April 21, 2024

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Comic Review: Umbrella Academy Volume 2: Dallas

The dysfunctional siblings of the Umbrella Academy find the mess created by Number Five has some dire consequences.

Seeing as how Netflix just dropped a new Umbrella Academy series, maybe it’s time for me to finally get to the second volume of the Dark Horse series.  Subtitled Dallas, it fills in some blanks from the first volume while giving the reader more insight into at least some of the former students of the Umbrella Academy itself.

I liked the first volume.  How did I feel about the second?

Not long after the surviving siblings stopped their formerly powerless sister the White Violin from destroying the world, things are not going well.  Sure, the Kraken can just go back to work and the Seance can just bop along, but the now voiceless Rumor is the only one looking into their damaged sister, and Spaceboy is gorging himself on ice cream and getting fat in front of the television.  But then there’s Number Five, the time traveler who still looks ten years old., has some secrets.  See, his powers only really work by sending him into the future.  So, how exactly did he get into the past again?

Well, he left a lot of details out, and it seems some people sent him back in time with a very specific mission.  And when Number Five opted not to do it, the same organization sent some even deadlier people back to force him the only way they knew how.  As such, it doesn’t take long for Spaceboy, Kraken, Seance, and Rumor to find themselves neck-deep in a mission that Number Five refused to follow.  Either one very important person dies, or the world does.  And the Umbrella kids don’t know about the second part.

Gerard Way’s script and Gabriel Ba’s artwork are a lot of fun, and this is one crazy world.  Talking chimps are a thing here, and the full story behind Number Five’s return is great.  Number Five gets a lot more characterization than the others, though Spaceboy and Rumor both get a fair amount of screentime too, and I personally liked how Number Five, older than he looks, would jump back and forth between a mature, superintelligent agent of a time agency and a kid who wants to play with puppies and eat ice cream.  But the bottom line here is the Umbrella kids can’t ever hope to live a normal life, and that leads to a rather melancholy conclusion.  I’ll probably be getting to the Netflix version soon, but the comic version sure is fun all the same.   Now if only that ongoing subplot about that billionaire guy seemed to have anything to do with anything.  8.5 out of 10 disappointing trips to the afterlife.