Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy [NOOK Book]

Overview

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. Runaways (2003) #1-6. ...
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Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy

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Overview

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. Runaways (2003) #1-6.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. (June) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
"Marvel Age" is a line of manga-sized, full-color paperbacks aimed at manga fans. This, the best of the line's initial releases (which also include the worthwhile Sentinel and Spider-Girl and the inferior Marvel Age Spider-Man), is the story of six kids, aged 11 to 16, who discover that their parents are part of a villainous secret society called the Pride. After witnessing a Pride ritual involving human sacrifice, the kids decide to investigate, and they discover many secrets that their parents have been hiding. One of the kids is actually an alien, one's a mutant, one's a witch--and one gains a dinosaur from the future as a protector. The smart script by Vaughan (Y the Last Man) gives the kids believably natural dialog and distinct personalities. Adrian Alphona's cartoonlike, manga-inflected art looks good despite being shrunk down from its original larger size. In a departure, Marvel gives this book a specific age rating, 12 and up. Excellent for teens, but adult superhero fans will also enjoy. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780785170884
  • Publisher: Marvel Enterprises, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Series: Runaways (Marvel) Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 144,750
  • File size: 61 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    fun read

    An interesting twist on the teenage superhero genre, but the writing is not as good as other Vaughan titles (see Y: TheLast Man) - dialogue is a bit cliched at times.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    just OK

    The artwork is good and the concept is interesting, but the story is not very good and the dialogue is quite bad at times. If you love Marvel superhero comics, you might like this series, which has a bunch of references and "twists" (not unpredictable ones, but slightly off the mainstream beaten path), but if you prefer indie character-driven, unique stories, you probably won't care about this. Also, the 2nd and 3rd volumes are not great (it didn't get better). The 4th is decent, but you might just skip to that. The best thing about this is the diversity of characters (e.g., different ethnicities and one maybe bi-sexual), but that is undermined somewhat by the sameness of the "parent" characters - essentially each couple is a single character, except perhaps Alex's dad.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 25, 2011

    Great plot

    Every one thinks there parents are evil but for these kids they are. They have to run if they want to survive and control developing powers. This book is for teens who love Marvel and Sci-Fi.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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