It’s official: Dark Horse Comics’ Eisner Award-winning TheUmbrella Academy is coming to Netflix on a 10-episode order, and we could NOT be more excited!
Written by Gerard Way (yes, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance!) and inked by the legendary comic twin Gabriel Bá, The Umbrella Academy is the story of a dysfunctional family of former super-kids who grew jaded as they retired and drifted apart, only to be reunited in their middle-age by the death of their shared adopted dad and mentor, Sir Reginald Hargreeves. This darkly funny take on the superhero genre is not only insanely tonally unique, it’s incredibly cool, with legitimately shocking twists and memorable characters!
If, like me, you can’t wait to see The Rumour’s sarcastic narcissism or The Séance’s morbid comic relief come to life, it’s the perfect time for a re-read of the two released arcs The Apocalypse Suite and Dallas (and to cross our fingers for Hotel Oblivion to someday drop)! If you haven’t yet checked out this “X-Men for cool kids” series, you seriously need to start now — regardless of if you’re a fan of superheroes or comics! It’s no secret to MCR fans that Gerard Way always wanted to get into the comic industry instead of the music industry, and if you’ve seen his stylistic art mock-ups or his über-imaginative alternate-universe comic writing (The Umbrella Academy, The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys), it’s no wonder why!
The live-action series will be written by Jeremy Slater (The Exorcist), produced by Mike Richardson and Keith Goldberg (Dark Horse Entertainment) and will be show-run by Steve Blackman (Fargo, Legion). Gerard Way will also serve as an executive producer.