The Umbrella Academy comics are so twisted that the show isn't

The Umbrella Academy comics are so twisted that the show isn't ...

The Netflix world of Umbrella Academy is strange. It might be much, much more odd. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bas'' three-season comedy is loosely adapted from the same name, which is even more maximalist and idiosyncratic than the show.

There is still a villainous talking fish and cartoon-masked assassins in the comics, but their world(s) are quite different. It''s a world where people can see a human wrestle a space squid, ranchers ride supersized roosters like horses, teleportation devices are a common mode of transportation, and you may obtain soda from a vending machine that allows you to speak and understand other languages.

While attempting to do a thorough comics adaptation would be as quagmire as the Umbrellas'' attempt to save the world, I cant help but wonder sometimes what it would be like if the show embraced some of the comics weirder plots and world-building. Because they get well and truly bizarre heres just a taste:

The following contains spoilers from the first three volumes of Umbrella Academycomics, but does not include spoilers for Season 3 of The Umbrella Academy. Although Number Seven is named Viktor in the Netflix series, Vanya is also named as such.

Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel is the first villain the Academy fights.

The villains in the Umbrella Academy comics are a trip. They may be my favorite part of the entire series, and this is a fantastic example of why.

When the Eiffel Tower starts throwing visitors off the top, the siblings encounter their first villain encounter in the Apocalypse Suite. Diego is able to take down Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel with the classic knife-to-head maneuver, but Eiffel still managed to initiate the towers launch sequence. Because, oh yeah, the Eiffel Tower is also a spaceship.

The Eiffel Tower isn''t the only structure the Umbrella Academy fights, but in Dallas, Allison hears a rumor that Lincoln was assassinated, manifesting a John Wilkes Booth memorial to destroy the Lincoln one.

Dr. Terminal, a hypnotist who saw Allison as a doppelganger, has also created a machine that converts the matter he consumes by eating people into energy that eliminates a fatal illness; The Murder Magician, a hypnotist, has also created several killer robots.

Hargreeves monocle is magic

Luther considers that the absence of Hargreeves monocle is a significant clue to unraveling his murder, which appeared to be not a murder in the first episodes. However, other than the monocles'' red herring moment in the show early episodes, it hasnt played any part in the Netflix drama, which is beyond being quite the fashion statement for Hargreeves.

The Hargreeves monocle is actually simple, or at least so scientifically advanced that it may as well be magic. When you look through the monocle, you are basically capable of seeing the truth of a person, such as Five seeing the horrific experiment Pogo completed at the Hargreeves lab or being able to prove that Vanya was The White Violin even though her body had been completely transformed.

With a chimp, Diego and Vanya were in a punk band.

When Diego and Vanya were still angsty people, they were in a punk group called the Prime-8s, which includes a chimpanzee named Body. (In the comics, talking chimpanzees are a normal part of society.) Hargreeves disapproved of the trash racket band, and agreed that after a night show, the siblings would leave the Academy and dedicate themselves to the Prime-8s full time.

Diego was a no-show after going to a gang with their siblings instead. This was the final straw for Body and the band, leaving only one album as their legacy, called I Dont Wanna Kill the President. However, Diego and Body did not lose contact as they become one of Diego''s assistants.

Hotel Oblivion is actually a space prison for supervillains.

The third season of the show focuses mostly on Hotel Oblivion, but the comics version of the hotel is in my humble but expert opinion way, considerably cooler. The hotel''s original version is a prison Hargreeves designed in a pocket area to house all of the Umbrella Academy''s supervillains. The fact that the hotel is guarded by The Scientific Man (a clear riff on Watchmens Doctor Manhattan), and the entire prison apparently doubles as a cosmic trap for an

Fives DNA is bound with that of assassins

Five is adept at killing people. Astoundingly so in the show, thats the result of his natural abilities combined with his Commission training. In the series, there is a more sinister explanation for how Five became the world''s greatest assassin.

Five was recruited by Temps Aeternalis, a comics game, in order to combine his DNA with the names of famous assassins, making him, basically, the ultimate killer. However, he was shocked by this revelation, although it didn''t stop him from declaring that his souped-up DNA was unveiled in the earlier panel.

Five and Luther are twins

The Umbrella Academy''s new season is focused even more on the complex family dynamics and capabilities. I initially believed that this meant the series would not be able to make any of the most significant twists from the comics.

Allison joins up with Five to kill JFK, posing as Jackie O, and exploiting her powers to kill the president. But the only reason Allison does this, is because she is being extorted by the Temps Aeternalis.

To be clear, the timeline preservation agency had gone back to before the siblings were born and placed a pistol to the head of the only one of their mothers who carried twins Luther and Five. Even though it is unknown whether Allison would have gone through with the assassination if only to save Five, she loved Luther too much to lose him, even if it meant putting her morals at jeopardy.

Luther and Diego take a road trip to outer space.

While weve got some space things in the series, such as Luther''s tenure on the moon, and the fact that Hargreeves is an alien, the comics are more space-heavy. In Hotel Oblivion, Luther and Diego track down Hargreeves'' old spaceship and head off into afterspace, a part of the universe that does not follow the laws of known science.

While exploring barely trodden frontiers does not involve surprises, they get caught in a merge sweep and their bodies and minds begin to assemble together a horrifying and potentially permanent ordeal thats only ended when the brothers are able to discover the one thing they have in common: their love for each other. (Cue awws.)

By resurrecting an ancient emperor, Klaus, Diego, and Luther try to stop the Vietnam War.

In Dallas, Klaus, Luther, and Diego, their inexperience with time travel shows when they accidentally arrive three years early and in Vietnam. While Klaus throws himself a pity party in the jungle, Diego opens a bar and becomes a US sergeant fighting.

Klaus and Diego concoct a strategy to end the war by resurrecting Emperor Gia Long, the founder of the Nguyen family, and, in the comics, a dark arts practitioner. When the Emperor wakes up, he begins attacking everyone in his sight, meaning the brothers have to kill the mummy they had just resurrected.

Klaus, Diego, and Luther go back to their original intention to stop the massacre. It turns out that out to running a bar, having a baby, Klaus had been working with a young Pogo to create a televator. They then travel to Dallas, leaving his infant behind.

Five is serenaded by a Marilyn Monroe chimp

These are just two rather imconsequential panels from Dallas, which aren''t just that bizarre by Umbrella Academystandards. I just wanted an excuse to share these shamed images with you all.