Why It's a Good Thing The Umbrella Academy TV Show and Comic Book Are So Different


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Like many other book-to-TV adaptations, Netflix’s The Umbrella Academy strays away from its original source material — and that may actually be a good thing. The first season of The Umbrella Academy takes inspiration from volume one of Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá’s comic book series called The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, while season two takes its inspiration from volume two of the comic book series called The Umbrella Academy: Dallas. Notice how I said it takes “inspiration from” versus being “based upon”? Well, that’s because minus the characters and a storyline or two . . . there isn’t really much similarity between the iterations.

In the first season of The Umbrella Academy, the Hargreeves siblings join together when their long lost brother, Number Five (Aidan Gallagher), returns to present day and tells them the world is ending in eight days. Over the course of the first season, Vanya Hargreeves (Ellen Page) eventually discovers she’s the most powerful of all the Umbrella Academy, and it’s this discovery, coupled with her somewhat traumatic upbringing, that brings about the apocalypse. While this plot may seem somewhat complicated, it’s actually much more streamlined than in the comic, which includes the Eiffel Tower taking off into space, a group of evil musicians called the Orchestra Verdammten that want to bring about the apocalypse, and a group of robots called Terminauts created by a man named Dr. Terminal.

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