Spoilers ahead for The Umbrellas Academy, both Netflix series and comic.
The Umbrellas Academy is one of the most Batshite symphonies composed by Netflix for a long time, building a mad movement of mad movement until it grows in its tenth episode, finally ending on a suspended note, a deliciously frustrating cliffhanger that leaves to the whole earth a burning and burning mess. . Now that I have literally used every musical term in my vocabulary, let's discuss this end and how it improves the source material for comic books. Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá transforming the end of the world into a resolutely family affair.
But first: Was Reginald Hargreeves an alien all the time?
Yes, the first moments of the Season 1 finale of the show reveal that Hargreeves, the billionaire patriarch to the great love of Umbrella Academy played by Colm Feore, comes from another planet. And things are not very beautiful for Hargreeve's home world; the ships take off by the score, suggesting an escape from a planet towards Krypton. Hargreeves leaves behind a dying woman who gives him his violin, which he ends up offering to Vanya (Ellen Page) in a more tender moment than he will ever recognize and goes to Earth.
This is one of the points in showrunner history Steve Blackman remained true to his adaptation, alongside Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) Vocal chord agreements, Vanya's transformation into an extremely powerful world and the assassination of Pogo (#RIPPogo). But the major change from comics to the TV series is the apocalypse itself. In the book, the assembled Umbrella Academy successfully prevents Vanya from playing her final symphony – the number five shoot her in the head, but she survives – while the Netflix series takes a new turn by blowing up the moon, sending catastrophic meteorites crush on Earth. Number five suggests a very risky trip back in time, and goes to the Umbrella Academy, including Vanya.
The Way and Bá comic strip is a wonderful journey in itself, but it is much more villainous than Vanya, dubbed the White Violin by a crazy and megalomaniac band leader. (There's a lot going on in this comic book, you should take a look at it.) Vanya is a more tragic character, a person who has finally discovered the extraordinary power she wanted all her life is enough to kill us all. When her adoptive siblings go to the theater, they seek to save her as much as to save the world. This is a key element that explains how the adaptation of Netflix is a series of unique superheroes. There are gun battles and masked bandits, and fucking time travel, but it's a family affair. Each of these people has good arches that lead them to this final confrontation together, not as superheroes but as brothers and sisters, and in their first test as a reunified front they fail spectacularly. .
This is perfect because members of the Umbrella Academy are imperfect. But at the end of season 1, they all grew up. Instead of seeing the failure and fleeing, separated, as they did in their childhood, they see the world end, shake hands and decide to try again. Together.