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Early Review: You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1


Everyone’s favorite member of the Umbrella Academy, Klaus Hargreeves aka Seance, finally gets his own solo series in You Look Like Death: Tales from the Umbrella Academy #1 from writers Gerard Way and Shaun Simon and the (sadly underrated in the United States) artist I.N.J. Culbard. The book also acts as a bit of a prequel to the main Umbrella Academy series and is set after Klaus is expelled from the Academy for drug use and other shenanigans by his exacting adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. But it’s an entertaining story in its own right full of, well, drug use, vampire chimpanzee crime lords, a dash of humor, and clean, evocative art and colors from Culbard.

With a varied power set and a charismatic personality in both the Umbrella Academy show and comics, Klaus’ escapades are ripe fodder for a solo spinoff. Way, Simon, and Culbard spend the first small bit of the book establishing why Klaus is so out of place at the Umbrella Academy and establishing his frenemy-ish relationship with his siblings Luther, Allison, and Diego as well as his enmity-filled relationship with Sir Reginald through zippy, humorous vignettes. Culbard uses grid-like layouts to show how Klaus is trapped in the orderly world of the Academy before opening up the page when he hits the road to The City and beyond with a dream and a cardigan. (And a suitcase for accuracy purposes.) His color choices also match this mood going from neutral tones to basically candy with the ever-present green whenever Klaus uses his abilities, such as possessing people or communicating with the dead.

Something I love about Umbrella Academy is how much it embraces the strangeness of superpowers and the folks that wield them starting in the first issue of the series when the young Umbrella Academy fights Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel in Paris. Gerard Way, Shaun Simon, and I.N.J. Culbard continue that tradition in You Look Like Death #1 while maintaining laser focus on the character of Klaus and what he does to keep busy/have fun/keep the talking to dead people pain away while being away from his siblings. The miniseries has been advertised to take place in Hollywood, but the lion’s share of You Look Like Death #1 takes place in The City.

Way, Simon, and Culbard dig into the generic superhero city, NPCs, and all aspect of the setting as soon as Klaus packs his bags. I will probably never stop laughing at a place where you can obtain drugs at a shop with a neon sign that says “Drugs” and is probably part of larger 7/11-esque franchise owned by the aforementioned chimpanzee vampire drug lord. This playful approach to setting persists even when Klaus hits the West Coast, and he goes from standing out to being just part of the scenery. And speaking of the scenery, I.N.J. Culbard adds all kind of wonderful background dressing when Klaus goes out and about, like interesting back tattoos or darkly humorous posters in adoption centers, that add to the liveliness of the world that he, Gerard Way, and Shaun Simon have crafted. I am definitely down to follow Klaus down some dark alleys and into buildings with fun graffiti patterns and even more fun denizens inside.

You Look Like Death #1 is a direct hit to the pleasure-feeling parts of your brain. I got the same feeling from reading this comic as I did driving into cop cars and hapless civilians in the Grand Theft Auto games sans all the unnecessary carnage. Klaus uses his powers for pure hedonism, angers authority figures, and has a good time, rinse and repeat. There’s also a bit of void-filled darkness because what else would you expect from a co-writer, who sang lead vocals on “Helena”. However, that’s background radiation. For now, You Look Like Death is the feel-good party comic with queer lead of 2020, but drink plenty of water and get ready for that hangover in subsequent issues…

Story: Gerard Way and Shaun Simon
 Art: I.N.J. Culbard Letters: Nate Piekos
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.8 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

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Dark Horse Direct Delivers Umbrella Academy Fine Art

Before it was a smash hit Netflix show, The Umbrella Academy was an acclaimed comic series featuring everyone’s favorite dysfunctional family. To celebrate the series, Dark Horse Direct presents their latest offering in fine art prints, featuring Yoshitaka Amano’s masterfully artistic interpretation of The Umbrella Academy comic series, originally created by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá! Limited to just 500 available, don’t miss the opportunity to add this unique 24”x32” fine art print to your collection, filled with all of your favorite Umbrella Academy characters!

While searching for inspiration for this particular piece, Amano was on a veranda rooftop at his home in Japan one evening this last September 2019. There happened to be a beautiful Harvest Moon in the sky, that also coincided with the Japanese “Fifteen nights”, the phase of the moon’s path through the sky where the celestial body was perfectly full. It was in this moment, Amano imagined Spaceboy, and the rest of The Umbrella Academy, bursting out of the blinding moon falling upon their unsuspecting target.

Limited to a run of 500, these Giclée prints are hand numbered, with a foiled Yoshitaka Amano signature and will be sold for $99.99. The Umbrella Academy Fine Art Print by Yoshitaka Amano, “Harvest Moon” is available for pre-order exclusively on direct.darkhorse.com and is expected to start shipping March 18, 2020.

The Umbrella Academy Fine Art Print by Yoshitaka Amano, “Harvest Moon”

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Gets a Deluxe and Library Edition

With a new Netflix show and a third comics series, the dysfunctional family of superheroes returned with a vengeance in 2019. Now Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s acclaimed series, Hotel Oblivion, gets the hardcover treatment twice!

First is the Deluxe Edition, packaged in a slip-case hardcover featuring the Umbrella icon with the neon “hotel” treatment, and new slipcase art by Gabriel Bá, to match the Deluxe Editions of volumes 1 & 2! The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Deluxe Edition also includes the complete 7-issue story, plus a greatly expanded sketchbook section. This special edition also features a brand-new portfolio and print by series co-creator Gabriel Bá. This 240-page tome retails for $79.99.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Edition is an oversized hardcover collects issues #1-#7 of The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion and includes an expanded sketchbook with commentary from the creators. This 240-page edition will retail for $39.99.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Deluxe Edition and The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion Library Edition both go on sale September 29, 2020.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion

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Much of the GP team has a long weekend but that doesn’t mean we’re taking the day off. Expect a packed day of news! To get things rolling, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

WSYM-TV – MLK Commission welcomes Andrew Aydin to 2020 Day of Celebration – Congrats to Andrew!

Tom’s Guide – Best Comic Book Apps 2020 – Free Readers for iPad, iPhone, Android – Any you all like?

Whatculture – 10 Best Comic Books That DON’T Have Superheroes – Agree? Disagree?

How to Love Comics – How To Start Reading The Umbrella Academy Comics [Guide + Reading Order] – A handy guide for those interested.

How to Love Comics – Bloodshot Reading Order Guide – Another handy guide.

The Comichron – December 2019 comics and graphic orders up 9%; House of X/Powers of X top dollar GN – For those interested in the race.


AIPT – Criminal Macabre: The Big Bleed Out #2
Talking Comics – Legion of Super-Heroes #3
Monkeys Fighting Robots – Over My Dead Body
ICv2 – Sabrina: The Teenage Witch Vol. 1

Dark Horse will Release Deluxe Editions of The Umbrella Academy

Dark Horse is giving The Umbrella Academy fans an exciting new collectible for their bookshelves with a new line of deluxe editions! Now a Netflix original series with a second season coming soon, The Umbrella Academy by writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá continues with the collection of The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivionout now, and a special new one-shot, Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from The Umbrella Academy, coming out in November.

Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite Deluxe Edition next spring. This deluxe edition collects the complete Eisner Award-winning series, as well as the short stories ”Mon Dieu!” and ”But the Past Ain’t Through with You.” It also includes a 50-page sketchbook section with art by Gerard Way, Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and designer Tony Ong. The 216-page oversized hardcover is bound in leatherette, debossed with an applique of the iconic umbrella symbol, and features foil stamping and a satin ribbon bookmark.

Also included is a lithograph featuring a unique new art piece created by Gabriel Bà exclusively for this deluxe edition. The lithograph is enclosed in a leatherette portfolio, debossed with the Umbrella Academy crest. The book and portfolio are enclosed in a beautiful slipcase featuring art by Gabriel Bà, finished with matte lamination and spot gloss UV.

The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite Deluxe Edition goes on sale in comic shops on March 4, 2020 and in book stores on March 17, 2020. This 216-page deluxe edition retails for $79.99 and is available for pre-order. Similar deluxe editions of The Umbrella Academy: Dallas and The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion are planned for later in 2020. In the meantime, fans of The Umbrella Academy can pick up a copy of The Umbrella Academy Volume 3: Hotel Oblivion now!

The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 Apocalypse Suite Deluxe Edition
The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 Apocalypse Suite Deluxe Edition
The Umbrella Academy Volume 1 Apocalypse Suite Deluxe Edition

The Umbrella Academy is coming to Funko Pop!s

Go on an adventure to save the world with your favorite teenage superheroes from The Umbrella Academy. Bring home Pop! Luther Hargreeves, Diego Hargreeves, Allison Hargreeves, Klaus Hargreeves, Ben Hargreeves, Vanya Hargreeves with a Chase, the time-jumping Number Five with a Chase and Pogo the chimpanzee. They might not be the nicest people but Pop! Cha-Cha and Pop! Hazel are still useful assassins to have around.

Pop! TV: The Umbrella Academy is coming soon from Funko.

SDCC 2019: Dark Horse Announces New Umbrella Academy Including a One-Shot Comic in November

The world of The Umbrella Academy continues to grow at Dark Horse Comics! From new coffee mugs to keychains to wrapping paper, Dark Horse Comics has the perfect gifts for The Umbrella Academy fans in your life! During the second half of 2019, Dark Horse will release a variety of new and exciting products based on Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s award-winning universe, including a new one-shot comic featuring the infamous assassins Hazel and Cha Cha.

On July 31, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy When Evil Rains Mug and The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha Mug. These 11-ounce mugs retail for $12.99. Dark Horse Comics will also release four new The Umbrella Academy patches on August 7, 2019. Each measuring 2.5″ in diameter, The Umbrella Academy Umbrella Logo PatchThe Umbrella Academy The Rumor R Logo PatchThe Umbrella Academy Crest Logo Patch, and The Umbrella Academy The Kraken Skull Logo Patch all retail for $6.99. Join the family!

Being a hitman is thirsty work. With The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha pint glass set, you and your partner in crime can relax and refresh after a long day on the job. The Umbrella Academy Hazel and Cha Cha pint glass set goes on sale August 14, 2019, and retails for $19.99.

The Umbrella Academy Knit Hat is a ribbed, cuffed black knit beanie with an embroidered The Umbrella Academy logo on the front. Also available on September 25, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy Hotel Oblivion Keychain, which retails for $7.99. On October 2, 2019, Dark Horse will release The Umbrella Academy Wrapping Paper for $9.99.

The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion trade paperback goes on sale September 17, 2019. Dark Horse is also publishing deluxe library editions of The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite in bookstores on September 24, 2019, and The Umbrella Academy: Dallas in bookstores on November 26, 2019.

And just in time for the holidays, a new one-shot comic Hazel and Cha Cha Save Christmas: Tales from the Umbrella Academy! In this all-new story, Hazel and Cha Cha—the bizarre assassins who first appear in The Umbrella Academy: Dallas and blew audiences away in the Netflix series—track down a rogue time agent, and cross paths with a plot to discredit Christmas! The 32-page comic goes on sale on November 20, 2019!

The Umbrella Academy Gets the Deluxe Treatment from Dark Horse

Whether you discovered The Umbrella Academy this year with the release of the new Netflix series, or you’ve been a fan since the beginning, you can indulge in this dysfunctional superhero family in greater detail than ever before with the upcoming The Umbrella Academy Library Editions!

From co-creators Gerard Way and Gabriel BáThe Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite and The Umbrella Academy: Dallas will receive a deluxe oversized hardcover treatment this Fall!

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite Library Edition collects the 2008 limited edition of the complete first series, Apocalypse Suite, with the short stories “Mon Dieu!” and “But the Past Ain’t Through with You,” as well as an expanded 50-page sketchbook section.

Similarly, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas Library Edition collects the 2009 limited edition of the complete second series, Dallas, with the short story “Anywhere but Here” and an expanded 36-page sketchbook section. Both sketchbook sections feature work from Way, Bá, and designer Tony Ong.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite Library Edition will be available September 11, 2019. The Umbrella Academy: Dallas Library Edition arrives in comic shops November 13, 2019. Both retail for $39.99 and are available for pre-order.

The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite Library Edition
The Umbrella Academy: Dallas Library Edition
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