Netflix is killing it with comic book adaptations. Their latest endeavor is The Umbrella Academy. Packed with fan-favorite familiar faces, can it capture the feel of the comics? Created by Gerard Way, co-founder of My Chemical Romance and DC Comics’ Young Animal imprint, The Umbrella Academy’s teaser trailer gets fans hyped up for a comic book adventure like none other. If Watchmen had a love child with The Brady Bunch, they would likely name it The Umbrella Academy. Where does the Netflix adaptation differ from the comic and will it change too much of the story? Watch the teaser trailer and get excited to join The Umbrella Academy.
The Umbrella Academy features fan favorites like Tom Hopper (Black Sails), Adam Godley (Powers), Ellen Page (X-Men Days of Future Past), Colm Feore (Thor), David Castaneda (Sicario: Day of the Soldado) and Mary J. Blige.
The comic books are set in 1977 in an alternate history where JFK was never assassinated. One night, 43 children were born to random women. The comics imply a divine connection. An alien posing as a famous entrepreneur, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, adopts the seven surviving children, all of whom have developed special powers.
Immediately, from the teaser trailer, we see that the setting has changed. The Netflix adaptation begins in 1989. Of course, we only get about 60 seconds of information to go off of, if we’re looking at the trailer alone. But they also show that only six children are adopted, instead of the seven in the comics.
“I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany plays throughout as we get a brief glimpse at the children shortly after adoption and then flashes of them as adults. Looks like they didn’t have the most stable of upbringings.
In the comics, the main antagonist is one of the seven who turns to super-villainy. According to the teaser trailer, there’s an end-world event they must stop, though they’re not clear on how.
The show brings in some series acting powerhouses; Ellen Page and Tom Hopper alone could carry a show. With underrated actors like Colm Feore and Adam Godley backing them up, The Umbrella Academy is likely to be another Netflix hit.
The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion premiered on Oct 3, 2018, and is the third volume of the series. Comixology has 6 issues listed into March 6, 2019, and the first volume is available on Comixology Unlimited for fans who want to read the comic before or after the series.
Keep up with the teasers for The Umbrella Academy on their Twitter page.
What do you think? Do you think the adaptation will do the source material justice? Will the changes in the time period affect the story negatively? Will this be another Netflix hit or will The Umbrella Academy be too far out of the norm for the average Netflix viewer?