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Runaways - Volume 1: Pride & Joy [Paperback]

Brian K. Vaughan , Adrian Alphona
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Dec 6 2006 Runaways Digest (Book 1)
All young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives - vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.

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This unusually clever, fun teen comic is based on the novel premise that parents don't just seem evil, they actually are evil supervillains. Or so some kids find out one night while eavesdropping on a dastardly meeting they take to be a cocktail party. Although the children are each a "type" right out of sitcom land—the goth girl, the brain, the jock, the dreamboat, the shy one—they're also fairly empathetic characters. Vaughan's closely observed dialogue lends them authenticity and pathos as they go through the disturbing realization that their parents aren't just jerks but actually mass-murderers. The plot builds from this initial discovery, as the kids band together, discover they, too, have superhuman powers and engage their parents in good, old-fashioned superhuman fisticuffs. The group goes on the run and discovers their parents have all of Los Angeles in their pockets—it's enough to make a teenager feel more alienated than ever. Alphona's dynamic, manga-influenced artwork agreeably complements Vaughan's crisp writing. They tell the story with clarity, a dollop of drama and just enough pizzazz to hook video game–obsessed readers. Packaged in a manga-size paperback, Marvel's attempt to tap both the manga and the young adult market nicely succeeds.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but falls apart Oct. 23 2013
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The story is great. I ordered the first 3 books to try out and I can't get enough. Only problem is that the pages keep falling out. I've had the same problem on all 3 books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome series Aug. 30 2013
By Kevin
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I loved the story line, the only thing I didn't like was that most of the pages of the books fell out of the binding.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The book literally fell apart March 4 2013
By Nicole
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The story is fun, but my book literally fell apart. The pages were falling out as I read it, and the front cover completely separated. I had to returned it.
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I find buying only one comic, especially if I'm just starting a series insufficent to get a feel for it, not only that, but I can read the average comic in 5 minutes. This collection of the first five books was definetly enough to whet my appetite, as soon as I was done I went back to the store and bought the other 4 digests. I am eagerly awaiting the last one.

The writing and art are strong (especially true of the writing). Twists that actually surprise you. My only problem (and it's a small one) is the note left by the mole. I find it difficult that the parents couldn't tell from the handwriting who the author was. Other than that, great read, I almost forgot that it was a comic and not a novel. There's a lot of diversity, not just ethnically, (and species wise) but in personality types. Usually teen heros are cookie cutter type personas, not this batch.

This comic series is definetly in my top 5 list of comics.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Cool July 19 2004
I'm more into manga but when I read about this a year ago in Newtype I was interested. I searched and searched for it but couldn't find it. I stumbled upon it again and had to buy it. Is great, the story moves along at a steady pace and the characters are fun and interesting. The writing is well scripted and has a few witty comments. The art is spiffy and I recommend it to anyone that was once and is a teenager.
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