Saturday, December 13, 2008


My Chemical Romance - Welcome to the Black Parade (2006)

Angsty lyrics and an ingulgent pubescent fanbase has earned "MCR" their share of critics, but behind the black make-up and drama lies a concept album to be appreciated.

The Black Parade deals with various concepts surrounding death and the afterlife, and more importantly to us, forecasts some of the creativity that was to fund frontman, Gerard Way's, entry into comics.

Many have made attempts to expand their brand with a leap into comics, but few could be regarded, particularly from music, to be as creatively successful as Way. If he needed any advice, being buddy-buddy with comics superstar, Grant Morrison, gave him a great mind to chew. Not that he needed it!

The Umbrella Academy shares visual cues with the titular Black Parade, but dives into a fantastical world more reminiscent of the adventures of Hellboy and the BPRD. This, of course, is a simplification, as Way has quite vividly teamed with artist Gabriel Ba to create something unmistakable.

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