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June 30, 2009: The Umbrella Academy and Wondermark Nominated for Harvey Awards 6/30/09 (Press Release)

The 2009 Harvey Awards Nominees were recently announced, and Dark Horse is proud to have garnered nominations for the following: Best Artist – Gabriel Bá for The Umbrella Academy Best Colorist – Dave Stewart for The Umbrella Academy Best Continuing or Limited Series – The Umbrella Academy Best Anthology – Pixu #1, self-published and edited by Gabriel Bá and Fábio Moon (hardcover collection to be released by Dark Horse) Special Award for Humor in Comics – Wondermark by David Malki Special Award for Excellence in Presentation – Wondermark Vol. 1: Beards of our Forefathers Congratulations to Gabriel, Fábio, Vasilis, Becky, David, Gerard, Dave, and all the other creators nominated! To see the rest of the nominees, please visit... [more]

January 31, 2009: The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #3 (Review)

The original Umbrella Academy series was an impressive debut from Gerard Way. It was easily the best rock-star-written comic in the history of mankind, which, honestly, doesn't tell you a whole lot, since we were never treated to a David Lee Roth-penned run of "Speedball, the Masked Marvel" or Eddie Vedder's Guy Gardner, Warrior. In other words, Way didn't have a whole lot of competition from the music industry, as far as comics go. But what was amazing about Umbrella Academy (besides Gabriel Bá's art, which was indeed amazing), was the confidence of the storytelling. It never felt -- not for a second -- like anything other than a fully-realized, deeply important salvo from a writer who wanted to make great comics. Way wasn't slumming,... [more]

January 28, 2009: The Umbrella Academy: Dallas #3 (Review)

Believe it or not, this installment of The Umbrella Academy has become even more insane than Apocalypse Suite. And Apocalypse Suite had dismemberment, a heinous surgery, and a monkey getting his brains blown out. The insanity in Dallas is largely thanks to the wonderful new villains, Hazel and Cha-Cha, members of the underground organization, Temps Aeternalis, a sort of time continuum police who are after Number Five for his defection from the group. But they are CRAZY. Really crazy. Dismembering you as they discuss Girl Scout cookies and eat licorice whips crazy. They are like a cross between Vincent and Jules from Pulp Fiction and Smoochy the Rhino from Death to Smoochy, and they’re amazing. Number Five gets more and more fascinating... [more]

January 14, 2009: Vote in the Wizard Fan Awards! 1/14/09 (Press Release)

Wizard is hosting the 17th Annual Wizard Fan Awards, and Dark Horse needs your help! Critics have tossed around their picks for 2008 (see some of their choices here), but now it’s your turn. Dark Horse fans have always been some of the best around, and now’s your chance to prove it! All votes must be cast before Monday, February 16th, 2009. So get to it! Dark Horse is proud to be nominated for the following categories: Favorite Ongoing Series: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Favorite Movie: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Favorite One-Shot: Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch Favorite Miniseries: Hellboy: The Crooked Man Favorite Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Favorite Colorist: Dave Stewart (Hellboy, B.P.R.D., Umbrella Academy) Favorite Editor: Scott... [more]

January 07, 2009: The Best of 2008 1/7/09 (Press Release)

Dark Horse was proud to publish all of our titles in 2008. And while there are several “Best Of” features available in print and on the web, there are some titles that keep coming up, list after list. This isn’t a list of our personal favorites or even a complete list of all the books that have made reporters salivate with nerdy glee this year. Rather, it highlights some of the titles critics have given multiple nods to as we wrapped up 2008. First, we’re proud to have been named Publisher of the Year by iFanboy. Read the article here to find out why we were given the top spot. And now, it’s my pleasure to present some of the best books published in our distinguished history: Achewood: The Great Outdoor Fight From Publisher’s Weekly to... [more]

December 31, 2008: Catch the Umbrella Academy team in three-dimensions this spring! 12/31/08 (Press Release)

Gerard Way has managed to make quite a name for himself in the comics industry over the past year -- racking up an Eisner for Best Limited Series, and a Harvey for Best New Series, for his breakthrough miniseries The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite. In tandem with series artist, multiple-Eisner winner Gabriel Bá, Way has created a bizarre world which defies the space-time continuum, and pits a dysfunctional family of super-powered siblings against animated monuments, talking chimpanzees, a secret society of robot assassins, and each other. Right on the heels of the first issue of Way/Bá’s highly anticipated follow-up series, The Umbrella Academy: Dallas, Dark Horse Deluxe is proud to announce the release of a new figure set depicting... [more]

August 17, 2008: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Review)

Gerard Way, the lead singer of My Chemical Romance, and Gabriel Ba created a surreal world of super powers, musical villains, and intelligent chimpanzees. Forty-seven children were spontaneously born to previously unpregnant women. Sir Reginald Hargreeve (a.k.a. The Monocle), a Nobel Prize-winning scientist and inventor, adopts seven of the children "to save the world." The children, collectively identified as the Umbrella Academy, encounter a myriad of bizarre villainy in the guise of the zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel, the chronal-irregularity fixing entities known as The Terminauts, and the musically-empowered White Violin. Not since Grant Morrison's (who wrote the introduction to this collection) kinetic Doom Patrol of the 90s has a... [more]

August 05, 2008: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Review)

Summer’s mostly over, but you’ve got the entire month of August ahead of you, and you’ll need something to read. Actually, there’s something you need to read no matter what the time of year. Run, don’t walk, to your nearest comic shop and get yourself a copy of the trade paperback of Dark Horse Comics’ The Umbrella Academy, cleverly written by Gerard Way, and brilliantly illustrated by Gabriel Ba. This six-issue story arc, called The Apocalypse Suite, tells the story of seven children born under extraordinary circumstances and who each develop extraordinary (albeit unexplained) abilities. They are sought out and adopted by a rich inventor (and alien) named Sir Reginald Hargreeves, who takes them back to a mansion dubbed “The Umbrella... [more]

July 26, 2008: Gerard Way's Eisner-nominated The Umbrella Academy returns with an all-new series, Umbrella Academy Dallas, this fall! 7/26/08 (Press Release)

"There's no doubting Gerard's commitment to his fans . . . Gerard has managed to tap into the hearts and minds of his fans to a remarkable degree . . . " - NME Magazine Following the critically acclaimed, Harvey and Eisner Award--nominated miniseries Apocalypse Suite comes the newest chapter in the lives of the Umbrella Academy from series creator Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá: Dallas--a story as American as a 1961 Lincoln Continental, where everything will change, and yet . . . remain the same. After the catastrophic events of Apocalypse Suite, the Umbrella Academy celebrates victory in the ruins of their former home. One member's bedridden and mutilated, following the brutal showdown with her siblings that saved the world, and... [more]

July 18, 2008: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Review)

Anyone familiar with the band My Chemical Romance would probably expect an extension of its pop-goth sensibility in the comics work of lead singer Gerard Way. It's there in the Way-written, Gabriel Bá-drawn six-issue miniseries The Umbrella Academy, collected in the trade The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Dark Horse). But it's only part of a jumble of elements in a series that's part X-Men and part The Royal Tenenbaums, with uniforms and talking chimps. The story of seven super-powered kids whose makeshift family reunites, mostly, after the death of their adoptive father, the series is at its best when it focuses on the slyly witty possibilities of the scenario, and at its worst when the plot and characters reveal themselves as a... [more]

July 16, 2008: The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Review)

Yes, this is the Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, and no, you don't have to like his band to enjoy his comics. The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite is a surprisingly robust debut, fully indebted to the superhero genre while still ruminating thoughtfully enough on family, memory and betrayal (both emotional and physical) to appease the snootier comic aficionado. It's like The Royal Tenenbaums crossed with Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol. The dissolution and failed ambition of a family of superlative youths is enmeshed with apocalyptic paranoia and impressive Morrisonian weirdness. The plot's a little thin for the length, but Way's good at misdirection, obscuring that weakness with a bevy of inventive details that ably flesh out this... [more]

February 24, 2008: The Umbrella Academy #6 (Review)

The observant may have noticed that I didn’t join in last year’s “year in review/best of” series here at Rack Raids. This is at least partly because I don’t feel that I read enough mainstream comics to be able to pass judgment. This might be a bit silly, since after all no one could read every comic, or even most comics, produced in a year, but still, my tastes lie enough outside the mainstream that I feel I’m not fully plugged-in to the comics scene sometimes. It’s not that I don’t have my own opinions, though. I just feel the need to qualify them the way I just did. Well, qualification over. Here’s an opinion: the first issue of The Umbrella Academy was my favourite single-issue comic published last year. And now that the first... [more]

October 22, 2007: The Umbrella Academy #2 (Review)

The past few weeks I've been trying to make a dent in my rather large collection of funny books, picking out things that I consider "classics" and that I really should reread. Or, alternatively, I've also been reabsorbing books I haven't read in years and have almost no recollection of. And going through this process I came upon the perfect mesh of these two objectives of mine: Grant Morrison's DOOM PATROL run. And, just like the first time I read it almost four years ago, it blew my mind. Just the sheer amount of unadulterated (and most likely drug induced) creativity within those pages: the concepts, the quirks, the crudeness and the metaphysical, it's just amazing. But it got me thinking, where are the comics like that today? There... [more]

October 22, 2007: The Umbrella Academy 1 (Review)

The first issue of Gerard Way's The Umbrella Academy was a pleasant surprise when it arrived last month. I know almost nothing at all about Way and his band, so I was expecting a simple vanity project from an egocentric rock star trying to cash in on his fame; instead I got an engaging, creative story from a talented artist making an earnest go at creating comics. In this issue, we learn more about the leads, as the remaining members of the Umbrella Academy (minus the dead one and the ostensibly useless one) gather at the funeral of their "father", Professor Hargreeves. The team bickers incessantly and barely seem to tolerate one another, suggesting an authentic family dynamic that goes a long way towards humanizing each character.... [more]

October 08, 2007: The Umbrella Academy 1 (Review)

Humans are reinventing themselves in very literal ways — steroid super-athlete serums, continuity-extending cosmetic surgery and prosthetic limbs more powerful than the original are closing the gap between our everyday condition and superhero fantasy. Coming at us from the other end of the imagination are superheroes that don’t quite look like we remember, in Matrix-chic and with murky motivations and morals. Dark Horse is a particular haven for these types, and we’ve seen the paramilitary paranormals of B.P.R.D. and The Perhapanauts. Many fans have been anticipating the first field trip of The Umbrella Academy, a weird band of preternatural preppies, but all comparisons to their comic elders are fruitless — this is an entirely original... [more]

October 02, 2007: The Umbrella Academy 1 (Review)

Umbrella Academy is the new crack! Promoted solely on the fame and crazy of its writer and creator, rockstar Gerard Way, him of the Chemical Romance fame, I expected nothing more than a dose of wacky with a side order of amazing art, courtesy of CASANOVA's Brazilian power-art-house Gabriel Ba (with a funny accent mark on the a I can't replicate right now. Gabriel Ba', Gabriel Ba'). Who knew a rockstar could write our socks off? The Umbrella Academy is nothing sort of amazing and I'll tell you all about it: Fathered and led by wacky wealthy and world-renowned inventor Sir Reginald Hargreeves, a.k.a. the Monocle, the Umbrella Academy consists of 7 mutant children-prodigies, the surviving few of a world-wide simultaneous miracle birth... [more]

September 20, 2007: The Umbrella Academy (Review)

Rock stars who dig comics and trade on their fame to break into the field are certainly nothing new, or even unusual. What is unusual, however, is for the rock star in question to downplay rather than trumpet their involvement, as My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way does with his new series, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite (Dark Horse Comics). Even more unusual? For the comic to be this great. Way’s work is remarkably polished, and he takes to scripting far better than many of the other celebrity comics writers coming to the field from other media, most of whom evidence a still-getting-the-hang-of-it learning curve for a while. Beyond simply being not bad, Way’s loony action adventure tale fits squarely into his publisher’s... [more]

November 02, 2006: Gerard Way gives the world a sneak peek at the upcoming Umbrella Academy series! 11/2/06 (Press Release)

To celebrate the highly anticipated release of The Black Parade, the new album from My Chemical Romance, Dark Horse is proud to preview Gerard's upcoming comics series, The Umbrella Academy. The Umbrella Academy tells the story of seven extraordinary, maladjusted individuals and their plight to protect the planet. The series begins when the Umbrella Academy, now grown-up and disbanded, learn their adoptive father, Sir Reginald Hargreeves, aka The Monocle, has died. When the former team members become aware of a new world-ending threat, they must put their personal and inter-personal problems aside and unite the super-group once more to do what they were born to do--save the world. While continuing to work on the first series, Gerard has... [more]

November 30, 2005: The Spirit by David Scroggy 12/29/08 (Press Release)

One of the most interesting and eagerly anticipated film releases of the year, particularly for fans of graphic stories, is undoubtedly The Spirit. As legendary comics creator Frank Miller continues his growth into the medium of filmed entertainment, he brings to the big screen one of the genre's most-loved characters. Miller took the responsibility of translating Will Eisner's Central City and its denizens quite seriously and was not content to give us a period-piece homage. In Miller's discussions with Eisner, one thing became clear--the film adaptation was to be a modern, vital take on The Spirit. When Dark Horse took on the assignment of making sculptural versions of the characters from Frank's cutting-edge treatment, we turned to... [more]