Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #1 Review

by Nick Devonald on September 16, 2020

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

You Look Like Death is a spin of from the regular Umbrella Academy stories, this time giving us a story focusing entirely on Klaus, or Number Four as Hargreeves calls him. As good as the three volumes of The Umbrella Academy have been we’ve never had an opportunity to spend a prolonged period of time with any of the charcters yet, which is one of the reasons that You Look Like Death is so good.

This story focuses on Hargreeves having had enough of Klaus’ behaviour and kicking him out of the Academy. What follows is Klaus going through a series of hijinks in an attempt to get back into the Academy, before giving up and heading off into the city. It gives fans a chance to get cameo’s from the majority of his siblings which is always welcome. It’s an issue filled with plenty of humour and a reminder why Klaus is such a fan favourite. The overall story for this mini-series is only teased here, it’s mostly just a good, fun issue filled with plenty of Klaus. And that is definitely not a bad thing. But events in the background hint at plenty of the typical bonkers action we’ve come to expect from the Umbrella Academy, whether that’s on the big screen or the comic series.

For readers new to Umbrella Academy comics, whether drawn here by the Netflix series or just curious what all the fuss is about, this issue is easy to pick up and doesn’t rely on having read any of the series which have come before. Of course if you have read everything prior to this you’ll take a little bit more away from the comic, but it’s a good read either way.

Replacing regular Umbrella Academy artist Gabriel Ba, You look Like Death is drawn and coloured by I.N.J. Culbard. He manages to remain faithful to Ba’s character designs while making his own mark on the series as well. He manages to bring a certain realism to some of the more outlandish and crazy scenes that The Umbrella Academy is renowned for.

While this may only be the intro to this latest mini-series it’s good fun and sure to delight fans of The Umbrella Academy. Klaus is one of the funnier characters in the series and putting him into the spotlight is an excellent decision. I.N.J. Culbard does a great job with the art, capturing the feel of Ba’s Umbrella Academy without feeling like he’s just imitating him. An excellent first issue, whether a seasoned fan or new to the series there’s something for everyone here.

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