- Published: Milwaukie, Or. : London : Dark Horse ; Diamond [distributor], 2008.
- Year Published: 2008
- Description: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly ill. ; cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Graphic Novel
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The Umbrella Academy. Vol. 1, Apocalypse suite
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Call number: Adult Graphic Novel / Umbrella
"In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven extraordinary children were spontaneously born by 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" -- from publisher's web site.
43 babies are suddenly born to random non-pregnant women. The seven survivors are adopted and raised by a wealthy inventor who is an alien. His alienness is immediately set aside and forgotten.
At age 10 the heroic children do battle with the admittedly awesome Zombie Robot Gustave Eiffel. Suddenly it's ten years later and one of the seven has, for no discernible reason, died. Another is now, for no discernible reason, a giant gorilla. A woman suddenly appears that the kids call "Mom", but wait she's actually a talking dress mannequin. For no discernible reason. It continues in this vein.
I'd expect the lack of immediate character-info to appeal to me; I generally hate having books spell things out for me like I'm an idiot. In this case it just made the story difficult to follow. Wait, what the hell just happened? Oh, that guy now has this relevant ability...I think. It put me in mind of a Simpsons episode in which Batman, confronted with a runaway carousel, pulled a can of Carousel-Reversal Spray from his utility belt. Not a good sign.
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