Net­flix un­furls The Um­brella Acad­emy live-ac­tion se­ries

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - Reads - By BRIAN TRUITT The Um­brella Acad­emy fol­lows the ex­ploits of a dys­func­tional fam­ily of es­tranged su­per­heroes.

NET­FLIX is not only un­leash­ing The Kraken but also The Ru­mour, The Hor­ror and The White Vi­olin.

The stream­ing ser­vice has or­dered a live-ac­tion adap­ta­tion of writer Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Ba’s ac­claimed The Um­brella Acad­emy comic book, which fol­lows the ex­ploits of a dys­func­tional fam­ily of es­tranged su­per­heroes.

Way, the for­mer lead singer of the band My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance, said in a state­ment that he was “thrilled” with Um­brella Acad­emy’s new stream­ing home. “I couldn’t think of a bet­ter place for the vi­sion Gabriel Ba and my­self had when cre­at­ing the comic, and can­not wait for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence that world as a live-ac­tion show.”

The se­ries, due in 2018, will cen­tre on the mem­bers of the Um­brella Acad­emy – in­clud­ing Space­boy, The Kraken, The Ru­mour, The Seance, Num­ber Five, The Hor­ror, and The White Vi­olin – who try to solve the mys­tery of their father’s death while also deal­ing with their dis­parate per­son­al­i­ties and abil­i­ties. The first six-is­sue lim­ited se­ries, The Um­brella Acad­emy: Apoc­a­lypse Suite, de­buted in 2007, and the sec­ond, The Um­brella Acad­emy: Dal­las, fol­lowed a year later.

“What drew us to The Um­brella Acad­emy is that it’s wholly unique, vis­ual and stylised,” said Cindy Hol­land, vice pres­i­dent of orig­i­nal con­tent for Net­flix. “These aren’t the usual su­per­heroes, and this se­ries will em­brace the sin­gu­lar tone of the graphic nov­els – dark yet hu­mor­ous, su­per­nat­u­ral yet grounded in re­al­ity. We’re ex­cited to see this world and in­tro­duce these un­for­get­table he­roes to Net­flix mem­bers around the globe.”

Way fronted My Chem­i­cal Ro­mance from 2001 to 2013 – and re­leased his Hes­i­tant Alien solo al­bum in 2014 – but in re­cent years has fo­cused on his comics work. He heads up DC Comics’ Young An­i­mal im­print and writes two se­ries, Doom Pa­trol and Cave Car­son Has A Cy­ber­netic Eye. – Tri­bune News Ser­vice

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