The Umbrella Academy is a series that takes the notion of family dysfunction to the next level, quite literally.
The show is based on the comic book series of the same name, published by Dark Horse Comics (no relation to passed Beatle George Harrison’s ‘Dark Horse’ imprint), about seven children born in different parts of the world but at the same time and adopted by an eccentric billionaire-turned-inventor.
The eccentric raises his adopted kids to become superheroes of sorts, their mission, to save the world from a pending apocalypse, but disagreements amid the siblings sees them estranged for quite some time… until dad dies, and six of them, plus the ghost of the seventh, reunite.
Instead of typical Marvel or DC-like fitness and toughness, each hero in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is subject to a certain flaw and unafraid to reveal relatable human emotion.
Starring Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Robert Sheehan, Aidan Gallagher, and Justin H. Min, The Umbrella Academy has gained an impressive cult following and, just like Netflix series Stranger Things, it looks like picking up a greater mainstream audience sooner than later.
Great news for fans is that a second season has been confirmed which will consist of 10 episodes, and will begin production mid this year.
What I love most about this show is its refreshing representation of “The Superhero”. Instead of typical Marvel or DC-like fitness and toughness, each hero in ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is subject to a certain flaw and unafraid to reveal relatable human emotion.
Catch it if you haven’t yet.
Season One of ‘The Umbrella Academy’ is available to stream on Netflix.