Hey all, Dani here.
Recently I posted a graphic novel recommendations list, and in the comments, it was recommended that I try Runaways. It was already on my radar because of the Hulu series, but this solidified the decision that I was going to try it. Needless to say, I flew through the first volume and will have to pick up the next one sometime in the near future.
They were six normal teenagers linked only by their wealthy parents’ annual business meeting…until a chance discovery revealed the shocking truth: their parents are the secret criminal society known as the Pride! For years, the Pride controlled all criminal acti vity in Los Angeles, ruling the city with an iron fist…and now, with their true natures exposed, the Pride will take any measures necessary to protect their organizati on – 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. COLLECTING: RUNAWAYS (2003) 1-18
Rating: 4 stars
I’ve said it before and I know I’ll say it again many more times in the future: I love superpower stories and/or superhero stories. I have devoured them since I was a kid, and that fondness for them has only developed and grown in the years since. Nowadays I read books as well as comics and manga about superheroes and I watch superhero TV shows and movies. My Christmas tree has hero/geeky ornaments on it.
So I already figured that I would enjoy the story of Runaways. Then add to all of that the fact that the series was created by Brian K Vaughan, who also created Saga, a comic/graphic novel series I also really enjoy. It seemed like a win-win for me.
I’m also super glad that this collection featured the entire first arc of the story. There was a definitive beginning, middle, and end to the main plot, and then the ending left you with the understanding that the characters were running off again and that would lead to more adventures.
There were a lot of characters and also a lot of plotting between different groups of characters. Sometimes it felt a bit too jumbled up, but I figured things out fairly well. The blend of personalities and abilities in the teenagers was wonderful and diverse, which I appreciate.
Oh…and can we talk about the fact that there are six main characters and FOUR of them are female? Unless it’s a group like the Amazons of Themyscira or the Birds of Prey, you don’t really see that many female dominated groups. I loved that aspect of this series.
I will say that the timeline felt a bit confusing to me. To me over the course of this collection it felt like maybe a couple of weeks, but based on some of the comments made by some of the characters I guess it was actually a couple of months.
It was cool to watch as the teens began to figure out there abilities and also started learning more about what their parents were up to. The teenage drama was pretty fun, and man…that betrayal. I should have figured out who the mole was before it was actually revealed. But I enjoyed that it was as much a surprise to me as it was to everyone else in the group.
So this was a fun adventure and I’m looking forward to giving the Hulu series a try. Based on the trailer it seems to be a pretty decent adaptation, and it looks like the casting choices are spot on.