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Runaways, Vol. 2 Hardcover – December 6, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel (December 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512358X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123583
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,090 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
The very existence of this collection is amazing. During the initial 18-issue run of Brian K. Vaughan's Runaways, which told the story of 6 Los Angeles teenagers who ran away from home after learning that their parents were supervillains, the book was cancelled before Vaughan could finish the story. However, due to intense fan outcry, Marvel decided to bring the book back. When the 18th issue came out, the folks at Marvel realized that they had a great new property on their hands that was well-written, funny, and had many loyal fans, including none other than Joss Whedon of Buffy, Angel, and Firefly/Serenity. A few months later, the series started again with a new issue number 1, starting the story up a few months after the climactic battle between the Runaways and their parents.
In the months between the Runaways battling their parents, being broken up by the Avengers, reforming, and the present, the group has found a new base under the La Brea Tar Pits and have made it their mission to keep LA free of crime. They quickly learned that while their parents were evil and were trying to destroy the world, they did have a positive effect on LA; they were powerful enough to keep supervillains out of the city. With them gone, a power vaccuum has been created with numerous villains trying to get a foothold in LA.
Nico Minoru is the new leader after Alex proved to be a traitor. The daughter of two dark wizards, she controls the mystical Staff of One which can cast powerful spells... but only once.
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My attention was drawn to "Runaways" when I learned the Joss Whedon would be scripting the title this summer. With three volumes of reprints providing all of the pre-Whedon issues of "Runaway" I decided to keep the current issues on the shelf while I went back and started from the beginning. This was not only because I am inclined to read everything that Whedon writes, but also because in checking out "Runaways" I learned the title won the 2006 Harvey Award for Best Continuing or Limited Series (meanwhile, over at the Eisner Awards, it as Whedon and artist John Cassady whose "Astonishing X-Men" was named Best Continuing Series for that same year). "Runaways, Volume 2" collects "Runaways" #1-12 plus "Free Comic Book Day 2006," and much more so that the original run of the title in Volume 1, I understand why many fans see this title, written by Brian K. Vaughan and penciled by Adrian Alphona, as something different.

The first six issues make up the "True Believers" story-arc, which begins with the kids trying to kids trying to do something about the supervillains who are starting to show up in L.A. to take advantage of the power vacuum created by the defeat of the Pryde. Meanwhile, a teenage superhero support group named Excelsior gets an offer of $1 million to track down the Runaways. That is before the kids get a new mission when a future version of Gert pops up and warns that in the future a man named Victorius is going to betray and kill not only the Avengers, but the Fantastic Fourteen and every other superhero. Before she dies, future-Gert tells them to find Victor Mancha, the boy who will grow up to become Victorius, and kill him now, before he becomes too powerful.
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I said it before and I'll say it again. This is THE way to read Runaways. Under the attractive dust jacket, the cover is made up of a soft black vinyl material that is extremely durable. The book itself is huge, letting you appreciate the art in a way that it may not have been able to be appreciated in the original comics and the infinitely smaller digest trade paperbacks. Plus, the book is loaded with extras.

This time around, we get twelve issues. One six issue arc, one two issue mini-arc, and one four issue arc. The cherry that tops off this Comic Sundae is a twelve page Runaways/X-Men crossover story that was given out on Free Comic Book Day. Other than the original comic, you can't find this story anywhere else. But, that being said, there's no reason why you'd want to. The story is inconsequential and the art is horrific. It's cool as an extra, but don't look forward to it as an epic super-team crossover issue.

Now, about the actual story: I reviewed the individual arcs here Runaways Vol. 4: True Believers and here Runaways Vol. 5: Escape to New York, but I'll reiterate. The stories are great and the dialogue is snappy as always. This is Brian K. Vaughan here. Its elementary knowledge that he'll always deliver a story that'll make you laugh and nod appreciatively at the talent of his writing. The art ranges from okay to great; Alphona isn't great at drawing the major marvel superheroes, but he excels at drawing the major "Runaways" characters. Speaking of those good ol' kids, I'm sure you returning readers are wondering how they've been.
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