Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Finale (The Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite #6)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are a LOT of things that I love about this comic book series. One of those things happens to be the very cool MCR-esque book titles.

This one's called Finale--of course--but it also has the very awesome alternative, Brothers and Sisters I Am an Atomic Bomb. I mean, come on, how could you not love that?

Well, we're finally here. The apocalypse has arrived and it's actually one of their own. So the team gets back together, meet at the orchestra and face their enraged foe in such an unexpected and unique showdown.

I loved how they worked together, yet didn't. A lot of how this played out consisted of each of them doing their own thing and surprising everyone. Even the reader!

It was great to see Sséance in action, too.

Oh, and the last page was super cool. Minimal storytelling in one tiny frame, but the surroundings offered so much more. Like a missing someone, info on the front page of the newspaper, and even the person reading it!

I thought this six-part comic book story about a dysfunctional family of superheroes, who aren't keen on being so super and care even less about being heroes, was AWESOME!

The dark imagery totally appealed to me. The flawed and odd characters kept me glued to the pages. The timeless feel was so very cool. The art style just as cool. And the overall vision was just so unique.

In a world full of superheroes, this one managed to be completely different, stood on its own.

I'll definitely be checking more out, and am really looking forward to the show.

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #5 Thank You For the Coffee by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #5 (The Umbrella Academy Vol. 1)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

We're once again thrown into the aftermath of some pretty bad stuff. The Boy used his power in a diner and left behind a traumatised waitress, some of Kraken's secret connections are revealed, something unexpected happens between Rumor & Spaceboy, plus The White Violin is really hellbent on destroying the world. :/

Wow. Wasn't expecting there to be a loss in this issue. And just when I realised how cool this character really was, and how much kudos they deserved. It especially got me because of the kindness offered from one character to another was pretty much destroyed here.


Still enjoying this story and can't wait to see how it ends...

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #4 Baby, I'll Be Your Frankenstein by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

The Umbrella Academy #4
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVE how this issue begins with young Vanya crying and screaming about how she doesn't belong at the Academy, and how Dr. Pogo consoles her. Before we're thrust into the present, into the middle of her being experimented on by The Conductor of the Orchestra Verdammten.

Man, that guy is creepy.

The interactions between Spaceboy, Kraken, Rumor and Séance are fascinating because even though they mostly seem to get along, there's always an undercurrent of animosity between them. Pogo and Boy were a great change of pace, as Boy tries to figure things out.

And you know, I think Dr. Pogo is a very important character that sometimes gets lost in the background. I like him, he's cool and quite a mastermind, really.

As for Vanya: THIS is what I was waiting to see. I knew there was something very special about her and becoming The White Violin certainly takes this story to the next level. I just wish the bad guy wasn't the one to bring this out of her. BUT, with all her fears about not belonging and not being special, her alienation from the others was bound to push her over the edge. :/

Two more issues, as we creep closer to the apocalypse...

THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY APOCALYPSE SUITE #3 Dr. Terminal's Answer by Gerard Way & Gabriel Bá

Dr. Terminal's Answer (The Umbrella Academy Apocalypse Suite #3)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The third issue features the mostly reunited Umbrella Academy as they go against a bunch of killer robots who attack an amusement park. Led by Dr. Terminal, they wreak havoc as the siblings go on the defence.

Vanya tries to approach the team, but when Kraken shuns her, she turns to an offer she wanted to refuse.

I love the sibling rivalry, the unsettling air around everything, and that no matter how hard these guys try, the apocalypse keeps getting closer.

These characters are so interesting! The pace of the overall story seems to speed ahead sometimes, but you somehow never miss anything. Plus, the way everything unfolds invites your own mind to fill in the blanks.

Also, The Boy is totally fascinating. An old man in a child's body who's stop aging. I'm definitely interested in this!

This issue is full of so much fiery action, that the flames almost leapt off the bright pages. Still loving the art.

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