- Series: Runaways Digest (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 9, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785118764
- ISBN-13: 978-0785118763
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #393,824 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Runaways, Vol. 1 Hardcover – August 9, 2006
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Alex Wilder, Gertrude Yorkes, Chase Stein, Karolina Dean, Nico Minoru, and Molly Hayes are six kids, ranging from 12 to about 17, living in LA. They exist within the established Marvel universe, meaning that heroes like Spider-Man, Captain America, and Wolverine, as well as supervillains like Dr. Octopus and Dr. Doom live in their world as well. That doesn't mean that they don't also live in "our world" as well. There are many references to popular culture, which I will touch on later. Since most Marvel stories are based in New York City, the six kids have never experienced larger than life situations that super heroes find themselves in. The closest Alex ever got was when he played online games with his friends.
Every year, the six families got together so that the parents could get stuff done for the charitable organization that they work for. At least that's what they tell their children. Meanwhile, the six kids, who aren't big fans of each other, are forced to hang out together and find ways to pass the time. Gert is a cynical girl who can't stand capitalist culture (if you've ever read/seen Ghost World, she's very much like Enid) while Chase is a lacrosse player without an overabundance of brains. Nico is a goth while Molly is a young firecracker.Read more ›
Here's a break down of what's in the book:
1) Introduction - Some word from Brian K. Vaughan.
2) The comics. (Issues 1-18)
3) A fan letter by Joss Whedon that appears in issue 18 and Brian K. Vaughan's response.
4) Runaways Expanded Proposal by Brian K. Vaughan.(I think this was interesting. To see what was originally planned. It funny to see what some of the characters name were originally and how they changed. A lot of the changed were for the best I think. Read and decide for yourself.)
5) Adrian Alphona Sketchbook. (Character concept art, character sketches and reandom doodles.
6) Promotional Art by Adrian Alphona.
7) Bios of Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Craig Yeung, Christina Strain, Jo Chen and Takeshi Miyazawa.
Also the book it's self without the dust cover is black with Runaways written in red. Very cool looking. So go and get your own copy today and enjoy. =^__.__^=
I want especially to recommend the book to parents of children. I deeply regret that this wasn't around when my daughter was young and we were still reading books together. There are a couple of bits that might be disturbing to very small children, but I would have felt comfortable reading this with my daughter when she was 8 or 9. The book is especially good for girls, because in an unusual alignment, four of the six kids are girls and in fact both the oldest and the youngest are female. A girl of 10 would really identify with Molly aka Bruiser (though she would prefer to be called Princess Powerful), an eleven-year-old mutant with super human strength (though upon using it she always has to take a nap afterwards). But I don't want to mislead and suggest that this is mainly or even primarily for kids. This is an "all ages" book in the best possible sense. An adult of 60 could easily enjoy this as much as a child of 16.
This is certainly a nonstandard collection of heroes. I've mentioned Molly. Karolina Dean is the oldest, the child of two famous actors who in fact are aliens from another world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have parents, you'll probably relate to the characters in Runaways, a book about family tradition, and American rebellion.Published 5 months ago by Runn3rsHi
This art work is lighthearted and fun, just like this part of the ark, nothing overly dark, but it's brilliantly written to foreshadow the malicious chapters ahead! Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elisha Adkins
The kids are still running from their villainous parents, who are members of a mysterious organization called the Pride (I want to learn more about them). Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sh3lly
Like the headline says this the best arc in the Runaways. I'll try to keep this brief and spoiler free but the basic plot line is that six teens (well five teens and one preteen)... Read morePublished 9 months ago by WGD
Alex, Gertrude, Karolina, Chase, Molly and Nico are The Runaways, hiding out from their newly revealed supervillain parents aka The Pride. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Sam Quixote
I received the book and it immediately fell apart, the binding was broken. I am very disappointed with this purchase. Read morePublished 17 months ago by AmberB
This is great fiction, but I would recommend NOT purchasing these books. Apparently, there are some issues with the bindings. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John
The story continues with the kids in their new hideout. I love where the story goes in this book. The art isn't amazing but it isn't bad, either. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Syrsly