Hello, my darling readers!
I couldn’t help but bingeing The Umbrella Academy’s second season. Additionally, I dove back into the comics to see whether I liked our heroes better on-screen or off!
The Plot of the Show’s Second Season (as found on Rotten Tomatoes):
Five warned his family (so, so many times) that using his powers to escape from Vanya’s 2019 apocalypse was risky. Well, he was right — the time jump scatters the siblings in time in and around Dallas, Texas. Over a three year period. Starting in 1960. Some, having been stuck in the past for years, have built lives and moved on, certain they’re the only ones who survived. Five is the last to land, smack dab in the middle of a nuclear doomsday, which — spoiler alert! — turns out is a result of the group’s disruption of the timeline (déjà vu, anyone?). Now the Umbrella Academy must find a way to reunite, figure out what caused doomsday, put a stop to it, and return to the present timeline to stop that other apocalypse. All while being hunted by a trio of ruthless Swedish assassins. But seriously, no pressure or anything.
The Plot of the Comics (as found on Goodreads):
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!
Comics vs. TV Show:
Well, this is a tricky comparison. The show certainly picked up elements from the comic but still goes in a rather different direction.
For example, Vanya is almost non-existent in the Dallas comics. We do, however, get a standoff between the old and the young five!
To be perfectly honest, I don’t know what to do with these comics. I really wanted to like them but all they do is confuse me. The story is weird and doesn’t make all that much sense. There are moments that have the potential to be interesting but there just isn’t enough depth or explanation to any of it.
The show on the other gave us a vibrant season. The soundtrack, the costumes, the set design. I was already sold when they announced it would be set in the ’60s.
Moreover, the characters got more depth and they have an actual story to them. One that makes sense. We don’t only get a story directly related to the Academy members but also get an insight into the ’60s and the issue of that time.
You can probably already tell that I loved season two of The Umbrella Academy. So, is there also something redeeming about the comics? There is one thing from the comics I wish we had gotten in the show. Five got himself a puppy and it’s the most adorable creature ever. I so would have loved to see that on-screen.
All in all, the comics don’t work for me. I appreciate the ideas and the design but overall the story is just confusing and lacks depth. The show on the other hand draws from those ideas and makes the best of them. In this case, you can definitely forgo the comics and just binge the show!
Did you prefer the comics or the show? Let me know in the comments!