The Umbrella Academy: What Does The Ending Really Mean?

Gerard Way's comic makes the leap to Netflix, but what happens at the end, and what does it mean?

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The Umbrella Academy has dropped on Netflix, further boosting their roster of comic book TV shows and inviting viewers into the strange world created by My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way and artist Gabriel Bá.

As Netflix look to life without their Marvel shows - this week's cancellation of The Punisher and Jessica Jones ended their corner of the MCU - it's The Umbrella Academy that helps make that decision more understandable. Based on a lesser known property, the 10-episode first season is for the most part an absolute delight.

Centred on the titular group - a number of superpowered children all mysteriously born on the same day, who were adopted by the same man and come back together after his titular group - there's a great mix of superpowered antics, murder mystery, and above all a dysfunctional family drama. With strong visuals, a dark tone injected with humour, and plenty of weirdness, it really stands out from the Netflix crowd. It all builds to a satisfying conclusion that lays the groundwork for even bigger and better things to come in Season 2 - but what does it all mean?

Warning: contains major spoilers for all of The Umbrella Academy Season 1.


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