Review: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way (Umbrella Academy Vol 1)

Hi all!

My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.

This review has been a long time coming. This book was one of the first that I read in 2020 but there was a few things that I gave priority to first but I am excited to be finally writing this review.

The Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way

Publisher: Dark Horse Comics

Date published: 17th October 2007

Format: Paperback

Length: 184 pages

Genre: Grpahic Novels, Fantasy, Superheroes, Science Fantasy

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐


In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who’d previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, “To save the world.”

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

My Thoughts

I am a super Umbrella Academy fan. I have watched both seasons through several times now and I am in constant anticipation of season 3. So I thought that I should finally find out where they started.

There were a lot of differences between book and tv series and I almost had to think of the book as a totally different story because of how wide the differences are. I can see the inspiration, but it wasn’t the tv series, and I suppose it shouldn’t be. But despite that I loved the progression of the characters and storyline

I wasn’t a fan of the darkness of the drawings because I found if hard to see the details, making hard to keep track of characters. It took me a little longer to get through it than maybe it should have.

Overall a brilliant book, and I really recommend it if you loved the tv series. However I must say that I think, and this may be sacrilege, that I prefer the tv series over the graphic novel.


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