The Umbrella Academy is based on the popular comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá, but do they offer any clues as to the plot of The Umbrella Academy season 2? Way and Bá released the first Umbrella Academy miniseries back in 2007, to much acclaim. It's since been followed by two further miniseries, Dallas and Hotel Oblivion, which continued the story of the Hargreeves siblings.
The crux of The Umbrella Academy TV show is the same; 43 super-powered babies are born to women who previously weren't even pregnant, and the eccentric billionaire Sir Reginald Hargreeves takes seven of them under his wing. He trains them to become superheroes, but his harsh upbringing leaves the children emotionally stunted. Years later, the dysfunctional family learns that the end of the world is coming, and struggles to avert it. And yet, for all the basic similarities, The Umbrella Academy takes great liberties with the source material; the characters are toned down a little, and some of the more exaggerated powersets of Umbrella Academy's characters have been toned down a bit.
On the whole, all of these changes were significant improvements, and the series has been a hit for Netflix. Given The Umbrella Academy season 1's cliffhanger ending, The Umbrella Academy season 2 seems inevitable. But do The Umbrella Academy comics offer any hints as to just what could happen in season 2?
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The Umbrella Academy Has Gone Beyond The Comics
The Umbrella Academy is different to many other comic book adaptations. When Marvel and Netflix created Daredevil, for example, they were drawing on hundreds of issues featuring the character, which have been published since 1964 and are still ongoing. They were able to tap into stories from several comic book industry icons. In contrast, with The Umbrella Academy, there have just been three miniseries, numbering just 17 issues in total. There's nowhere near as rich a history and tradition to draw upon. That gives The Umbrella Academy TV show a tremendous amount of freedom to switch things up, but it also means that season 1 has pretty much exhausted the comics for inspiration. The plot of season 1 is a blend of the first two miniseries, The Apocalypse Suite and Dallas; the former featured the end of the world plot and the latter revealed the time traveling backstory of Five. Hotel Oblivion doesn't really fit in the Netflix world, but there are a few allusions to it nonetheless.
What's more, The Umbrella Academy season 1 ended with a cliffhanger twist that has no comic book precedent at all. In the comics, the heroes were able to avert the apocalypse, with Klaus demonstrating the scale of his telekinetic abilities by diverting the chunk of Moon-rock and preventing an extinction level event. In Netflix's Umbrella Academy TV show, Klaus isn't even a telekinetic, and the Umbrella Academy students jump back in time in order to try to work out how to rewrite history. The last shots seem to suggest that they've all de-aged back to the point of being teenagers again. There is literally no way to reconcile any of these ideas with the original comics. All this essentially means that The Umbrella Academy season 2 is a blank slate. It will inevitably be a whole new story, one that's never been told in comic book form before - and that will surprise readers as well as viewers.