splintered and dysfunctional family of superpowered freaks brought together again when the man who raised them dies. We’ve had three volumes of the series since 2007, with the comic winning an Eisner Award and drawing tons of praise. If you missed out on all the comic book craziness, not to worry though as Netflix is bringing us a TV series adaptation which is looking epic based on the first full trailer released last night!
On the same day in 1989, forty-three infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women who showed no signs of pregnancy the day before. Seven are adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his “children” to save the world. But not everything went according to plan. In their teenage years, the family fractured and the team disbanded. Now, the six surviving thirty-something members reunite upon the news of Hargreeves’ passing. Luther, Diego, Allison, Klaus, Vanya and Number Five work together to solve a mystery surrounding their father’s death. But the estranged family once again begins to come apart due to their divergent personalities and abilities, not to mention the imminent threat of a global apocalypse.
The Umbrella Academy stars Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, Emmy Raver-Lampman, David Castañeda, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, Mary J. Blige, Cameron Britton, Colm Feore, Adam Godley, and John Magaro. Emmy-nominated writer Steve Blackman will act as showrunner. The 10-episode first season of the show will premiere on Netflix on 15 February.
Last Updated: January 25, 2019