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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! June 23 2004
This great new series follows the story of six teenagers as they go from being normal kids to learning that their parents are more than they seem, and frankly, evil. One of the key elements that makes this story click is one word: fun. While maintaining a fairly serious tone, the story is full of humor and amusment. The whole books just has a freshness and sense of fun that really makes it not only work, but is good reading for people of all ages; similar to the appeal of "Ultimate Spider-Man" but even moreso because of the diversity of the cast.
Brian Vaughn continues to impress with his writing that also makes "Y: The Last Man" so good: great dialogue and characterization, humor, action, and an unpredictable plot full of twists and turns; his writing here is even better because it has more appeal than "Y's" mature, post apocalypse story.
Newcomer Adrian Alphona supplies very good artwork that really adds to the story and Brian Reber's colors are also great for conveying the vibrant characters as well as the dark settings.
With fantastic writing and good artwork, "Runaways" is one of the best new series of the year.
At such a good price, there is no reason why anyone should not miss this great new series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Action, comedy, and drama for all ages! April 28 2004
God, what else is there to say?
Alex Wilder, Nico Minoru, Gertrude Yorkes, Karolina Dean, Chase Stein, and Molly Hayes are all children of privelege. Unbeknownst to them however, this privelege comes from the fact that their parents are all members of a secret criminal organization called the Pride that has its hands in everything dirty to be had in LA. When they discover this, the kids must go on the run, discover the truth about their parents, and decide what to do with the new knowledge and abilities the journey grants them.
The kicker of this book is the wonderful storytelling and characterization. Brian Vaughan, writer of the acclaimed Y: The Last Man, turns in taut and suspenseful scripts; reading this story in single issues, I couldn't wait for the next chapter to come out. The ideas come at a fast pace, but the story is kept manageable by the great cast. Each of the kids is a unique, believable individual, and cliched like so many teens written by adults these days. Very few can pull of writing young characters in a way that will appeal to young readers, but Vaughan is one of them. Kids and adults alike will fall in love with these characters. If nothing else, there's a dinosaur.
So, in closing, buy this trade, and then rush down to your local comic store to seek out the following issues. 14 have been published to date; the first six are reprinted in this volume.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, fun book May 16 2004
By Dan
This is not only one of the best books being published by Marvel, but one of the best reads in the comic industry, heck it's one of the best stories in the entire entertainment industry right now. Although it has great dialogue, characterization, and plotting, it is far from realistic--it's a SUPERHERO book; it's not supposed to be realistic. And it is about teenagers; it is not dark and serious like a lot of comics published today. But it is a ton of fun, from start to finish, if you want an entertaining read, you won't regret reading RUNAWAYS. So, realize what kind of an audience the book is trying to reach; if this does not sound like you, still buy it; it did not sound like a book for me, but I am now hooked. Help keep the series alive and buy it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The BEST trade I've read all year June 7 2004
I'm an avid comic book reader who's switched over to purchasing most books in collected trades in the last year, and I have to say this is the BEST trade I've read all year. It's such a fantastic premise, but reading how it all plays out is even better. The dialogue is the best I've read. It made me laugh out loud several times. The cast of teenagers is so fleshed out from the begining, and they're all so authentic and believable. I read a lot of great praise for this book on the web, but I was even more impressed with the book once I finally read it. It is definitely my favorite trade book this year, and I think I'm going to be forced to start buying it every month in single issues.
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