Wednesday 16 January 2019

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...

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