The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #3 sees the series’ multiple story lines start to come together. So just how good is it?
As with the previous weeks, this issue gives little time to most of the cast. The majority of the time is given to The Séance as his situation quickly spirals out of control into possibly the best action sequence in Hotel Oblivion so far. We see more of Murder Magician’s escape attempt from Hotel Oblivion, laying the foundations of some potential threats before stumbling into another part of the story. We get another personal look at Vanya, a new mystery with Spaceboy and some intrigue with The Rumor and The Boy.
My main criticism of last issue was that we were getting more questions and that none of the stories seemed to be moving. This issue dispels my doubts as we get a lot of progress with The Séance and Murder Magician. It helps that both of them got action packed stories here. Things are starting to slowly fit together, while adding some more mysteries and intrigue to the mix. It feels like the story is gathering momentum and that this is the start of things really coming together.
The Séance’s time in the desert is one of the highlights of Hotel Oblivion so far. Gabriel Ba’s work does a great job of telling a clear, thrilling action sequence full of energy. The composition of the panels throughout this issue is top-notch stuff, clearly telling the story while also making it instantly obvious whose story it is, which is a challenge considering the multiple different stories and locations. The opening page just catches the eye with its simple composition.
Yet again, Nick Filardi’s work is crucial here. His color palettes help capture the atmosphere of the different locations. I especially love the colors of the Afterspace sequence, capturing the strangeness and wonder in something that would have fallen flat with a less energetic and eye-catching color scheme. Letterers are often the forgotten member of comic teams but Nate Piekos’ work during the action sequences is brilliant here, adding to the energy and the mood.
The Umbrella Academy: Hotel Oblivion #3 really feels like the story is gaining momentum, with stories coming together against a backdrop of a great action sequence. This issue adds a feeling of progress that was a little lacking in issue 2.