The Umbrella Academy starts out with a strange worldwide event where 47 women simultaneously give birth. The catch? None of the women were pregnant before that moment. The children are "extraordinary" and a strange millionaire adopts seven of the children, saying they are key to saving the world. He raises them to be superheroes, and shows favoritism to those that have more skill or superhero powers. The story then moves forward to the present day. The children have grown up, and apart, as we are shown the dysfunctional results of their strange upbringing. A funeral brings them back together, and this forced reunion sets events in motion that causes them to reluctantly step into their old superhero roles and yes...save the world. I feel like I cannot describe more without giving it all away and I know some of you who are reading this will want to check the series out. I wouldn't dare take the fun away from you.
The story is so very imaginative and unlike anything I've ever read. The writing was tight and unexpectedly witty while other times it was very touching. The artwork is vibrant and perfectly matches the wild creativity of the story, which is filled with alien monsters, talking monkeys, a murderous robotic Eiffel tower, androids, time travel, and classical music. Sounds crazy, but it totally works. I am completely hooked. The story arc of this six-part series was satisfying all on its own, but it's also obvious it is an introduction to a much bigger story and much larger universe. Many things were alluded to or hinted at, in regards to backstory, that I am already desperate to know. I would dare to say it has re-imagined the whole comic book superhero idea and story, but I must confess I am not completely immersed into the comic book world enough in order to be able to confidently make that statement. Either way, I enjoyed it so thoroughly, that I went ahead and bought the bound version of the complete series, even though I own all six comics.