a stylish superhero story that struggles to rise above the clichés

a stylish superhero story that struggles to rise above the clichés

Like most in the superhero genre, The Umbrella Academy (Netflix) began life as a comic book series. What is less common is that this award-winning comic book was created and written by a rock star. In 2006, the same year that My Chemical Romance released their rock opera album The Black Parade, its singer Gerard Way was working on his first graphic novel with illustrator Gabriel Bá.

Set among a dysfunctional group of children and young adults with superpowers, raised within an academy run by a grumpy British man, the comparisons with The X Men are unavoidable. But this is an inch less-polished, scrappier version than that – making it more X Men spliced with the aesthetic of Terry Gilliam. And…

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