Today (or maybe yesterday)'s required reading: Sean Witzke on Gerard Way & Gabriel Ba's Umbrella Academy.
Who knew that the singer from My Chemical Romance could write? Someone at Dark Horse, I guess, or maybe they were just betting on crossover appeal. Either way, Umbrella Academy is definitely one of the best comics I've read in the last year or so. Sure, its influences are as obvious as Way's melodies, but they're fun influences, and what's more they resolve themselves into a personal patchwork mythology. This is what links Umbrella Academy my two other favourite pop comics of the moment, All Star Superman and Casanova -- all three books take bits of beloved pop culture detritus and chop them up so that the big emotional beats, jokes and moments of genuine madness hit hard all over again. Oh, yeah, plus you know how Gabriel Ba totally tore it up on the first Casanova arc? Well he does it all over again here, and... yeah, go read Sean's piece, cos it's way more articulate than this little ramble is shaping up to be.
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