Written by Gerard Way (yes, from My Chemical Romance) and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, VOL.1: THE APOCALYPSE SUITE let me escape into a fascinating world of super-powered children born seemingly from an alien force and raised by an eccentric aristocrat who believes in scientific experimentation over love, all in the name of saving the world. THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY is a very human tale in spite of its sci-fi leanings. It's dark and moody and yet light-hearted and fun. Sure, it's the end of the world, but sibling rivalry seems more important. It's equal parts sweet, sadistic, and superheroic. I'm glad I gave it a chance.