By Gerard Way (story), Gabriel Ba (art), Dave Stewart (colors)

The Story: Picking up some time after the conclusion of the first mini-series, this new story looks in on the Hargreeves clan to see what they’ve been up to since successfully averting the apocalypse.  Each member has gone their separate way, with some like Spaceboy content to sit around the house watching TV and eating cookies, and others like the Seance growing quite fond of their newfound celebrity.  Number 5 has other things to worry about though, as he is assaulted by a legion of masked commandos called the Temps Aeternalis, an organization that he may have worked for while lost in time.

The Good: How about the fact that we’re finally getting more Umbrella Academy?  This title has proven to be one of the most imaginative, delightfully unusual stories I’ve read in a long time.  From the flashback scene of the children’s fight with the Lincoln Monument to the final battle between Number 5 and the Temps Aeternalis commandos, this series is brimming with mad, wonderful ideas.  There is a great energy in Ba’s art that captures both the quiet and dramatic moments with ease when it’s brought to life by Dave Stewart’s crisp palette of colors.

The Not So Good: My only complaint was that this was a necessarily slow issue, intended to take a moment’s rest from the battle before throwing the members of the Academy back into the middle of the new conflict.  I’m okay with that, provided we see more action and plot in subsequent issues.

Conclusion: Stories like The Umbrella Academy are why I read comics.  Visually splendid and bursting with crazy, inventive energy, this book will reward readers with ideas and images they’ve never seen before.  I can’t wait to see where Way and Ba go from here!

Grade: B+

-Tony Rakittke