Review: Runaways #1

Runaways_1_CoverThe best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are chosen to attend a prestigious school on the planet’s capital! But what does the new class do when they discover the school’s beloved headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain? RUN AWAY!

The original Runaways from Marvel holds a special place in my love of comics. It’s a series (in all its versions) that’s always fun, fresh, and I think helped paved the way for teen centered comics that have been tearing up the sales chart.

As part of the creative team behind Lumberjanes, Noelle Stevenson on the series had me beyond excited when this Secret Wars tie-in was announced. Now, how all these different versions of characters come together, hasn’t quite been explained, it’s not the point of this series. Instead, this brings together various characters from the different regions of this new world into a school where the best of the best will eventually serve Doom. That’s about all you need to know, because this comic is all about the teen angst still and fun personalities. This is high school with superpowers, and you better believe there’s cliques that don’t get along.

There’s so much here for long time Marvel fans. There’s light changes in characters, fans of some shipping will squeal in glee, there’s everything I’d expect in a series by Stevenson in the helm. Hopefully post Secret Wars we get a similar series with her in charge. And there’s a reveal at the end that’s awesome!

Joining her on art duty is Sanford Greene whose work I mostly know from various covers. Here, it’s a cool design that holds true to the classic look of many of the characters, but with slight twists that make them feel original and youthful too. Even coming from various worlds, the characters look different, but at the same time cohesive.

Runaways is a fantastic addition to Marvel’s solid Secret Wars event. It’s a series that I’m hoping will stick around after the event too. We get a series like this every so often, but they never seem to last as long as they should. Here’s hoping this sparks something new, and this one stays for a while.

Story: Noelle Stevenson Art: Sanford Greene
Story: 8.75 Art: 8 Overall: 8.5 Recommendation: Buy

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review

One comment

  • The Runaways are amazing! Its been years since I last read it. What happened since the Runaways lost Xavin to the Magisdanian (i doubt i spelled that right) war?