The Umbrella Academy: Dallas is the second comic book limited series of The Umbrella Academy, created and written by musician Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá. The series ran for six issues from November 2008 to April 2009. Tony Ong provided back cover art for this series only. A trade paperback was released on September 30, 2009 which features the "Dallas" series as well as the short story "Anywhere But Here" and nine pages of sketches and artwork (192 pages). A hardback limited-edition version with 232 pages was released on October 21, 2009 and is available in comic stores.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
The team is despondent following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo. So it's a great time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action. Trouble is -- each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own. The White Violin is bedridden due to an unfortunate blow to the head. Rumor has lost her voice -- the source of her power. Spaceboy has eaten himself into a near-catatonic state, while Number Five dives into some shady dealings at the dog track and The Kraken starts looking at his littlest brother as the key to unraveling a mysterious series of massacres . . . all leading to a blood-drenched face-off with maniacal assassins, and a plot to kill JFK!
Issues[edit | edit source]
|In a flashback, the young Umbrella Academy battle the now-living statue of Abraham Lincoln as part of a deal between their adoptive father Hargreeves and President John F. Kennedy. Following the events of Apocalypse Suite, The Kraken has taken more of a leadership stance on the team as Spaceboy has become morbidly obese due to depression. The Rumor, unable to use her reality-shifting powers due to the severing of her vocal chords, holds a grudge against a now-paralyzed and amnesic White Violin. The Boy is hunted by men in gas masks - after a battle from which he emerges the victor, a survivor manages to request the intervention of "Hazel and Cha-Cha," to which The Boy responds with horror.|
|Hazel and Cha-Cha are at a diner eating pie. Hazel asks what is in it, but the cook won't tell them. The cook fondly explains his encounter with a businessmen from Barcelona offering five thousand dollars for the recipe which was refused, and that the cook had told him that he'd have to chop of all his arms and legs in order to get the recipe out of him. Of course, the two psychotic men then proceed to do so. The Kraken encounters Lupo and Body in Lupo's office as he is skimming through photos of a massacre caused by The Boy. The Kraken is clueless on his brother's whereabouts. The Séance is captured by Hazel and Cha-Cha who want to use him to locate The Boy.|
|The Séance tries to use a television to communicate with Spaceboy about being captured by Hazel and Cha-Cha. Finding out about his attempt, Hazel shoots The Séance. The Boy tells The Rumor about his time in the future. He was captured by Temps Aeternalis, an agency that preserves the time continuum and recruits "anomalies" like him to serve as agents. The Boy was assigned to assassinate President Kennedy but rebelled. Spaceboy flies to where the Séance was held and finds him dead. Hazel attacks Spaceboy, while The Séance teeters betweens life and death. Carmichael, The Boy's former superior, arrives to force him to carry out the Kennedy assassination, holding his biological mother as leverage. The Rumor accompanies him.|
|Hazel and Cha-Cha believe they have won, revealing they have the nuclear detonation codes given to The Monocle by Kennedy seventeen years ago. The Séance possesses Cha-Cha and kills Hazel and then Cha-Cha. Corporate millionaire Mr. Perseus proposes investing money on some Experiments, and that anyone who tries to get in his way will be killed. Carmichael briefs the [Temps Aeternalis]] and The Boy on the Kennedy assassination. The Séance, Spaceboy, and The Kraken discover The Boy's involvement in the Kennedy assassination and use a dead Temps Aeternalis agent's equipment to travel back in time.|
|Spaceboy, The Séance, and The Kraken wind up in the Vietnam, having arrived before The Boy and The Rumor and waiting three years for a new televator to be built. The Kraken is leading soldiers in the war, with the clandestine help of Spaceboy. The Séance runs a nightclub in Saigon where he builds the televator with the help of a younger Pogo. Spaceboy tries to warn Pogo about his death in the future before the three brothers travel in time once more. The Boy leads Temps Aeternalis agents to convince his younger self to kill the President.|
|In Dallas, The Boy and the Temps Aeternalis soldiers attempt to convince an older looking version of him to assassinate Kennedy. The older version kills many of the soldiers. Spaceboy, The Kraken, and The Séance arrive and assist in the fight against the Temps Aeternalis agents who now have orders to kill The Boy. In Kennedy's car, The Rumor has taken the place of Jackie Kennedy and uses her powers (restored by the Temps Aeternalis) to kill Kennedy. Spaceboy is disappointed that his sister appeared to have traded her voice back for killing the president, but she reveals that The Boy's biological mother is also Spaceboy's, making them twins. The Academy parts ways yet again.|
In other media[edit | edit source]
Elements of Dallas like Hazel and Cha-Cha and the Temp Commission were incorporated into the first season of the Netflix adaptation of The Umbrella Academy.