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Thursday, July 06, 2006

Runaways Vol. 1 Review
posted by jepster2006

We all had our share of Teen Superheroes. Well, even Spidey started as teen Superhero. We have the Teen Titans, The New X-men, and The Young Avengers. And now the best of them all is now here in a book we call The Runaways.

So, what comes to mind when thinking about teenagers? Hot-headed kids, kids who don’t want to listen, kids wanting to grow up real fast, and of course, kids who are coming of age. That’s what Runaways is all about, kids coming into the age of responsibility. Well, their responsibility doesn’t really mean being good in school, choosing the right friends and keeping out of danger. What’s interesting about this book is not only about how responsible they use their “powers” but also how to deal with the responsibility of dealing with their Super-villain parents. You got that right, they’re a bunch of kids whose parents are one of the oldest and deadliest Super-villains who even control the whole city they live in.



Wait, interesting is an understatement, Runaways is excellent, exciting and has one of the best dialogues ever. The amazing cast of teenage stereotypes with powers that are stranger than a can of worms bathing in soap. Well, not all of them have powers, but still, whatever their abilities are, they’re really weird. Imagine this, one of the teens’ parents’ last will and testament was to leave their daughter a dinosaur (a Raptor that is) that only responds to her telepathic and vocal patterns. Well, as weird or absurd as it may be, it’s a great instrument for those awkward and humorous scenes.

It’s not all laughs and joy with their powers. One of the Runaways has to cut her self with a blade or actually just shed blood just to reveal and use her Staff of One. Don’t worry, she heals when the staff reveals itself. For me, she is one of the most interesting characters in this book since her appearance is the most unique of them all and she is quite the rebel.

The rest of the Runaways certainly have cool powers too but I guess I already mentioned the most unique and fun of them all. Also, discovering their abilities and skills is part of the story, so I won’t spoil that for you.

All I can say is, The Runaways is the freshest idea Marvel ever had ever since Wolverine first appeared. Great story telling, amazing twists and a bunch of teenagers having fun make this book worth reading. Also, the dialogue is top-notch. Brian K. Vaughan can write anything from a perverted geeky Last Man on Earth to a group of teenagers willing to kill their parents to save the world. The best part of the book is trying to figure out who among them is truly loyal to their parents, meaning there is a traitor among the ranks.

The Runaways is a no-brainer, more fun than the Teen Titans but less Superhero than Young Avengers. Have I mentioned that majority of the Runaways are female? Yup, you got that right boys. What are you waiting for?

Comments on "Runaways Vol. 1 Review"

Blogger JABS said ... (8:33 AM) : 

Have you tried Young Avengers? I think you would love that.

Spank the monkey!

 

Blogger jepster2006 said ... (6:18 PM) : 

Actually, not really. You have a copy? Gimme, gimme!

 

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