The Netflix family''s Umbrella Academy is odd. It may be much, much more bizarre. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bas'' three-season superhero drama is loosely adapted from the same name, which is even more maximalist and idiosyncratic than the show.
The comics'' world is quite similar to ours, given that individuals can watch a human wrestle a space squid, ranchers ride giant roosters like horses, and teleportation devices are a common form of transportation, and you can purchase soda from a vending machine that permits you to speak and understand other languages.
While trying to make a faithful adaptation of the comics might be as naive as the Umbrellas'' attempts to save the world, I cant help but wonder sometimes what it would be like if the show implemented some of the comics weirder plots and world-building. Because they get good and truly bizarre heres only 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. While Number Seven is named Viktor in the Netflix series, the comics character is named Vanya, and is often described 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 even be my favorite part of the whole series, and this is a great illustration.
When children go to Paris, they discover the Eiffel Tower being controlled by its architect, Gustave Eiffel. At the same time, Diego has managed to set up the towers'' launch sequence. Because, oh yeah, the Eiffel Tower is also a spaceship.
When Allison hears a rumor that Lincoln was assassinated, the Eiffel Tower isn''t the only monument the Umbrella Academy fights, however. In Dallas, the Abe Lincoln Memorials shooting will be ended, demonstrating a John Wilkes Booth memorial to crush the Lincoln one.
Dr. Terminal, who created a machine that converts the matter he consumes by eating people into energy that staves off a fatal illness, is among the other villains in the Umbrella Academy fight. The Murder Magician, a hypnotist who saw a doppelganger of Allison in half, and several killer robots.
Hargreeves monocle is magic
Luther believes that the lack of a Hargreeves monocle is a key step in navigating his murder, although it hasn''t played any role in the Netflix drama since it was initially quite the fashion statement for Hargreeves.
The Hargreeves monocle is a real magic, or at least so scientifically advanced that it may as well be magic. When you look through the monocle, you are essentially able to see the true truth of a person, such as Five seeing the horrific experiment Pogo underwent at Hargreeves lab or being able to tell that Vanya was The White Violin even though her body had completely changed.
Diego and Vanya had a chimp in a punk band.
When Diego and Vanya were still angsty teenagers, they were involved in a punk band called the Prime-8s, which was named Body. Unsurprisingly, Hargreeves applauded the trash racket band and wanted Vanya to pursue formal violin training in Paris instead. They signed a protocol that after a nights show, the siblings would leave the Academy and devote themselves to the Prime-8s full time.
Diego was a no-show, after going to a wrestling club 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 get too close to him, as he eventually becomes one of the cops Diego works with.
The Hotel Oblivion is actually a space prison for supervillains.
The third season of the show revolves mostly around Hotel Oblivion, although the comics version of the hotel is in my humble but expert opinion way, much cooler. The hotel''s original version of Hotel Oblivion is a prison Hargreeves built in a pocket dimension to house all of the supervillains defeated by the Umbrella Academy. The hotel''s hotel eccentricity factor is the fact its guarded by The Scientific Man (a clear riff on Watchmens Doctor Manhattan), and the
Fives DNA is bound with that of assassins
Five is exceptionally adept at killing people. Astoundingly so in the comedy, thats the result of his natural abilities combined with his Commission training. However, in the comics, there is a more sinister explanation for how Five became the world''s best assassin.
When Five was recruited by Temps Aeternalis, the comics version of The Commission, they altered his DNA by binding it with those of notorious assassins, making him, essentially, the ultimate killer. While Five kills without a care, even he was horrified at this revelation, although it did not stop him from declaring about his souped-up DNA in the panel above.
Five and Luther are twins
The Umbrella Academy''s new season focuses on the complex dynamics and definitions of family. I initially thought myself, but decided that this meant the series would have to take off one of the greatest twists from the comics.
Allison is working with Five to assassinate JFK by posing as Jackie O and using her powers to assassinate the president. However, Allison does this only because she is being extorted by the Temps Aeternalis.
For those who thought it might have been difficult to see Allison without saving Five, the timeline preservation agency had gone back in time before the siblings were born. Unlike the one of their mothers who carried twins Luther and Five, though, it is unknown if Allison would have been through with the killing if only to save Five. Even if it had meant harming her morals.
On a journey to outer space, Luther and Diego take a road trip.
Although weve got some space issues in the series, such as Luther''s tenure on the moon and the fact that Hargreeves is an alien, the comics are much more space-heavy. In Hotel Oblivion, Luther and Diego trace Hargreeves an old spaceship and descend into afterspace, a part of the universe that does not follow the laws of known science.
In the end, the brothers wear space suits to venture outside the ship and their bodies and minds begin to assemble together a horrifying and potentially permanent ordeal thats only stopped when they are able to find the one thing they have in common. (Cue awws.)
By resurrecting an ancient emperor, Klaus, Diego, and Luther try to conclude the Vietnam War.
In Dallas, Klaus, Luther, and Diego confessed to returning in time, but they were disappointed by their time traveling experiences when they accidentally arrived three years early and in Vietnam. While Klaus prepares a bar, and Diego becomes a US sergeant fighting.
Klaus and Diego develop a strategy to end the war by resurrecting Emperor Gia Long, the founder of the Nguyen dynasty, and, in the comics, a dark arts practitioner. However, when the Emperor wakes up, he begins attacking everyone in his sight, meaning the brothers have to kill the mummy they just had resurrected.
After one plan failure, Klaus, Diego, and Luther have immediately returned to their original hope to stop the murder. It turns out that, out of running a bar and having a baby with someone! Klaus had been working with a young Pogo on constructing a televator. The siblings then use the machine to travel to Dallas, where he has left his infant behind.
Five is serenaded by a Marilyn Monroe chimp
These are just two rather intrusive panels from Dallas and they are pretty naive by Umbrella Academystandards. I just wanted an excuse to share these horrifying photographs with you all.