The Umbrella Academy, Vol. 1: Apocalypse Suite by Gerard Way || Book Review

Have you seen the series, The Umbrella Academy, on Netflix?

If that’s a no, you should be watching it right now!

I’ve seen it, although I need to catch up on season 3 still, and I LOVED IT! The premise is amazing and I knew I had to find the book, which turned out to be a graphic novel. A first for me.

The only part that disappointed me a little about the Netflix series after reading the graphic novel is that the casting of the actors wasn’t all true to the original characters.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: A graphic novel
Originally published: 2007

Pages: 184
Format: Ebook

Plot from GoodReads:

In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-seven 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 novel is dark but hopeful. A mix of talents and the pain that comes with them.

Each character is unique, bringing their own element to the storyline; an enthusiastic if not slightly mad scientist, time travel and the dysfunctional problems faced as a group as well as individually.

My favourite character, slightly ahead of Number Five, is Klaus. He’s pretty much out of his mind, sarcastic to the max and just easy going with the flow.

My least favourite is Vanya, not because I don’t understand the character, but her whole attitude and demeanour just got on my nerves.


The whole plot was fresh and captivating, the illustrations top notch and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the volumes.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 3.85 on GoodReads. I gave it a 5.

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