Seven heroes. Seven masks. Seven reasons to binge-watch.
Gerard Way’s The Umbrella Academy is the ultimate emo superhero saga, and after being relentlessly teased about the upcoming Netflix series based on the Dark Horse comic written by Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá, we’re finally getting a first look at it in the flesh.
Spaceboy, the Kraken, the Rumor, the Séance, Number Five, the Horror, and the White Violin are seven kids who were born within 24 hours to women who weren’t even pregnant when they woke up—whatever caused that could make a case for their superpowers. White Violin doesn’t exactly have any paranormal abilities, though the way she entrances audiences with her violin is close enough.
The orphans are adopted by wealthy Reginald Hargreeves as part of his Umbrella Academy project. Years later, the man who sought to raise them and hone their powers until they were strong enough to save the world is suddenly found dead, and the seven siblings find themselves thrown together to investigate his death and dealing with their own clashing powers and personalities. It’s not easy to get along with anyone as arrogant as Spaceboy (who is probably better off always wearing a bubble on his head).
Watch the Academy and its denizens come to life the tune of The Birthday Massacre’s I Think We’re Alone Now cover, from the frosted glass door panels with that telltale umbrella symbol to those iconic old-school superhero eye masks the kids would wear out in public. The trailer also offers a then-and-now look at the heroes in teen and adult form, and a glimpse at that disturbing ice cream truck from the comic that will invade your dreams.
Starring Ellen Page, Mary J. Blige, Tom Hopper, Cameron Britton, Robert Sheehan, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Adam Godley, Aidan Gallagher, David Castañeda, John Magaro, Ashley Madekwe, and Colm Feore, and developed by Steven Blackman of Altered Carbon and Fargo, The Umbrella Academy will be floating down to Netflix on February 15.
That might be the ultimate emo Valentine’s day gift.