I have avoided this one for a little while now. Sure I saw it as a recommended read on Comixology. But if you know anything about me, you will know right off that I am stubborn and I avoid anything recommended to me. Call it a character flaw if you will but I have to do it my own way by golly and that is how I am going to do it…
And then I was in one of the libraries that I frequent. (Wow that seems so much like a "meanwhile behind the umbrella factory segue"). Anyway, I have three physical libraries that I go to for books, music, and graphic novels. One of them is the one that I am currently working at and then the other two are locals that give a larger access to the stuff I get into. Mind you, that is an important thing for libraries, how much access they give you. If you can't find what you are looking for then what is the point, right?
If you hadn't noticed I have already gotten derailed in my thoughts about this one. That is how much I tried to avoid it and all that. So let's take it back a little bit. Yep, I avoided it, there was always something else to read that took precedence over what I could see in this one. I mean the cover itself is fairly simply. Just a black and white drawing of a woman's body painted like a violin. They add in the color red with a banner telling you the title and creators, but that's just a marketing gimmick. So really, this has the possibility of being something bland and boring.
See, when I ran across the physical copy of it, I was reminded that I had seen it so many times before and put it aside. In that moment I knew this was something that I had to read or it wouldn't leave me alone.
And through all of this I just realized that I hadn't even mentioned the name of this one. In simple terms, it is The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Dark Horse, 2008). We can take that to so many different comic references that I don't have the time to even list them all. So we are going to leave that bit of it alone other than to say that the Umbrella Academy is the name of the organization in the book and leave it at that.