So I watched the first episode of Doom Patrol and the first season of Umbrella Academy this weekend.
I purchased issue 1 of the Umbrella Academy comic way back on the day it was released and I have really loved the entire comic run since. I don’t know how much this has been discussed, but Umbrella Academy is clearly a derivative comic of Doom Patrol. My understanding is that Grant Morrison was a mentor to Gerard Way at its inception and the similarities between the two properties abound.
So I was very excited to see both adaptations premiere on the same weekend.
But I have to say that one episode of Doom Patrol outshines the entire season of Umbrella Academy. Whereas Doom Patrol embraces the strangeness of its world and characters and captures the quirky fun, but deliciously dramatic tone of the comics, the Umbrella Academy felt like it was ashamed of its quirky concepts. Everything felt like a half measure on the celebration of weirdness from the comic.
I enjoyed both shows, but feel like Doom Patrol is an uncompromised adaptation. And Umbrella Academy is what we have come to expect.
I’m not sure I am fully making my point. Did anyone else feel this way about the two adaptations? They’re so similar that they beg comparison to me.