Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy

Runaways, Volume 1: Pride and Joy

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by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona
     
 

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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…  See more details below

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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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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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ISBN-13:
9780785170884
Publisher:
Marvel
Publication date:
10/25/2011
Series:
Runaways (Marvel) Series , #1
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Format:
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Sales rank:
239,494
File size:
64 MB
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Runaways, Volume 1 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
RUNAWAYS is a graphic novel published by Marvel Comics revolving around six teenagers with nothing in common except for the fact that their parents know each other. Once a year they are forced to spend an evening together while their parents have a secret meeting. Unable to stand the boredom during one of these nights, the kids decide to sneak in and see what really goes on behind the closed doors of these meetings. They learn that their parents are supervillains with powers that are maintained by sacrificing a human life on an annual basis. Witnessing the sacrifice shatters the kids' world and sends them running for their lives.

Nico, Gertrude, Chase, Karolina, Molly, and Alex learn their true heritage and each get a weapon or a power that they didn't know they had. Nico is the daughter of dark wizards and carries the "Staff of One," which allows her to cast spells. Gertrude is the daughter of time-traveling criminals and receives a genetically engineered deinonychus which she shares a telepathic bond with. Chase is the son of mad scientists and he uses high-tech gadgets he stole from his parents' lboratory to help them with their missions. Karolina is the daughter of alien invaders and can fly and manipulate solar energy. Molly is the daughter of evil mutants and has super strength, and Alex is the son of crime bosses and turns out to be a big surprise.

The kids run underground and hide in a place they call "The Hostel" and try to come up with ways to thwart their parents' evil plans and help the world -- while at the same time, stay alive.

Comic book fans will be glad to see some familiar superheroes make appearances throughout the book, such as Captain America and Cloak and Dagger. RUNAWAYS VOL. 1 is the collection of comic book issues #1 through #18 in hardback format. Volume 2 is already out and Volume 3 will be released in April 2007. Beginning with Issue #25, Volume 2, Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, will take over writing responsibilities. The graphic novel world is very excited about this development.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Originally created for Marvel comics Tsunami imprint, Runaways was originally conceived as an attempt to win some readers from the growing cult of Japanese Manga readers. The line soon failed and even Runaways was cancelled but due to it's high quality and rabid fans it was able to return in an all new series. This hardcover collects the entire 18 issues of the original Tsunami run and shows more imagination then anything Marvel comics had created in decades. Created by writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona, Runaways tells the story of seven L . A. teens who discover that their parents are all part of a villianous organization called The Pride that are trying to destroy the world. Horrified, the teens rebel and strike out on their own gaining powers and weopons by stealing from their parents and learning their true origins. These first 18 issues show how the friends form their own family unit and prepare for the final battle between themselves and their parents. Along the way the plot provides many clever twists including a possible traitor in the teens ranks. This book will appeal greatly to those who enjoy Buffy the vampire Slayer and Harry Potter perhaps even more than fans of traditional super hero comics due to it's incredibly clever dialouge and well developed teen characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Runaways Series was my first comic book adventure i've ever read and enjoyed. It has a lot of relation to reality and i can relate to it more than anything i've ever read... although my parents aren't quite as evil... the books inspires independence and standing up for yourself. it's also very heart warming because in the beginning they all hate each other, and in the end.. they are a family.
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This has got to be one of the greatest comic ever made!!! I haven't read a lot of american-made comics, and truly I never thought I could enjoy them as much as I enjoy manga (Japanese graphic novels for those who don't know), but I'm glad I found Runaways early on to utterly shatter that preconception! This series is amazing! I truly love the characters' personalities and how they all relate to one another. Drama, comedy, teenage superheroes and evil parents--what more could you ask for in life? I can't wait to get my hands on the rest of the series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This graphic novel was great. The basis is six teens find out that their parents are super villians. The teens run away from home and plan out how they are going to kill their parents. Their parents are part of a secret society called the PRIDE. This comic takes place in the Marvel Universel, that means that all the big time comic charicters are in the series like Spiderman, Wolverine, Dr. Doom and so many more. You realy should buy this graphic novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually read graphic novels, but this book was really good. I got it from the library, and I'm seriously considering buying it. I can't wait to read the other two books.