GET READY TO RUN! The “IT” book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back – Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won’t believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart!
What I First Thought:
I’ve never read a single Runaways comic before, mostly because I haven’t found any trades in the comic book stores that I’ve visited. I have a basic understanding about the group from my boyfriend’s impressive knowledge of the Marvel Universe. I’ve always been interested in reading about them myself, especially after I picked up a Nico figure last year, so when I saw the new series I decided to pick up the first few issues to give it a go.
So far, I really like the art. The shadows aren’t too harsh, there is actual degrees of shading going on that really fits the lighting in the scenes without making things appear too dark. The character designs are really interesting, though I haven’t met all the characters yet. The detailing is great, there’s enough there to get a general idea of texture, pattern, and other minor details without cluttering the overall picture. I’d have to say my favorite part of the art for this issue is the coloring of Nico’s hair, I love how smoothly the colors blend together creating a nice gradient between each of the different colors!
I’m no stranger to Rainbow Rowell, though I’m not a huge raging fan of hers I wanted to give this series a try. This fist issue really started off with a BANG! Right off the bat everything is tense and things are moving quickly. They do a good enough job trying to get new readers up to speed on what happened in the previous story, which I now have to track down, that there aren’t too many questions by the end of this issue. The only questions that remain are the ones that are making me want to continue! I think Rowell also did a good job in how she caught up the new readers while still keeping up the excitement, it was a nice diligent balance between important information and action.
Obviously, I’m going to continue as soon as I find the other issues. I’m curious to see how this all plays out and I can’t wait to meet everyone else in the Runaways. I’m also curious to see how Rainbow Rowell does writing for comics, especially since I wasn’t overly impressed by her Fangirl novel.
Title: Runaways (2017-)
Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Illustrator: Kris Anka
Colors: Matthew Wilson
Letters: VC’s Joe Caramagna
Released Date: September 13th, 2017
Genre: Superheroes, Action/Adventure, Young Adult