Graphic Novel Review: The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 2: Dallas

By Gerard Way (Writer), Gabriel Bá (Artist), Dave Stewart (Colourist), Nate Piekos (Letterer)
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Release Date: November 1st, 2009
Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Okay, Dallas takes The Umbrella Academy in a more batshit direction that volume 1, and I am totally here for it. Do not go into this expecting the Netflix series; there are a couple of similar elements, but there are a lot of changes made to the show to make the show itself better.

Parts of this just come out of the blue, and it’s one of those stories where you absolutely, 100% need to just be along for the ride. Some stuff just doesn’t make sense if you think about it too hard, and other elements don’t click until later. But it works, and it works in such a memorable, dizzying way, it makes it hard to pull away from it.

There’s time travel. There’s assassins. There’s gore and death and Vietnam and there’s moments where you’ll wonder exactly what’s happening, because it feels just a little all over the place until you get to a crucial moment. There’s definitely some parts, too, that will have you pausing and considering what world, exactly, Way and Bá are building here.

Overall, and above all, The Umbrella Academy is fun. Dark at times, gory here and there, but it’s a ride. Pages of this are worth really going over multiple times, not only because the artwork is distinctive but because there’s so many small moments you risk missing. This is a good one, and gives me no reason not to read Volume 3.

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The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1: The Apocalypse Suite


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