The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite

The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite

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** Now a live-action series on Netflix! **

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."

These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.

• This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and Gerard Way.

• "Flawless…stylish, imaginative."—Newsarama

• Listed as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).

•'s #1 Graphic Novel of 2008!

• A New York Times bestseller!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621151142
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 06/17/2008
Series: Umbrella Academy Series
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 7,900
File size: 72 MB
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About the Author

Gerard Arthur Way (born April 9, 1977) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, and comic book writer who was the lead vocalist and co-founder of the American alternative rock band My Chemical Romance from its formation in September 2001 until its split in March 2013. His debut solo album Hesitant Alien was released on September 30, 2014. He also wrote the comic mini-series The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys and the Eisner Award-winning comic book The Umbrella Academy.

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The Umbrella Academy, Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 66 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm a big fan of MCR, but when I heard that Gerard Way was getting a comic book published, I thought it wasn't going to be any good. But recently I read a review of 'The Umbrella Academy' and it was full of praise. So I decided to give it a go and read it. It's the first comic book I've ever read, but it was truely amazing. Now I'm hooked and I keep rereading it. If you're thinking of buying it, don't hesitate. You will definatly enjoy it.
amanda_way More than 1 year ago
I think Gerard did and awesome job on Umbrella Aceademy! I loved the characters and the storyline! Good job Gee.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I had never picked up a comic book, but I was getting this one to surprise my boyfriend. I ended up wanting to skim it, then I got hooked. I almost wanted to keep it and not give it to him! I'm definitely buying myself a copy! The artwork was amazing, I could look at it for days. The storyline really pulls you in. Half the time I was reading my mother was trying to talking to me with no avail. Everyone who loves MCR, Gerard Way, or just comics, should totally buy this!   
radioactive-hamster More than 1 year ago
I took me awhile before getting around to reading this and I'm very sorry for that. Umbrella Academy is an offbeat superhero story with "normal" heroes. Heroes who don't want to be heroes, or fail at being heroes. No one is invincible, no one leaves without injury, some of them even mortal and/or life altering. The tone of the story is friendly, more cinematic or like someone telling it to you, rather than reading it. The only negative I have for it is that I wish that their was a pause button, or slow button so that it lasted longer. As you read it you have the feeling that their are other words in between the panels that you can't see and if you could the story would be richer for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
ok, so i love my chemical romance, but i am completely obsessed with Gerard Way ^.^ when i heard he had a book out, i had to read it, and i love it, it just makes him that much more amamzing ^.^
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Gerard never disappoints me. From his music, to personality, to writing. He's all around awesome sauce.
blackroseromance More than 1 year ago
I really can not wait to get this book! ugh! I love gee and I already read like a sample of it on my ipod but now im ordering the whole thing! really excited!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like the "Royal Tenanbaums" meets the "X-Men" but less depressing and preachy. Such a fun read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have just been getting into graphic novels but when i heard Gerard wrote The Umbrella Academy, I figured it would be a good one to start off reading, and I was right. Not just the art but the story is so original and it kept me reading. I am a big fan of MCR but that has nothing to do with me enjoying the UA. I do find it confusing in some areas but overall it was very enjoyable. I know Gerard is writing a new comic so that makes me excited to see what his creative mind has come up with next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
oh. my. gosh! gerard way, of my chemical romance, is talented in both musical && literal arts. His new comic book entitled 'The Umbrella Academy' writes out a wonderful story from the depths of Way's highly imaginative and creative mind! I would recommend this comic to ANYONE who believes that not ALL comic books should be idiotic and brain rotting, but enjoys a comic that has a true STORY behind it, and has a hint of political sense in it. (: MCRmy
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The Umbrella Academy was truley amazing!!! I loved everything about it. It was well written by Gee and the drawings were spectacular. people thought it was gonna suck but it really didn't, I think everyone should read it. It was written by a true artist
JillJemmett 11 months ago
Whenever I hear a book has been adapted into a movie or tv series, I have to check it out. I saw ads for The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, so I wanted to read the graphic novel before watching the show. I was shocked when I saw that it was written by Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance. I loved their music when I was growing up, but I never expected that Gerard Way would write a super hero graphic novel. This was a great graphic novel! It has an ensemble cast of people who grew up together, and had special powers, but drifted apart as they got older. They are reunited when their father dies, and they have to save the world from the apocalypse. This story reminded me of Marvel’s Runaways because of the ensemble cast of characters with different powers. The narrative style reminded me of Lemony Snicket’s voice in the Series of Unfortunate Events. There were funny comments on events in the story, which is a great way to bring the reader into the story. I loved this story! I can’t wait to watch the show now.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A far quicker read than I expected going in but I’ll take it. It was incredibly humorous at times and the colors transferred well onto my nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The artwork and story were fun and intriguing and fresh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looking forward to the second volume.
BrynDahlquis on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Nice art and I liked the characters and the slight absurdity to the plot. Fun read.
elmyra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A little silly for my liking.
jasonli on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The following refers to the iPhone-app version of this book:A postmodern superhero comic that weaves together the end of the world with a troubled superhero family. The story moves along with an exciting and urgent sense of momentum that's propped up a never-ending string of mysteries. Unfortunately, I found the unrelenting pace a little heavy-handed (though I have to admit I did read the entire book in two sittings) and did not leave much room to create a sense of depth.The illustrations are superb, and the iPhone app moves smoothly and beautifully.Read if: You want quick superhero fun with a dark twist.Avoid If: You seek deep character development or a slow, simmering and dark superhero tale.
shannonkearns on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book was quite good. very nice artwork and an interesting story. i would have liked more of the back story filled in. there seemed to be a lot of things left out, but it was a good beginning.
Tangraya on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Umbrella Academy: Apocalyse Suite #1 is the first comic in a series of six by musician Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba. The series is about a group of superheroes who reunite after many years to save the world from total annihilation but the first book explains the Umbrella Academy¿s famous but dysfunctional past. The six children were adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves because of their ¿special¿ talents and he used them to fight crime. For reasons unknown, the group eventually disbanded and now, twenty years later, they are united once more by Hargreeves death and a mysterious purpose¿I will admit that the only reason I read this comic is because of My Chemical Romance. I was huge fan of the band and a huge fan of Gerard Way. I had not read many comics, just Archie and Garfield and I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of detail that is put into them. Gabriel Ba¿s depiction of the characters and of the action is incredible. I love the detail that goes into the background and how you can read the comic and over and over and still find new things in the pictures. Way¿s story is also good, although it took me a few reads to get into the characters. There isn¿t a lot of background for them yet, so it¿s hard to get involved in the story. A lot is implied by the illustrations, not by the dialogue and I thought that there could have been more action with Gustave Eiffel but otherwise I found this to be a really great comic by a very talented artist and writer and it definitely made me want to follow the rest of the series.
goodinthestacks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I hated this book because it's not fair that Gerard Way is not only both an excellent comic book writer and artist, but he's the lead singer of a very popular band. That's just me being jealous though.The truth is that I thought this was a great read. The art was phenomenal. The story was unique and intriguing. I cared about the characters. I wish I could hate it, but I loved it.
dst on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Kicks off great, drifts back closer to mediocrity. Still great fun.