“Runaways, Vol. 1”

runaways.jpg“Runaways, Vol. 1” by Brian K. Vaughan

They were six normal California teenagers linked only by their wealthy parent’ annual business … until a chance discovery revealed the shocking truth: Their parents are a secret criminal society known as The Pride. For years, the Pride has controlled all criminal activity in Los angels, holding the entire city in its iron grip. With their true nature exposed, the members of the Pride will take any measures necessary to protect their illicit organization – even if it means taking out their own children!

Now on the run from their villainous parents, Nico, Chase, Karolina, Gertrude, Molly and Alex have only each other to rely on. And they must not only survive on their own, but also somehow take down their own powerful parents before it’s too late.

Sans traditional Super Hero costumes or codenames, Runaways is a thoroughly modern tale on the conventional “teen-team” comic book. With fully realized characters and an unpredictable storyline, writer Brian K. Vaughan and Artist Adrian Alphona have crafted a breakout hit that transcends traditional comic book formulas. This volume collects the complete Runaways series, plus an assortment of DVD-style extras providing a behind the scenes look at the books’ creation. – From inside cover.

Published by Marvel that description hit the nail on the head but is so much more. It’s a refreshing change to the comic book genre. I instantly fell in love with these characters. They all don’t have costumes, or powers but each brings their own uniqueness that makes them a formidable team to be reckoned with.

It’s instantly relatable and gives a realistic portrayal of kids facing the realization that their parents are fallible. I liked how it didn’t portray them as a tight knit group, it showed them having personality flaws, conflicts of interests, and them fighting over the things that teenagers fight over. These characters mature before your eyes, but still have their immature moments.

I thinks that’s why Marvel’s Runaways resonance with readers. You can see yourself or someone you know, in one of these characters. The plot and storylines are interesting from the start and the mystery of the traitor in their group drives the story. The ones that do develop powers or “power-ups” are interesting and unique. It’s surprised me at how quickly I came to like this comic and I think you will too.


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Filed under 2006, Book Review, Comic Book, Graphic Novel, Marvel, Runaways, Vaughan, Brian K.

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