April 25th, 2021

Book 34 - 2019

Book 34: The Umbrella Academy: Volume 2 - Dallas by Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba - 192 pages

Description from bookdepository.co.uk:
The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it's a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is--each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor has lost her voice--the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track and the Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres...all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins, and a plot to kill JFK!

The second Umbrella Academy volume expands further on the misfit family of siblings, and I can now see how some of the various side stories in the television series came about. Dallas goes into part of 5's backstory, explaining what he did in the years he was gone, primarily being his career as an assassin. There's more backstory to this, to how he became so good, but the story focuses more on a mission to kill JFK. The story is confusing - how, if at all, it relates to the apocalypse, the purpose of the random jaunt to Vietnam by Klaus, Luther and Diego, the role of Hazel and Cha Cha. I found all the ends were better linked and tied up in the TV series. I also find the art hard to read at times, and that I'm struggling a little to understand what's going on. I really like the ideas, I'm just not sold on the execution.

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9575 / 15000 pages. 64% done!

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