The Umbrella Academy: Dallas by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá

The first season of Umbrella Academy dropped earlier this year on Netflix, which is how I heard about this graphic novel series. I previously read and reviewed volume one: Apocalypse Suite. Dallas is the second volume.

Just a few weeks after the Umbrella Academy alumni narrowly averted the apocalypse that nearly came to pass in the previous volume, we find the Hargreeves siblings reeling from the trauma of injuries sustained in battle, the betrayal of one of their own, and bereavement over the loss of their beloved mentor, Pogo. This volume sheds light on how number 5 was able to travel so far back in time, his activities during his years estranged from his family, and how he became such a killing machine in the interim. Indeed number 5’s deadly activities across the time continuum and his decision to return to his family may bring about the destruction of his family and, perhaps, the world.

Meanwhile, Kracken, suspicious of some shady activities around town, cottons on to a series of mysterious, bloody, and violent massacres that police have been trying to downplay to the public and their possible connection to his little brother’s activities. Spaceboy is despondent and reclusive in the wake of the toll that the averted apocalypse took on him and his family and its ensuing consequences that permanently altered his family. Just when the Umbrella Academy is at its most weakest, vulnerable, and divided is when it is confronted with its deadliest threat yet—a threat that may take down the Academy and the whole world with it.

This bizarre ride is a page turner—hard to put down or look away from …and sometimes even hard to understand just what it all means.

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