The Umbrella Academy movie is in development hell. This is a sad thing. Fortunately there is another volume out that we have not read yet. Still Brad Silberling would kick the ass of this movie so hard, and I’m sure its soundtrack would explode my ears with joy, so hard. I guess we get another Superman move instead.
Title: The Umbrella Academy Vol. 1 Author: Gerard Way Artist: Gabriel Ba Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: June 24, 2008
I love the games Gerard Way plays with names in this book. The protagonists are superheroes whose real names are just numbers and have code names are straight out of the Legion of Superheroes naming conventions. You want alienation? Take Dean and Sam from Supernatural, but have John Winchester think of them so much as solders that he refuses to give them names besides “Soldier 1” and “Soldier 2.” You want to talk about chosen family? Have your protagonists choose their own names, and make those names be their only names. Sure code names tell us a lot about a character, but if there is no Bruce Wayne behind the mask, if Batman is his only identity, his only name, then the choice of the name takes on even more significance. Kraken chooses a terrifying name because he wants to be terrifying. Kraken doesn’t put on a mask and pretend to be terrifying, his only personality is the personality he chooses. Also he is good with knives.
Vestrymen Grade: I’d say “pull” but nothing is currently being published, so go and buy the trade.
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The music for this episode of Vestrymen from the Future! is used under a Creative Commons licence. This week, we feature Kazoo Funk– “Baby, You’ve No Eyes”, and Ancient Laser – The Last Americans. Intro music is “Action Figure” used by permission from Masai Andrews.