Netflix released its adaptation of Gerard Way and Gabriel Ba’s comic book The Umbrella Academy earlier this month and the show is nearly as weird as its source material. The basic premise of the show is taken straight from the first volume, but there are elements which have been pulled from the second volume as well with a generous sprinkle of straight-up changes.
To make things easy for you, here are 12 points which show the biggest differences between the comics and the show.
Spoilers ahead. If you haven’t watched the show yet, bookmark this article, watch the show, and then read the article to your heart’s content.
1. Luther literally has the body of a Martian gorilla in the comics.
Remember when Sir Reginald Hargreeves injected Luther with the ‘chimpanzee’ DNA to save his life? Well, in the comics, he does no such thing. Instead, he transplants his head on to the body of a gorilla.
2. Allison’s power in the comics didn’t just affect individual people, but also altered the reality around her.
In the show, Allison controls people’s minds just by whispering in their ear. Her power seems to be limited to just that. However, in the comics, Allison’s words have the power to alter reality around her.
3. Allison also wasn’t a famous actress in the comics.
It’s quite clear that Allison abused her powers to become an actress in the series. However in the comics, she does no such thing. On top of that, she loses an arm as a child when she was held hostage by Dr. Terminal.
4. Klaus’ telekinetic abilities weren’t made part of the show.
Yes, he can talk to the dead in the comics, but in addition to that, he also has access to some powerful telekinetic abilities – one that can stop a 40,000 tonne chunk of moon dead in the tracks. A plausible explanation is that since he was stoned most of the time, he didn’t know the full potential of his powers (Sir Reginald Hargreeves points that out in the dream sequence).
5. In the comics, the monocle has magical properties which gives abilities to the people who wear it.
The comics’ version of the monocle gave the wearer the ability to see the truth about individuals and their past. Anyhow, it can’t be said for certain if the monocle in the series had the same powers too. Because you know, the hot-headed-father-hating Diego tossed it into the ocean early on in the show.
6. Hazel and Cha-Cha were never involved in stopping the apocalypse.
The show would have taken a completely different path if the murderous duo remained absent. Interestingly, they didn’t make their first appearance until the second volume of the comics. They also weren’t involved in inciting or stopping the apocalypse.
7. Ben isn’t a major character in the comics.
We know that Ben died when he was still a kid. In the show, he appears as a ghost to Klaus and joins the fight against the agents of The Commission. However in the comics, Ben is neither a constant companion to Klaus nor does he help in the fight to prevent the apocalypse.
8. In the comics, Five’s former boss is a talking goldfish with a genius-level intellect.
In the show, Five’s boss at Temps Aeternalis (The Commission) is a no-nonsense Kate Walsh type. But in the comics, his boss is actually a goldfish. The only thing which binds the comics and the series together is the fact that they both tried to kill their boss.
9. There is no Detective Patch in the comics but a grumpy old detective called Inspector Lupo.
Inspector Lupo and Diego share a similar work relationship together in the comics as Diego does with Patch in the show. Diego would occassionaly drop in on the detective to find out information on his cases, sort of like Commissioner Gordon and Batman.
10. Vanya treads the path of villainy after she gets chosen to play the Apocalypse Suite by the conductor.
In the show, Vanya is shown to be manipulated by Leonard Peabody into unleashing her newly-discovered abilities. In the comics, however, Vanya falls under the sway of Orchestra Verdammten who aimed at destroying the world with her power.
11. In the comics, Klaus goes to heaven after being shot dead by Hazel and Cha-Cha.
In the show, Klaus hits his head and meets God while his body struggles to survive. In the comics, however, the assassin duo shoots him dead. He eventually goes to heaven which, sadly, is just a desert rendered in black and white.
*Jumps back in time to watch the entire show again.*