Title: Runaways (Deluxe volume 1)
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Number of Pages: 448 pages
Genre: Graphic novel, young adult, superheroes, science fiction
In Pride & Joy, six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains Finding strength in one another, the shocked teens run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives – vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy. In Teenage Wasteland, the Runaways find a kindred spirit in a daring young stranger and welcome him into their fold. But will this dashing young man help the teenagers defeat their villainous parents… or tear them apart? Plus: who do you send to catch a group of missing, runaway teenage super-heroes? Marvel’s original teen runaway crimefighters, Cloak and Dagger, make their first major appearance in years In The Good Die Young, the world as we know it is about to end, and the Runaways are the only hope to prevent it Our fledgling teenage heroes have learned how their parents’ criminal organization began, and now they must decide how it should end. As the Runaways’ epic battle against their evil parents reaches its shocking conclusion, the team’s mole stands revealed, and blood must be shed. Which kids will still be standing when the smoke finally clears? Collecting issues #1-#18.
Brian K Vaughan is the coolest. This series has pretty much everyone you could hope for in a superhero story. There are mutants, evil god-like monsters, aliens, genetically altered dinosaurs, teenage delinquency, secret super villains, and cameos by notable Marvel heroes. At some point, there were even sewer people.
You need to be careful with this whole series because while there isn’t any nudity or excessive gore as there was in Saga, there are some pretty shocking character deaths. Try not to get attached to anyone. You very obviously will get attached, but I am forewarning you that you may have your heart ripped out and have it stomped on.
The art is appealing to the eye. The alien girl is a gorgeous cluster of different coloured lights and glitter (not lame vampire glitter, but awesome from another planet glitter). All of the characters with powers are very well illustrated, whether they use magic or freaky mutant powers. Their secret lair is pretty cool too.
The dialogue is a little cheesy at points, but they’re teenagers so whatever. Have you heard teenagers speak? They’re ridiculous. They make references to things that no adult would ever understand and they make stupid jokes. They are also really hormonal and impulsive, which made me hate them at times. I would keep yelling at the book demanding to know why they were being so idiotic. The answer is always because they are bloody teenagers.
As I mentioned before, there is a dinosaur who is by far my favourite character. Why? She is the cutest. The cutest I say!
The characters were interesting, though not overly complex. It is sort of obvious what they are going to do or react, with the exception of who the mole is because I never saw that one coming.
Oh, trust no one. It astounded me how many people the villains had under their control.
In short, I really liked this comic. It brought me back into the comic book world and has kept me there.
Sorry that this is short and not well written, but I am doing this late at night before I go out of town sooooooo yeah.