The Umbrella Academy: Dallas by Gerard Way

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Title: The Umbrella Academy.
Story-arc: Dallas.
Volume: 2.
Writer(s): Gerard Way.
Illustrator(s): Gabriel Bá.
Colourist(s): Dave Stewart.
Letterer(s): Nate Piekos of Blambot.
Publisher
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 Dark Horse Comics.
Format: Paperback.
Release Date: September 16th 2009.
Pages: 192.
Genre(s): Comics, Science-Fiction.
ISBN13: 9781595823458.
My Overall Rating: ★★★★☆.
Previously on The Umbrella Academy:
The Umbrella Academy (Vol. 1): The Apocalypse Suite.

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Pursuing his career as a comic book writer, Gerard Way continues his foray within the world of The Umbrella Academy by pushing even further the boundaries of surrealism as he offers a sinister yet humourous story where his young heroes are launched into uncharted territory and are hit with adult responsibilities. While each issue isn’t necessarily sewed together to perfection, his storytelling still hooks you in with ambitious ideas and crazy characters who even surprise themselves with the things they are capable of doing. This second installment from the lead vocalist of the ex-band My Chemical Romance is treasurable as the characters’ backstories are well-established and the chaos they invite into their world, oddly satisfying.

What is The Umbrella Academy: Dallas about? Following the near apocalypse devised by one of their own as well as the death of a beloved one in their little family, The Umbrella Academy is now dismantled with each member dealing with their own personal problems. There’s no better moment for these heroes to reunite than another event that could only be solved by these heroes if they are to work together once again. With new threats sent to mercilessly eliminate their targets, the story unravels to offer an unforgettable and unthinkable plot involving the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Collecting issues #1-6 of The Umbrella Academy: Dallas, Gerard Way delivers a hectic and entertaining sequel to his series for fans to rejoice at the splendid creativity of this man.

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Unlike the previous volume, the story is able to take on a life of its own with all of its characters and the universe thoroughly introduced. Now knowing that these heroes and the villains they face are quirky at their core, the reader is subconsciously warned and ready for the narrative to go in all kinds of crazy directions. While remaining minimally grounded, these heroes explode with energy and emotions that allow you to embrace the surrealism that envelops this series. With time-traveling at the core of this plot, Gerard Way does an excellent job in putting forth the precious and powerful bond between these heroes despite their tendency to be a dysfunctional family together.

The darker yet colourful tone of this volume also merits a round of applause for the creative team behind this series with their stunning demonstration of complex character development fit within an insane and ridiculous world while touching upon powerful themes of love and family. Gabriel Bà’s artwork also works wonderfully with this story, leaving no space for substitution, as his style is a match made in heaven with Gerard Way’s ideas. The introduction of two psychopaths (Hazel and Cha Cha) who inspire fear was brilliant as they both stole the show with their sense of humour. Leave it to Gerard Way and Gabriel Bà to redefine anarchy, destruction, and insanity with this second volume of their series.

The Umbrella Academy: Dallas is a chaotic and enjoyable sequel that continues its quirky yet dramatic exploration of a dysfunctional family and their heroic feats.


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Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a copy for review!

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Although the trailer isn’t out yet, how excited are you for season 2?

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11 comments

  • I’m very excited for season 2! I really enjoyed the first one. In the beginning the story was a bit of slow burn, but the more the season progressed the more interesting it became! Hopefully season 2 will be just as good. As for this one, it looks and sounds very cool too! Great review! 😃

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    • Thank you, Michel! I do wonder how loyal they can or are going to be with the comic book material. Volume 3 is coming out this September and it’s been almost 10 years since Gerard Way hadn’t worked on it! To be seen. 😀

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  • I read about the Umbrella Academy and heard it makes a bit more sense in the show than the comic though both have fans and detractors. Seems normally people are a fan of one or the other… at least that’s been my experience reading about it. I think I looked at this volume to read. I skipped it but I’m glad to be able to read your review. I LOVE the cover of the volume and I can see what you’re saying about the story and the art going together since its a rather ridiculous and zany world. I’ll look forward to what you have to saw about the show. 😉

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    • The first volume definitely didn’t seem as promising as the TV series but this second volume is definitely worth the time of fans who are into the more “crazy/zany” worlds. I’ll give the series a shot after the long-awaited 3rd volume of this series comes out this September though. Maybe by then we’ll season 2 will be out, or maybe a trailer! 😀

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