Updated on 16 October, 2021
The Umbrella Academy is perhaps the most popular superhero comic ever adaptation into a blockbuster Netflix show. The movie version has been widely panned by critics, but it still managed to rake in sales and has been one of the best-selling comics of all time. So what makes The Umbrella Academy worth buying? Is it worth collecting? Here we look at the strengths and weaknesses of this highly entertaining comic book.
The Umbrella Academy offers many classic storylines, the main one revolving around a series of powerful, ex-military scientists who have been transformed into dangerous killing machines thanks to a mysterious virus. The main character, Alex Cross, must learn to control these new abilities while dealing with the death of his parents and the stress of working with otherworldly demons. This particular storyline seems to be the weakest aspect of the comic. Other than a brief glimpse at the future of Cross, the story seems to fade out before your eyes and is not really explained in any way.
Collecting The Umbrella Academy comic books can be difficult because there aren't many long-term comic book resources out there that cover this era of Cross's career. Most materials from this time period are geared towards young-readers, so it can be difficult finding anything past issues #75. Luckily, though, there are some great sources for classic stories and the classic characters of Alex Cross. There's also an amazing new children's collection entitled The Umbrella Academy: An Eternity's Ends which takes place between the events of the original comic book and the television show. The collection features several short one-shots that feature Alex and the other main characters from the comic.
The TV show of The Umbrella Academy was canceled after its second season. However, it did gain some fans after a short stint on air. The series featured an original voice by actress Kaye Siegel. Unlike most animated television shows, the show actually managed to garner some critical acclaim. Several award winners have credited The Umbrella Academy as their reason for watching the show. The TV show lasted eleven seasons which makes it one of the longer-running superhero shows in existence.
While the original version of The Umbrella Academy was a time traveling boarding school, the modern version of the story features a much more gritty look at the inner workings of a high-end private boarding school. The comic book series features a number of different adventures featuring Alex Cross and his various companions throughout the course of the adventure. Many of the comic book events take place in Houston, Texas. However, in the television show, it's set in New York City.
The first printed story in The Umbrella Academy was written by Greg Ruckert and drawn by Brett Booth. The original artwork is presented here for your personal enjoyment. This original graphic novel is included in the first issue of the 2021 Free Comic Book Day issue. In this issue, the first printed story from the series, "The Umbrella Academy", is given a page dedicated to the fans who wrote to thank the writers for creating the comic book series.
The second issue of The Umbrella Academy Comic has a special guest appearance by none other than Frank Miller as the main writer. Frank Miller took over the reigns after the original creator, Kurt Busiek stepped down due to a lack of confidence. Miller, however, turns in a pencil art that is unrivaled in both style and substance. The Umbrella Academy is brought to a close with issue #12 and we will begin the new series with issue #1. The characters include Alex Cross, Noahockets, Noah Poots, Captain Jack O'Neil, Vanya, and many others. You can even see Frank Miller's "Hollywood blockbuster" Spider-Man in the works.
The Umbrella Academy Comic continues to grow in popularity as more people catch wind of the incredible story line. This creative team has managed to keep the readers involved from start to finish. There is a little girl in every book and she is a central character. The monocle used for this comic book is a high quality pen, and I recommend you get a copy from the store.