- File Size: 36091 KB
- Print Length: 18 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (September 13, 2017)
- Publication Date: September 13, 2017
- Sold by: Marvel Entertainment US
- Language: English
- ASIN: B073697R88
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At its best Runaways was always about three things: the Runaways desire to not be like their parents, trying to undo some of the damage their parents did, and lastly, most importantly, to ask Who Am I?
Rainbow goes back to that last core question in her first issue of Runaways. Niko is alone, without the other Runaways, without the team A-Force she was once a part of recently. And she's asking, "What now?"
In a world where people can fly, giant spaceman devour entire worlds, and there are heroes, Rowell is taking us on a journey unique to the Marvel Universe: it's not a journey about what to do with having awesome powers (though some characters do have them) or about saving the world (though they have done that) but a journey about what it's like to grow up in a world where heroes are real.
The 3 star rating is not nearly as bad as it seems. I actually liked a lot of stuff about this comic. The illustration is well done. The line work is efficient and the coloring sets the mood well while not being overly realistic. Seriously, Matthew Wilson is one of the best colorists working right now. Also, Kris Anka packs in the panels in a way I haven't seen a Marvel illustration team do in a while. Typically, Marvel goes for splash pages that allow for them to basically screw the customer out of content. It might help them meet their massive schedule of books to put out but it's a stick in the eye at 4 dollars a pop. Anka here skips out on that. You got some splash pages to be sure but there's more than a few times where you got a crazy number of panels jammed into them and sometimes you get some crazy populated 1 pagers too.
The writing is actually pretty decent too. It's not my thing to be honest. They have some clever moments and I like the time travel hook. The dialogue isn't the greatest. Neither are the narrative voice overs either. Rainbow Rowell, which I suspect is not their Christian name, makes up for it with in the moment plotting, characterization, and some good ideas. They kept me engaged with characters that I didn't know and clued me in on what their powers were within the narrative instead of declaring it through narrative boxes and the like. Also, I'll go into this later, it feels like stuff is happening even though really very little is going down.
The thing I didn't like was that this was somewhat of a 5 page story drug out much longer. I get that they want to let the story "breath" so to speak but I got to the last page and thought wow we spent a lot of time stuck in 1st gear. It was well done to be sure but I'd have been really unhappy to spend that much money on something to get that little forward progression. Plus, the dialogue issues and not-quite-good humor began to stick out to me a lot in retrospect unfortunately over shadowing some of the top notch work being done here.
Overall, if you're a former Runaways fan, you'll probably love this and get way more out of it than I did. I was not a former reader outside of skimming some trades and not retaining much outside of them all having terrible parents, which is some dad humor for those who read it. The problem is that this book clearly is working off everything that came before and I just am not up to speed. So add an extra star if you really like the old series.
Also, got a sneaking suspicion this will work pretty great in trade.