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Review: The Umbrella Academy 01: Apocalypse Suite

Rating: 2 out of 5.


In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born by 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. Nearly a decade after their first mission, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.


Wow, was not expecting this to be such a disappointment. The main problem is that the pacing is absolutely atrocious. Neither the characters nor the story manage any real build before the entire thing is over. This made it incredibly difficult to care about anything or anyone. If I had not watched the show before reading this I think it would have been highly unlikely that I could have even told you anyone’s name when I finished reading.

A rare case where the TV show is about 1000% better than the original book.