March 3, 2011
If you have to go, go out in a blaze of glory. And by “blaze of glory” I of course mean “a fight with a space squid, using some kind of laser staff, while standing on the outer hull of your rocket ship which is careening at full speed into fiery oblivion.”
This is a new reprint of an old design that has been out of stock for ages. As of this writing, it costs $20 and is available in all Guys and Girls sizes. Buy it now from Threadless!
February 16, 2011
May 12, 2010
The Umbrella Academy is a thoroughly delightful series written by Gerard Way with art by Gabriel Bá and published by Dark Horse Comics. Instead of a continuous on-going series, Umbrella Academy is released as separately numbered mini-series, beginning with Apocalypse Suite #1 (September, 2007).
The original Umbrella Academy was made up of seven extraordinary children, each gifted with a different ability. Together, they were an unstoppable force against evil, but they eventually disbanded under mysterious circumstances. Now all grown up, the surviving members come together after the death of Sir Reginald Hargreeves, the only father the children had ever known. They realize they must now face a new looming crisis and that only a reunited Umbrella Academy can save the world.
This beautiful cover of Apocalypse Suite #1 by James Jean depicts the Eiffel Tower sprouting a number of giant tentacles. This is, of course, exceedingly cool. It also shows a person (as both a man and a boy) with a mass of tentacles emerging from his chest. This is The Horror, who is long dead when the story opens, and remains one of the most enigmatic members of the Academy. (Incidentally, the blond knife-wielding man is code-named The Kraken, but that is the extent of his cephalpod-ness.)
From the very first page of Apocalypse Suite (below), it quickly becomes obvious to the reader that anything can happen in the world of The Umbrella Academy.
And it does.
Also, there are talking chimpanzees. I’m just sayin’…
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