Review: Runaways #4

Marvel’s Runaways airing on Hulu has started a renewed interest in the already interesting Runaways brand. There’s something to be said about a series where the strongest member is a little girl, expressing a cute and gender role critiquing exterior with a stronger than the hulk interior strength. Runaways #4 starts off with a look into the reinvention and reanimating of the fallen Victor Mancha. Mancha exists as a sentient head in lab, mid reconstruction. Gert, Nico, and Chase take Mancha’s head on a road trip to see Molly who is the center of this issues’ part of the arc. The team is incomplete and Molly misses her pseudo-family even while living with her actual grandmother. After a hug-filled reunion and celebratory grilled cheeses, Chase lies out his plan to restore Victor to Molly and her grandma and reveal to Molly their intent to take her home which Molly is not keen on.

Writer Rainbow Rowell does an excellent job of writing the characters, giving them personality and giving just enough to make the readers connect to the story. When Gert makes her decision about Molly at the end of the episode it’s as surprising to the reader as it is to the rest of the team.

Kris Anka ‘s art work on this saccharine laced filler issue is pretty and muted matching the tone of the story. Anka manages to give the characters detail and keep the art sweet yet have a lingering shadow of ominous darkness portrayed. The facial expressions highlight real emotions, even in Victors’ severed sentient head.

Overall, this issue was a sweet well written part of the story and leaves on a “To Be Continued” cliffhanger that leaves the future of the team up in the air. The promise of a good next turn based on this issues cliffhanger is enough to make you want to continue reading the this story and see where the road leads.

Story: Rainbow Rowell Art: Kris Anka
Story: 8.1 Art: 8.3 Overall: 8.2 Recommendation: Read

Marvel provided Graphic Policy with a free copy for review.