The whole world of Netflix''s Umbrella Academy is ruthless. It may be much, much more delectable. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bas have adapted this three-season superhero drama, which is even more maximalist and idiosyncratic than the show.
In the video, there is still a villainous talking fish and cartoon-masked assassins, but their world(s) are quite different from ours. However, the comics'' world is an abstraction. Unlike horses, ranchers, teleportation devices are a common transportation system, and you may purchase soda from a vending machine that allows you to speak and understand other languages.
While trying to do a proper adaptation of the comics would be as savage as the Umbrellas'' efforts to save the world, I cant help but wonder sometimes what it would be like if the show adopted some of the comics weirder plots and world-building. Because they get both fantastic and real weird 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. Although Number Seven is named Viktor in the Netflix series, the comics character is named Vanya, and the following is the case.
Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel is the first villain the Academy encounters.
The villains in the Umbrella Academy comics are a trip. They may even be my favorite part of the entire series, and this is a perfect example of why.
When the Eiffel Tower starts throwing visitors off the top, the siblings have their first villain showdown. Diego is able to take down Zombie-Robot Gustave Eiffel with the classic knife-to-head move, but Eiffel still manages to trigger the tower''s launch sequence. Because, oh yeah, the Eiffel Tower is also a spaceship.
When Allison hears a rumor that Lincoln was murdered, the Eiffel Tower isn''t the only monument the Umbrella Academy fights, however. In Dallas, the memorials end the murderous rampage, manifesting a John Wilkes Booth memorial to the removal of the Lincoln one.
Dr. Terminal, a scientist who developed a machine that converts the matter he consumes by eating people into energy that staves off a fatal disease, is among the other villains featured in the Umbrella Academy debate. The Murder Magician, a hypnotist who saw an Allison doppelganger in half, and several killer robots.
Hargreeves monocle is magic
The Umbrella Academys'' first season, Luther believes that the fact that Hargreeves monocle is missing is a major clue to unraveling his murder, which was, of course, not a murder. But other than the monocles'' red herring moment in the early episodes, this drama hasn''t played any role beyond being quite the fashion statement for Hargreeves.
If you look through the monocle, youre essentially be able to see the truth of a person, such as Five seeing the horrifying experiment Pogo conducted at Hargreeves lab or being able to prove that Vanya was the White Violin even if her body had been completely altered.
Diego and Vanya were in a punk band with a chimp.
Diego and Vanya were still angsty teens in a punk band called the Prime-8s, which named Body. (In the comics, talking chimpanzees are just a normal part of society.) Hargreeves disapproved of the trash racket band, and demanded that Vanya take part in formal violin training in Paris instead. Diego told Vanya not to go and they reached an agreement that after a night show, the siblings would leave the Academy and dedicate themselves
Diego was a no-show when Vanya arrived to the gig, having gone to fight a militia 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 were still in touch, as soon as Diego becomes one of the cops they work with as a vigilante.
Hotel Oblivion is actually a space prison for supervillains.
The third season of the show revolves mostly around 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 built in a pocket area to house all of the Umbrella Academy supervillains. The fact that its guarded by The Scientific Man (a clear riff on Watchmens Doctor Manhattan), and the entire prison apparently doubles as a cosmic trap for an elderly tentacle monster
Fives DNA is bound with that of assassins
Five is well-versed in killing people. Astoundingly so. In the movie, thats the result of his exceptional abilities combined with his Commission training. In the comics, there is a more sinister explanation for how Five became the world''s best assassin.
Temps Aeternalis, a comics appetizer, altered his DNA by binding it with those of notorious assassins, making Five, essentially, the ultimate killer. However, though five killed without a care, he was horrified at this revelation, although it didn''t stop him from pretentiously bragging about his twisted-up DNA in the panel above.
Five and Luther are twins
The Umbrella Academy''s new season focuses much more on family dynamics and definitions. I initially thought that this meant the series was about to go under one of the bigger twists from the comics.
Allison joins together with Five to sassinate JFK, posing as Jackie O and using her powers to sabotage the president. Unlike Allison, the Temps Aeternalis have extorted her.
The timeline preservation agency had gone back to the time before the siblings were born, and put a gun to the head of the only one of their mothers who had twins Luther and Five, to be precise. While 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 in jeopardy.
Luther and Diego take a road trip to outer space.
While weve got some space issues in the series, such as Luther''s moon tenure and the fact that Hargreeves is an alien, the comics are far more space-heavy. In Hotel Oblivion, Luther and Diego track down Hargreeves'' old spaceship and head off into afterspace, a portion of the universe that fails to follow the laws of known science.
Although exploring barely trodden frontiers involves unexpected challenges, they get caught in a merge sweep and their bodies and minds begin to unravel a horrifying and potentially permanent ordeal thats only stopped when the brothers are able to discover the one thing they love for each other. (Cue awws.)
By resurrecting an ancient emperor, Klaus, Diego, and Luther strive to put an end to the Vietnam War.
In Dallas, Klaus, Luther, and Diego purposefully decide to go back in time in order to prevent Five from killing JFK. Unfortunately, their unexperience with time travel shows when they accidentally arrive three years early and in Vietnam. While Klaus opens a restaurant, and Diego becomes a US sergeant.
Klaus and Diego have devised a plan to end the conflict 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 sight, meaning the brothers have to kill the mummy they had just resurrected.
After one plan fails, Klaus, Diego, and Luther abandon their original vow to stop the killing. It turns out that, out of running a bar and having a baby, Klaus was working with a young Pogo on constructing a television. The siblings then use the machine to travel to Dallas, removing him.
Five is serenaded by a Marilyn Monroe chimp
These are just two rather inconsequential panels from Dallas that aren''t exactly that unusual by Umbrella Academystandards. I just wanted an excuse to share these horrified images with you all.