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[Warning: The following contains spoilers for The Umbrella Academy Season 2 and The Umbrella Academy comic books. Read at  your own risk!]

The Umbrella Academy returned to Netflix with an outlandish new adventure that saw the Hargreeves siblings trying to save the world (and JFK) in 1963 Dallas. The second season drew strong inspiration from Dallas, the second volume of Umbrella Academy comics by Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá. But since a lot of the ground covered in Dallas was already incorporated into the superhero drama’s first season — including jaded assassins Hazel (Cameron Britton) and Cha-Cha (Mary J. Blige), Klaus’ (Robert Sheehan) introduction to God, and Five’s (Aidan Gallagher) history with The Commission — that left showrunner Steve Blackman with a lot of extra room to add original storylines and put exciting twists on the source material.

Here are the 11 biggest differences between The Umbrella Academy Season 2 and the comic books.

1. The nuclear apocalypse is accidentally caused by Klaus, not Vanya. In the comics, Hazel and Cha-Cha aren’t introduced until Dallas, which is when they kidnap and torture Klaus, as depicted by the show in Season 1. But in the books, when the assassins kidnap Klaus they also steal nuclear missiles that Hargreeves had received from JFK in the ’60s. (While Hargreeves is clearly well connected in the books, he isn’t shown to be part of the Majestic 12 or connected to JFK’s assassination.) 

After killing Hazel and Cha-Cha, Klaus deactivates the missiles with the help of a ghost — only apparently Klaus didn’t do it properly because the nukes detonate and destroy the world. This is obviously very different from the show’s explanation of the nuclear doomsday, which is caused when Vanya (Ellen Page) destroys the Dallas federal building, leading JFK to declare war on Russia, which ends in a nuclear holocaust. So while Vanya does have amnesia in Dallas, she doesn’t actually end the world. This one should be on Klaus.

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2. The Commission blackmails Five and Allison into killing Kennedy. Rather than the presidential assassination be orchestrated by the Majestic 12, the comic books have it be solely the work of The Commission — and they use two members of the Umbrella Academy to pull it off. AJ Carmichael forces Five and Allison (Emmy Raver-Lampman) to assassinate JFK by threatening to murder Five and Luther’s (Tom Hopper) biological mother before they’re ever born. (And yes, apparently Five and Luther are twins.) Despite their siblings’ best attempts to stop them, Allison kills Kennedy by posing as Jackie O. in the motorcade and rumoring his death.

3. Klaus’ connection to Vietnam is very different. Though the first season saw Klaus accidentally traveling back in time, fighting in the Vietnam War, and falling in love with David (Cody Ray Thompson), the original circumstances of Klaus’ journey to the past are completely different. In the books, Klaus, Diego (David Castañeda), and Luther all travel to the ’60s intentionally with the hopes of saving JFK from Five and Allison. Only, they mess up the time travel and wind up arriving a few years early and in Vietnam, rather than Dallas. Instead of Klaus falling in love with a fellow soldier, the trio spends their time in Vietnam trying to resurrect a mummified Vietnam emperor in the hopes that this would help end the war. And while David doesn’t exist in the comics, Klaus clearly got close with someone in Vietnam because he also has a baby during his time there.

The 12 Biggest Differences Between The Umbrella Academy Season 1 and the Comic Books

4. Allison’s storyline is completely original. Since the Academy purposefully goes to the ’60s to either kill or save Kennedy in the comics, all the ways the Hargreeves siblings build new lives in Dallas are invented for the show, including Klaus’ cult, Luther’s work for Jack Ruby, Vanya’s romance with Sissy (Marin Ireland), and Diego’s failed vigilantism. But it’s Allison’s storyline that stands out as the most welcome change. Rather than have her betray her family and kill a president — even if it is to save Luther’s life — the show gives Allison a rich and resonant original storyline that shows what her life could look like and all the good she can still accomplish without her powers. Both her marriage to Ray (Yusuf Gatewood) and her involvement in the civil rights movement are some of the most successful aspects of Season 2, and these are two changes we’re thrilled the show made. 

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