Umbrella Academy: You Look Like Death #4 Review

by Nick Devonald on December 23, 2020

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

As the series progresses it’s hard not to feel sorry for Klaus, as it’s becoming more and more obvious that at heart he’s just a lost and scared little boy. Running away from Hargreeves and the abuse he endured under his parenthood, he’s replaced one user for another in the form of Viv. It’s a tale of someone finding themselves, or alternatively using drugs and oblivion, literally, to avoid doing so. It’s a surprisingly deep story for the usual Umbrella Academy fare. Of course this is Umbrella Academy so we’ve got Gods and demons, vampires and chimps, vampire chimps, and all sorts of other madness going on as well.

Klaus has been a great choice to focus on for a solo story. Usually dismissed by the other characters, he appears quite superficial and a bit of a loser at times. As this comic explores in great detail though he is a layered, interesting character, who is just a little lost. It’s interesting watching all the disparate story strands and different characters, and trying to work out how they’re all going to come together and what state our hero will be in once the dust settles. There are some great and very unique characters created by this series, and plenty of humour throughout.

It works well as a standalone adventure for fans of either the comic or TV series, with little to no knowledge required to enjoy. Of course if you’re familiar with either or both there’s plenty to love in these pages. Shaun Simons influence is quite clear in the way that it feels a little bit more grounded than other Umbrella Academy comics have done, yet there is still all the usual wackiness we’ve come to expect from Gerard Ways involvement as well.

The art and colours from I.N.J. Culbard have been excellent throughout the series, and it can’t have been an easy job to bring all the various craziness that Way & Simon have written to life but Culbard does a great job of making it look easy.

Fans of either/both the comic series and Netflix show will find something to love here. Klaus is a great character to tell a solo story about and doesn’t disappoint. It has the signature humour and insanity that fans have come to love and tells an entertaining and at times surprisingly deep story.

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