The Best of 2007: Umbrella Academy

apocalypsesuite.jpgIt’s time once again for me to list the best in comics of the past year, before we say goodbye to 2007. I am not going to rank them as I have in previous blog entries because I simply can’t decide and takes way too long, so I thought it would just be good to tell you what rocked this year and what wasn’t so great. So making the list, no surprise is The Umbrella Academy from Dark Horse. This could possibly be the best indy book out there (though Dark Horse is pretty mainstream so not sure if calling it that is 100 percent accurate). This is only a 6 issue series and only halfway through it, it’s already been pretty spectacular with artwork that will blow you away from Brazilian cartoonist Gabriel Ba who is reminiscent of Mike Mignola but with a style all his own.

Don’t be fooled by those who put the book down because of the fact it was written by the lead singer of My Chemical Romance. This book has been written about everywhere and featured even on MTV but I can honestly say that it makes no difference who wrote it and the recognition is well deserved. I think it advances the industry with some innovative storytelling.

This comic which I’ve heard described as an “emo” version of the X-Men is simply a gem. Pick up the first 3 issues if you can and read the entire series, it’s one of the best in the industry and one of the best of the past year.


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