We’re taking another look at The Umbrella Academy. This time, we’re delving into Volume 2 of the series titled Dallas. The same creative team is back from the first volume, written by Gerard Way, drawn by Gabriel Ba with colours by Dave Stewart.
The story starts off roughly six months after the team last saved the world. We find the former students still living at the academy, albeit underground at this point, as the upper floors of the building were destroyed by the blast that could have ended the world — the consequences from the Academy’s previous adventure.
One of the siblings is confined to a hospital bed within the facility, one has become very famous, one has lost their voice while another has gained quite a few pounds due to an affinity for chocolate chip cookies and copious amounts of television.
The other siblings have continued on in their lives and are trying not to reflect too heavily on the past.
However, the past has a way of catching up with them and it’s difficult to avoid when it’s time to pay their dues. Just like last time, the world is poised on the brink of destruction when Number Five’s past comes calling.
The team embarks on a time traveling adventure. Will they once again be able to stop the oncoming apocalypse by rewriting the past, or will their meddling cause even greater consequences for all involved?
There are a bunch of interesting new characters in this volume, including a talking fish as well as my favourite henchmen on the Netflix series: Hazel and Cha-Cha.
This volume has a lot of revelations, a few surprising twists and will challenge your assumptions of events from the first volume.
We’ll have to wait to see what may be included in season two of the series of Umbrella Academy. As with all great literature, there is nothing quite the same as reading the book and gaining much more insight into the motives of the characters within the story.
Way is most recognized as front-man for the band My Chemical Romance and has written The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys, Doom Patrol and Cave Carson Has a Cybernetic Eye. He has shared writing credit in Marvel’s wildly popular Edge of Spider-Verse, introducing new characters that capture the imagination of many younger readers.
Ba is a Brazilian comic book artist and has drawn in the series Casanova, BPRD: 1947 and Daytripper. He has also shared writing credit with his twin brother Fabio Moon on such titles as Roland – Days of Wrath, ROCKnROLL, Pixu and several others.
Stewart’s colours are amazing as always, subtly setting a tone to the art that matches the pacing of the story. I highly recommend you check out Umbrella Academy, Dallas.
Nick Klie is manager of High Octane Comics. For more, visit 250 Third Ave. or call 250-377-8444.