‘The Umbrella Academy’ misfit Klaus to star in prequel comic book series
The Umbrella Academy took the world by storm even before it received its very own Netflix show. The super-powered academy rose to prominence under the pen of Gerard Way. The hyper-successful graphic novel is currently on its third volume.
Now, in some recent awesome news, it appears that a viewer/reader favorite Klaus is getting his own prequel spinoff.
The series is based on My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way‘s comic book of the same name. The story follows a household of heroes who were born on the same day around the world with special powers
Adopted by Sir Reginald Hargreeves and numbered one through seven, the Hargreeves family learns how to control their powers and become the ultimate team: The Umbrella Academy.
The new six-issue story will, of course, be written by Way. Shaun Simon will co-create it. Simon previously wrote The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys with Way back in 2013. This time around, Gabriel Bá will not lend his artistic talent for the series.
The series will be titled You Look Like Death: Tales From The Umbrella Academy.
The story will follow Séance, better known as Klaus Hargreeves roughly ten years before the events of The Umbrella Academy. Being a heavy drug and alcohol user that communicates with the dead, Klaus finds himself in trouble in Hollywood.
The official description adds a bit more detail.
Roughly ten years before the events of Apocalypse Suite, 18-year-old Séance gets himself kicked out of the Umbrella Academy. With his allowance discontinued by Hargreeves, he takes to a place where his ghoulish talents will be appreciated––Hollywood. After a magical high on a vampire-drug-lord’s stash, Klaus needs help, and doesn’t have his siblings there to save him.
"For a long time, I had wanted to tell the story of Klaus Hargreeves’ life after the Umbrella Academy disbanded and before the events of Apocalypse Suite," Way said in a statement.
"I imagined a pretty wild decade for Klaus-- full of ups and downs, seedy places, supernatural excursions, and internal battles within himself. I am thrilled to finally be able to tell this story with my co-writer Shaun Simon, who sees the world of the UA as clearly as I do. Also thrilled to work with such an amazing art and lettering team in I.N.J. Culbard and Nate Piekos."
"The sky is the limit to where we can expand the Umbrella Academy universe," Bá added. "This series will be a surprise to readers, and Ian's distinct artwork will help with establishing Klaus' past and building its own personal symbology.”
Dark Horse took to Instagram to announce the news.
Umbrella Academy news: This June, the comic book series about misfit heroes (who inspired the Netflix series of the same name) is getting a spinoff: You Look Like Death. The 6-issue story is written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon, art by INJ Culbard, letters by Nate Piekos. See more on The New York Times today and coming soon to darkhorse.com.
This cool series news is just the content we needed while we eagerly await news of season two. The first issue will be published June 17, 2020.
More on The Umbrella Academy
The Umbrella Academy are teasing fans with a first look at the upcoming season. The show dropped the first set of posters for the second installment of the series.
Season one premiered on Netflix on February 15, 2019. Within the first 4 weeks, the show garnered over 45 million views.
Last year, the series announced the second season in April of last year.
They told the world of the second season with a simple tweet saying “Hello. Season 2. Goodbye,” and dropping a teaser video.
The announcement was made via a teaser video, which only got us more hyped about the big news.
In June, Aiden Gallagher(Number 5) confirmed that filming for the second had begun with a post on Instagram.
In November, a number of cast members have shared photos marking the end of filming and giving their thanks to their fellow cast and crew.
Now, The Umbrella Academy shared the first posters for the upcoming season. The images focus on the eyes of each of the Hargreaves family members in an umbrella silhouette.
If you watched the show, you’ll remember that Allison (Number 3, Emmy Raver-Lampman) didn’t make it to the end of the season. With the new teaser, it looks like she might be back with the family once again.
Season one ended with the heroes huddled together in the midst of an apocalypse with Number 5 trying to get them to travel back in time together.
The show didn’t announce a premiere date for the season but did leave a hint to the storyline of what the next set of shows entails.
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