Comic Book Review: The Umbrella Academy
The umbrellas are back to save the universe again in The Umbrella Academy – Hotel Oblivion! This time Gerard Road and Gabriel Ba introduce readers to a sleazy hotel/prison in another dimension, a spoiled billionaire playing with things he doesn’t understand, a lost and rediscovered spaceship, and a strange (perhaps) religious group all converging on our umbrellas. Chaos ensues. But the Umbrellas emerge triumphantly! Wait, it’s not the Umbrellas, there are birds on their uniforms… What’s going on!?!
[Warning: My review of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s The Umbrella Academy – Hotel Oblivion contains some spoilers!]
The Umbrella Academy is scattered again
The family leaves scattered around the world. Diego and Luther are in Japan looking for Dr. Zoo, an old acquaintance of their father. They hope to get Luther back into hero shape after he let himself go The Umbrella Academy – dallas. In the process, they are taken on a space adventure and travel to the far reaches of space and beyond.
Five is now a mercenary. He is assigned to investigate a sleazy billionaire named Perseus. He asks Allison for help and she accepts in exchange for a favor. During their investigation, Five and Allison find themselves caught in the middle of an interdimensional prison break that derails everything.
Meanwhile, Klaus is kept in a drugged state by a motorcycle gang. The gang uses their powers to swindle money from the rich. Klaus turns out to be the biggest trickster of them all by double-crossing everyone. Things look pretty bad for him as he celebrates his “victory” by ODing. But it’s Klaus so don’t count him yet.
Finally, Vanya is abducted by their robot mother to meet a possible religious cult. This whole situation leaves readers with a lot of questions. None of these questions are resolved at the end of Hotel Oblivion, leaving me feeling unsatisfied. Hopefully they don’t just get left by the wayside like other subplots in dallas and Apocalyptic sequel were.
There is another important storyline in the comic. It follows two prisoners trying to escape from Hotel Oblivion. A hotel that’s actually a prison for all of Umbrella’s worst villains. Of course, their escape unwittingly leads to a mass breakout, unleashing all of these villains onto the world at once.
All of these separate stories eventually come together in one final final battle that brings everyone together. Will our umbrellas emerge victorious? Will the new players overshadow them? Are the Umbrellas finally getting therapy? (They need it!) Well, they’ve already handled two apocalypses, so there’s hope.
The artistic style of The Umbrella Academy – Hotel Oblivion
Gabriel Ba’s distinctive look returns again in the Hotel Oblivion. The general feeling is that a very emo kid has taken over the comic. Although seeing this Gerard Road is the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, pairing his story with an emo artist makes sense.
The look is very simplistic but the colors are dark and bold giving an overall sense of danger to the panels. Down the use of sharp angles is everywhere, nothing is rounded to give a sense of comfort to our heroes. Extremely dark outlines ensure everyone is separate and alone. Personally, I love realistic art, but I can appreciate how Ba’s style complements the Umbrella story.
Happy summer reading
Hotel Oblivion is a fast-paced story that keeps the reader fully engaged the entire time. I really liked how the very different starting points ended up fitting together perfectly at the end.
The story left some questions on the table. He also failed to resolve outstanding details that dallas Where apocalypse After left hanging. Both are frustrating to me. I need to know! However, these weren’t huge plot points (other than those pesky birds), so the details don’t detract from the overall story.
Honestly, I liked this story better than dallas. Maybe even better than apocalypse After. The best part is that you really don’t have to read the previous books to enjoy it. The Umbrella Academy – Hotel Oblivion. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quick and fun read this summer.
The Umbrella Academy – Hotel Oblivion by Gerard Road and Gabriel Ba is available on Amazon and other booksellers now!
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