October 28, 2007 | Comics
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite #1 (of 6)
Gerard Way, Gabriel Ba
Dark Horse Comics
**** (out of five)
Getting celebrities to write comic books is often a recipe for disaster.
They try to shoe-horn in writing their books between their Hollywood schedule or their tour dates, some simply for ego — talent or not, others actually having something to say, but not always good at saying it and precious few simply naturals.
Having only read the Free Comic Book Day preview issue and Umbrella Academy #1, it seems like Gerard Way is one of those naturals.
The frontman for My Chemical Romance, working with talented illustrator Gabriel Ba, has crafted both a compelling concept and a solid story, revolving around seven unique kids who were raised in the limelight as a force for protecting the planet and are forced to back together 20 years later as a new threat looms.
Filled with humour and wit, style and substance, The Umbrella Academy has all the makings of a breakout series.