Its been nearly 10 years since Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba released Umbrella Academy: Dallas and the time has finally come for the third story, Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion, to hit shelves October 3rd. Oh – and as if that wasn’t awesome enough, Netflix has also picked up the best-selling comic series for one of their adaptations which is currently in production! Needless to say, it’s an exciting time for fans of the series!
For those of you who have never read it, Umbrella Academy revolves around the misfit and ever-dysfunctional family of superheroes who were brought together as babies and trained to hone their powers by Hargreeves (let’s just say didn’t win any father of the years awards). When he dies years later, the gang tries to overcome their differences in order to fight one of their own, who’s dipped their toes into the dark side.
Now, in the third installment titled ‘Hotel Oblivion’, we start the story off with the characters dispersed around the world. Five is a mindless and ruthless gun-for-hire, Space Boy and The Kraken are on the other side of the globe in Tokyo looking for answers about their late father whilst trying not to rip each other’s heads off, and then there’s The White Violin, who is back at home and still dealing with the crippling effects of a gunshot wound to the head.
The Rumor tries to help her sister through grueling therapy and overall, it seems like there might actually be some sibling bonding going on between the Umbrella Academy. Just maybe. And where is Seance in all of this!? It’s as my favorite character has just gone and ghosted us. Haha, see what I did there? Meanwhile, far far away in a eerily normal looking hotel, even death can’t stop Hargreeves from meddling with his Umbrella Academy. He thinks he may have figured out the perfect way to stifle the flow of bad guys.
Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion wastes no time recounting the events of Dallas, instead choosing to dive into where each character is at in their personal stories. Seeing as issue #1 consisted of 24 pages, I appreciated it just cut to the action and intrigue that’s awaiting us in this new adventure.
Once again, Gerard Way has done an amazing job with the story and its characters. I’ve always enjoyed how Umbrella Academy mixes everyday life into it’s strange and whacky universe. The best characters are those that are relatable and the Umbrella Academy are no exception – they all struggle with mundane things (injury/illness, addiction, body image, and relationships) while still fighting to save the world. The story is just as much about mending their bonds with each other as it is about fixing the world.
The art in this issue, which is done once again by Gabriel Ba, remains familiar to the past 2 issues but lines also feel sharper and more defined this time around. I especially loved all of the details and coloring when Space Boy is walking through Tokyo streets!
Overall, Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #1 is a welcome addition to a universe that I was extremely excited to return to – Hotel Oblivion begins and ends with a mysterious and intriguing new location and packs updates on the character’s we’ve come to know and love into it’s middle. So far, I’m hooked!