Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #2 Review

by Nick Devonald on October 20, 2020

Writers: Gerard Way & Shaun Simon
Artist: I.N.J. Culbard
Colours: I.N.J. Culbard
Letters: Nate Piekos of Blambot

The second issue of You Look Like Death really dives deep into Klaus’ character, now that he’s been separated from the rest of the Umbrella Academy following the events of the first issue. We get a chance to see how monstrous Reginald Hargreeve’s was to Klaus during his childhood and get a good sense of what it is that makes him tick. It’s also an opportunity to explore some of adult Klaus’ abilities and to learn what it is he can and can’t do. Not only that, but as the comic carries on it looks as if Klaus has abilities even he wasn’t aware of. As one of the standout stars of The Umbrella Academy it’s nice to be able to spend sometime with him aware from the rest of the academy and let his character really shine.

Of course this is the Umbrella Academy, and while it’s great to spend some time with Klaus as he’s off gallivanting there needs to be an absolutely bonkers villain to oppose him, and this issue we get to spend a little more time with Shivers, the vampire gorilla who was teased in the first issue. While the storyline concerning him feels like a secondary plot at the moment it’s only a matter of time before the two of them come into conflict and it’ll be interesting to see how that story develops. The story involving the vampires feels very much in line with some of the outrageous stories from the main Umbrella Academy series, so readers looking for more of the insanity which is synonymous with The Umbrella Academy will not be disappointed.

I.N.J. Culbard does a brilliant job with the art and colours, he’s brought his own style to the series, yet manages to capture the unique feel that the main series has with Gabriel Bá’s unique art. Each of the new characters he’s introduced have their own feel and look, but it’s Klaus that really shines. And when there are flashback to young Klaus Culbard manages to make him look incredibly vulnerable, making the reader really feel for and emphasise with him.

Just like the first issue, any excuse to return to the world of the Umbrella Academy is a great one, and the fact that this issue focuses on one of the breakout stars of the academy is excellent. The background story involving Vampire Gorilla’s feels very much in line with the absolutely bonkers stories that the Umbrella Academy is notorious for, and it feels like things are shaping up to be another unforgettable excursion to the world of the Academy. The art is fantastic and a real highlight of the comic.

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