Get Started In UMBRELLA ACADEMY

Current Series  |  Latest Jumping-On Points  |  Compilations  |  1st Appearance  |  Origin Story  |  Main Publication History  |  Secondary Publication History  |  Key Storylines  |  Media Source Material  |  Key Issues

by snowbi-wan, updated Jun 2019

The UMBRELLA ACADEMY is a series of comic book mini-series from writer Gerard Way (lead singer of My Chemical Romance) and artist Gabriel Bá, published by Dark Horse Comics, the first in 2007 (an Eisner Award Winner). The story is about a dysfunctional 'family' of superheroes, superpowered infants imaculately conceived and born to random women. The story takes place in an alternate history where John F. Kennedy was never assassinated and the year 1977 is the present. Sir Reginald Hargreeves, aka The Monocle, an extraterrestrial disguised as a famous entrepreneur, adopted the only surviving seven superpowered children, and prepares them to save the world from an unspecified threat as the Umbrella Academy. A televison adaptation of this highly regarded, engrossing, action-drama aired on Netflix beginning in Feb 2019.

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Current Series

This is a curated list of the most current series to help you get started with Umbrella Academy comic books. The series listed in this section are predominantly series of individual comic issues, but the list can include digests and softcovers (and even hardcovers) if the material is original material.

HOTEL OBLIVION is the third mini-series in the sporadically-released UMBRELLA ACADEMY story.

PublisherFrequencySeries 
DARK HORSELimited (7)UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION [2018]
DARK HORSELimited (6)YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2020]
DARK HORSEOne-ShotHAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2019](1st UA spinoff)

Latest Jumping-On Points

Comic books are serialized periodicals. The absolute best place to jump on with any comic series is a series beginning, but, if the run has gotten lengthy, the beginning of a new story arc or of a new creative team are other great--and perfectly acceptable--places to get started right away. This section contains a curated list of the latest issues from current and recent series where you can get started in Umbrella Academy. Look below for series beginning or start of a story arc. Subsequent sections explore the subject's publishing history and indicate other less recent places to get started in Umbrella Academy.

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION #6
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Mar 2019UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION [2018] #6 BA CVR A  (Part 6 of 7)UNAVAILABLE$2.59
UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION #7
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Apr 2019UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION [2018] #7 BA CVR A  (Part 7 of 7 (mini-series end))UNAVAILABLE$2.59
      
HAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY
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Nov 2019HAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2019]   (one-shot)UNAVAILABLE$3.24

PLEASE NOTE: The issues presented in this section are either in-stock issues or pre-order/pre-sale issues. To get the largest discount, new comic books can be pre-ordered two months before they are published. We offer pre-sale books for issues that we plan to have in stock when they are published. If you purchase pre-order/pre-sale comics now, you will be charged now, and the comics will be shipped after they are all published. If you mix in-stock issues with pre-order/pre-sale issues, you will create two orders subject to separate shipping charges. In-stock issues will ship right away.

Compilations

In modern comic publishing, it's common (and expected) for individual comic book issues to be collected into compilations of trade paperbacks and/or hardcovers, as well as other special compilations. Unlike the individual source issues, the collected editions typically stay in print for long periods and are less 'collectible.' If individual issues are out of reach or are not of interest to you or if you just need reading copies, the following collected editions of Umbrella Academy comic books are the most recent in-print editions and are the perfect alternative to get started right away with Umbrella Academy. The following compilations are presented in a chronologically-based suggested reading order with softcover editions before any hardcover editions (unless the only in-print editions are hardcover--these are integrated into the softcover list).

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CoverRelease MonthSeries / Number / Storyline
UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL 01: APOCALYPSE SUITEQuick ViewFeb 2011UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2008-TPB] VOL 01: APOCALYPSE SUITE
2ND EDITION ($17.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL 02: DALLASQuick ViewFeb 2010UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2008-TPB] VOL 02: DALLAS
2ND EDITION ($17.99 COVER PRICE), CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
UMBRELLA ACADEMY VOL 03: HOTEL OBLIVIONQuick ViewJul 2019UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2008-TPB] VOL 03: HOTEL OBLIVION
CURRENT PRINTING
  
Available on Amazon Go to Amazon
      
UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION VOL 01: APOCALYPSE SUITEQuick ViewAug 2019UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION [2019-HC] VOL 01: APOCALYPSE SUITE
  
UNAVAILABLE$33.99
UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION VOL 02: DALLASQuick ViewSep 2019UMBRELLA ACADEMY LIBRARY EDITION [2019-HC] VOL 02: DALLAS
  
UNAVAILABLE$33.99

1st Appearance

The first appearance of a character/team in comic book form is often the most valuable issue featuring that character/team. It's a nice place to get started in Umbrella Academy, if it's within your budget. Umbrella Academy first appeared in a preview in Dark Horse's 2007 Free Comic Book Day issue in May. The first regular issue appeared in Sep 2007. Both issues command accute interest with collectors who apply varying levels of significance between the appearances.

  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 [UMBRELLA ACADEMY / PANTHEON CITY / ZERO KILLER] [2007]   (1st preview appearance of Umbrella Academy)
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE [2007] #1  (1st regular appearance of Umbrella Academy)

Main Publication History

Series beginnings are always great places to get started in comic books. Here is the Main Publication History for Umbrella Academy comic books.

  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 [UMBRELLA ACADEMY / PANTHEON CITY / ZERO KILLER] [2007]    
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE [2007] #1-6   
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS [2008] #1-6   
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: HOTEL OBLIVION [2018] #1-7   
  • HAZEL AND CHA CHA SAVE CHRISTMAS: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2019]    (1st UA spinoff)
  • YOU LOOK LIKE DEATH: TALES FROM THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY [2020] #1-6   

Media Source Material

Media source material cover for UMBRELLA ACADEMY

If you've enjoyed non-comic media for Umbrella Academy, this section describes the comic book source material for some of the most popular non-comic media. An adaptation of Umbrella Academy premiered on Netflix in Feb 2019. While the show does change some of the details of the storyine, the plot and results are a faithful interpretation of the comic book source material.

Key Issues

A key issue can be an acceptable place to get started with Umbrella Academy, but they are more of a collector's checklist, as they can carry high price tags. The issues listed in this section are predominantly non-variants (i.e. main covers).

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  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY 2007 [UMBRELLA ACADEMY / PANTHEON CITY / ZERO KILLER] [2007]    (1st preview appearance of Umbrella Academy; 1st issue of this series)
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: APOCALYPSE SUITE [2007] #1   (1st appearance of Umbrella Academy)
  • UMBRELLA ACADEMY: DALLAS [2008] #1   (1st issue of this series)