Comic Book: The Umbrella Academy aka: Umbrella Academy
A comic book series written by Gerard Way of My Chemical Romance and drawn by Gabriel Bá from Dark Horse Comics.One day, 43 extraordinary children were all spontaneously born on the same day. Of these children, seven are adopted by the inventor (and space alien) Reginald Hargreeves and groomed into superheroes. However, Hargreeves does not prove to be a good father figure and his inability to give emotional warmth to the children, along his unwavering ambition to push them to their limits, inevitably scars them all as adults. In many ways The Umbrella Academy is both a deconstruction and Affectionate Parody of Gold and Silver Age comics, joyfully embracing absurd and wonderful classics like talking monkeys and space squids while exploring the real psychological effects of being groomed from birth to be a hero in the care of a wealthy man of intrigue.The main series takes place after Hargreeves's death where the team reunite at his funeral. There are currently two complete story lines The Apocalypse Suite and Dallas as well as a handful of one shot stories, all of which are now available on the internet.Has nothing to do with The Umbrella Corporation.
Abusive Parents: Hargreeves. He would chide his adopted sons and daughters if they called him 'Dad'. In one story, he sicced a murderous supervillain on The Rumor when she lied about sneaking out for the night to see a boy. Jerkass doesn't begin to cover it.
"Dad.. ? I mean, Mr. Monocle, sir? Why can't I play with the others?" "Well number seven... there's just nothing special about you." "Oh."
Alien Blood: Gray blood, in the case of one transformed human.
Ambiguously Gay: Klaus. Even his creator has no clue what his sexuality is.
The Dog Bites Back: In Dallas, No. 5 bites Carmichael back rather more literally than ususal.
Domino Mask: The whole family, until they disband, even though they don't have secret identities. The Rumor puts on the mask during the first story to help her get in the groove of being a superhero again.
Everything's Better with Monkeys: One of Hargreeves' inventions was a way to give chimpanzees sentience. They show up everywhere as detectives, soliders, hobos and even one hooker. One of these intellegient chimps is Hargreeves' assistant, Pogo.
No, really, EVERYTHING'S Better With Monkeys in Gerard Way's mind.
I Just Want to Be Special: Vanya. This is subverted as she's actually the most powerful of them all, but The Monocle suppressed her powers because he felt they were too dangerous and the fact they drove her mad when they were released.
Surprise Pregnency: Taken to 11 when 43 women who hadnt been pregent to begin with suddenly all give birth all the same time with no warning, right in the middle of whatever it was they had been doing at the time.
What Kind of Lame Power Is Heart, Anyway?: The Kraken's power is apparently the ability to hold his breath forever. It probably makes him the world's best swimmer and a top athlete, but it doesn't quite compare to, say, re-shaping reality at will. He compensates with excellent knife-fighting skills, to the point where he takes down a pack of Vietnamese vampires with a pair of knives. Gerard Way actually said in a lecture at SVA that he made him "fucking useless" on purpose, but at the same time also said that, in a world where no one else had super powers, something as simple as that is a big deal.
Who Shot JFK?: The main focus of the second story line, Dallas. Turns out it was the Rumor, being blackmailed by the Temps Aeternalis.