The Umbrella Academy Vol 1: Apocalypse Suite

by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

Publisher: Dark Horse

Format: Softcover, 6x9, full color, $17.95

ISBN: 978-1-59307-978-9

Reviewed by: Library Journal

The space squid in the opening panel has little to do with the plot but sets the tone: outré and sardonic, with cool art. A mysterious alien professor in human disguise adopts seven mysterious superchildren so that they can "save the world"—first from a zombie-robot using the Eiffel Tower as a weapon, then from another fiend who turns amusement park vehicles into killer droids, and finally from one of their own. Early on, child Number 7 learns from the professor that there's "nothing special" about her (yeah, right). Along the way, the plot delivers twists and flashbacks, dropping clues about why this dysfunctional family team disbanded for 20 years and how come Number 1 is hanging out on the moon. But questions remain for the next volume: What happened to Number 6? Who was this alien professor and his plastic mannequin "wife"? It's a tour-de-force debut and a Harvey Award winner for Way, lead singer of the band My Chemical Romance. Bá's vivacious and detailed panels compel the eye to linger just because. For age 16 and up owing to violence and inexplicit nudity. A YALSA top-ten pick. —Martha Cornog