Netflix’s latest smash-hit piece of original programming is The Umbrella Academy, an adaptation of the Gerard Way and Gabrielle Ba-running comic series of the same name.
The series follows a group of special children with various powers who are adopted and trained to save the world. Unfortunately, their upbringing is less than ideal and before long they’re putting the “fun” into the dysfunctional family unit and have gone their separate ways, the fate of the world be damned. But when their adoptive father dies, the siblings reunite and are forced to deal with a destiny that can never be avoided, while dealing with their personal problems along the way.
At the moment The Umbrella Academy comics consists of three volumes; Apocalypse Suite, Dallas and the ongoing Hotel Oblivion.
Season one of the show is an adaptation of the first two volumes of the comic series, mixing and matching plotlines together in a new way while maintaining the core of the comics. As with most adaptations, The Umbrella Academy chooses to go its own route with the Apocalypse Suite and Dallas plotlines and this is for the better.
If you haven’t read the comics and are just jumping into this for a new show or superhero fix, you’ll have missed out on nothing by not having read the source material.
Like most Netflix shows, it suffers from the “just one too many episode syndrome”.
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