The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Volume One)

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Volume One)

Gerard Way

This volume has been sitting on my shelf since June.  Whoops.  I started it around November but then got distracted by what I thought were bigger and better series.  I was partially right.  The start of this series is slow and corny.  I didn’t really understand what was going on (and frankly I didn’t much care).  Past the introduction, however, the story starts to pick up and things get far more interesting.

Most of the characters were likable enough for me to finish the volume–the violin chick was massively annoying up until the bitter end, but besides her I greatly enjoyed the other siblings.  I found this volume to be very very violent and gory, so if you like that sort of thing, then this is right up your alley.  It’s interesting to me that this series is marketed heavily as a young adult graphic novel because I find it way more violent (most of the times unnecessarily violent) than others I’ve seen marketed as an adult graphic novel (Sandman, Fables).  Go figure.  Overall it was a good start to a new series–a good pick for those who don’t mind violence and are looking for a quick read.

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