I’m a big fan of comics/graphic novels, though I haven’t read that many. I try to make progress but when it comes to Marvel or DC comics, I usually don’t know where to start. My general opinion is that superheroes rock, so even when I find something that involves anything with powers, I watch it. I was incredible excited when I saw Umbrella Acadamy on Netflix. I know the comics, they’re by Gerard Way (you know, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance). I checked it out and I’ve had some time to process, so I’d like to let you know what I thought about it!
Umbrella Academy revolves around a dysfunctional family of adopted sibling superheroes who reunite to solve the mystery of their father’s death, and the threat of an impending apocalypse.
So Umbrella Academy starts with the spontaneous and miraculous birth of 43 babies, of which 7 are adopted by the mysterious Sir Reginald Hargreeves. The seven children are numbered, but have superhero names aswell, and are later properly named by their mother.
- Number 1, a.k.a. Spaceboy or Luther, played by Tom Hopper, who is super strong (and super repressed). Sir Hargreeves Golden Boy.
- Number 2, a.k.a. The Kraken or Diego, played by David Castañeda, who has a strong affinity for knife-throwing (and who can hold his breath indefinitely in the comics I believe).
- Number 3, a.k.a. The Rumor, or Allison, played by Emmy Raver-Lampman, who, as her name suggests, can alter reality by lying, or spreading rumors.
- Number 4, a.k.a. The Séance or Klaus. Klaus is played by Robert Sheehan (woooo this is by far my favourite, I’m sorry other characters). Klaus can contact the dead – but only when he’s sober.
- Number 5.. well, is just called number 5, or sometimes The Boy. He disappeared into the future, which is also his power, time travel.
- Number 6 is Ben, The Horror. He possesses monsters from other dimensions under his skin (in the show they appear as tentacles emerging from his stomach).
- And then we have number 7, Vanya, later known as The White Violin. Who is believed to have no powers at all, but can play the violin really well. She spent her life out of the spotlights, not joining her siblings in their adventures.
We join the siblings when the news breaks that Sir Rupert Hargreeves has died, and the world is ending. They’re the only ones that can stop it. The death of their adoptive father brings the kids back together, after which the story really starts.
I absolutely loved this series, while trying to save the world, we don’t only get to know each of the children, they also get to know themselves. Growing up like they did fucked them up. Each of them is different and fucked up in their own way. No one really wants to be near eachother, they all have secrets, problems, regrets. And somehow this show accomplished the impossible. They made the characters believable.
Even though most of the characters have superpowers, they still feel real. And the series isn’t even that gloom, even though yes the end of the world is coming. It’s still funny and astonishing and sure, heartbreaking. This show and the characters make your heart twist in ways you never thought possible. And in the end it’s all about family. It doesn’t matter what happened, all you need to do is keep your family together.
Nearing the end of the season, things get revealed which put a spin to the story. Something I knew because I knew about the comics, but I can image other people being stunned by this plottwist. The ending of the season is ingenious, and I can only hope that it will get renewed for another season. I mean, it’s the most popular digital show in America.. it will definitely get renewed.. right? Let’s hope so, if not, maybe Number Five can go back in time to fix it.
ALSO! They have amazing music! There’s one song in particular that I’ve been listening to every day since I finished the show, it’s Run Boy Run by Woodkid. It just perfectly fits the series and I’m in love with it.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to buy the graphic novels, doesn’t the art look amazing?
Do you think this might be a series for you? Or have you already seen it? Tell me what you think!
Until next time,