Fans of The Séance, say ‘Hello’ to one of the better things to come out of 2020 — a spinoff series dedicated to the Umbrella Academy’s enigmatic Number Four, Klaus Hargreeves, from The Umbrella Academy and Dark Horse Comics, You Look Like Death.
Written by Gerard Way and Shaun Simon (The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys), featuring art by I.N.J. Culbard, lettering from Nate Piekos, and a cover by The Umbrella Academy‘s Gabriel Bá, it follows an 18-year-old Klaus Hargreeves after being kicked out of the Umbrella Academy with no cash coming in from dear old dad. After a little drug-fueled scuffle with one of the vampire Mr. Shivers’ associates — and realizing that his siblings won’t be coming to his rescue this time — he takes off to the one place he knows he’ll shine: Hollywood.
You Look Like Death is an absolute gem, highlighting the sharp wit and narcissism fans have come to love from the levitating medium from the pages of the comics to Robert Sheehan’s charismatic performance in the hit TV series on Netflix. The art is captivating and the writing just brings Klaus to life in a whole new delightful way.
You can purchase the first of the six issue series digitally or print, with the print version having two variant cover options from I.N.J. Culbard and Leo Romero. The site will also allow you to preorder issues two and three, with their respective variants as well, set to release on October 21, 2020 and November 18, 2020.
Gerard Way took to Instagram to celebrate the release of the first ever Umbrella Academy miniseries/origin story, and fans should get excited because it looks like more of our beloved, chaotic crew may be getting their own spinoffs as well. (Will we finally learn what happened to Ben?)
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This is the first limited series in what will hopefully be multiple series exploring some of the characters in the Umbrella Academy world. Of all the siblings, Klaus was the first one I felt I already knew a lot about his backstory and wanted to explore it. Something about those 10 years between getting kicked out of the house and the events of Apocalypse Suite really interested me, and I felt like Klaus had gotten into a whole bunch of trouble and his addictions really started to take hold of him. I had always been inspired by Less Than Zero, the book by Bret Easton Ellis, and the film version of it that got made as well, in how I wanted to portray Klaus’ story. Something about that depiction of Los Angeles, people at their lowest lows, surrounded by all this dark glamour, spoke to me, and I envisioned Klaus in a world like that. Other things inspired it as well, Trainspotting, Snatch to name a couple. We hope you enjoy it. I had amazing collaborators on this book— my longtime friend and sometimes co-writer Shaun Simon co-wrote it with me, and he’s probably one of the few people I know that can write in the voice of UA— he just loves that world, and it shows, and I have always loved his writing. @injculbard handled all of the art, and did an amazing job with it. I had seen a book he had done a while ago, Celeste, I fell in love with his art, and I thought he would do an amazing job with the kind of story we wanted to tell. And my longtime collaborator and letterer, @natepiekos, who is the letterer of Umbrella Academy, put wonderful words into this thing. I.N.J. did a great variant cover, as did @leo_romero11 (who is the artist on TLFK: National Anthem, due out in October, and also co-written with Shaun), and my dear Umbrella Academy partner and collaborator, Gabriel Ba handled the main cover, and it is glorious. ⠀ ⠀ I really enjoyed the whole process, it’s a very different kind of book from the main UA book, and Shaun and I already have an idea for Klaus’ next adventure. But first, we’ll get Umbrella Academy Volume 4, which I have been writing for a little while now. Take care and enjoy your read.⠀ ⠀⠀ #youlooklikedeath #theumbrellaacademy
Issue #1 of You Look Like Death is out now! Check your local comic shops or head online to get your copy today.