I’m new to The Umbrella Academy, so I didn’t know what to expect when I tuned in for this week’s motion comic from Dark Horse on the YouTube premium channel Geek and Sundry. What can I say, except that it was good fun?
The Umbrella Academy is an offbeat, quirky group of super-powered siblings. The story opens with The Umbrella Academy…but the past ain’t through with you, the story kicks off with The Umbrella Academy standing over the body of Rumor, who apparently has been murdered. What makes the investigation is that Rumor is standing over her own body.
Fans of The Umbrella Academy should be well pleased by the production, with some real chuckles, but at just a shade over the 5 minute mark, it left me wanting more. We catch a brief glimpse of six of the members of The Umbrella Academy in action. Space Boy, the super-strong, hulking leader of UA, who has his head grafted onto an alien gorilla body; Séance, a gloomy gus who can levitate, perform telekinesis and talk to the dead; the masked, one-eyed Kraken; Rumor, who can make something she says come true; The Horror, who has the ability to control octopus-like monsters from his body; and The Monocle, the father to the entire adopted bunch.
I thought the voice talents for the characters were well cast, particularly for the heroic Spaceboy, the dreary Séance and the pretentious Monocle.
In this episode the team must face-off against the Amazing Murder Magician—who has already won an Oppenheimer Award for Villainy—and his toady, The Assistant.
The Umbrella Academy, of course, is a clever parody of the classic super team, such as Marvel’s Avengers or DC’s Justice League. In 2008, The Umbrella Academy received the Eisner Award for the “Best Limited Series.”
While I’m new to The Umbrella Academy, I’m familiar with artist Gabriel Ba through his work with Fabio Moon on B.P.R.D. 1947, which I loved. His work marries well with the writing of Gerard Way—lead vocalist of My Chemical Romance and creator of The Umbrella Academy— and Ba brings that same sense of wonderful storytelling from B.P.R.D. 1947 to this motion comic.
The colorist that worked with Ba and Moon on B.P.R.D. 1947, David Stewart, once again works his magic in The Umbrella Academy…but the past ain’t through with you. Stewart, of course, also works on Hellboy and many other comics as well.
I would like to see more of The Umbrella Academy in upcoming motion comics and get to know these characters better. Check out the episode below!