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Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids Paperback – June 24, 2009

3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 8 of 11 in the Runaways Series

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Michael Ryan is the author of four volumes of poetry, two memoirs, and a collection of essays. He is a professor of English and creative writing at the University of California, Irvine, where he lives with his wife and daughter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; Original edition (June 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 078512389X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785123897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #552,024 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joss Whedon is my favorite writer of all time. So when I say that I was wary about him taking over this series for an arc, understand that isn't because I was worried about where he'd take the story, because I know he'd do it justice. It was simply because the story came from Brian K. Vaughan's mind, and the mere fact of seeing anyone else carry it on was scary, because BKV did such a fantastic job. "Runaways" has always been one of my favorite comics, and I wanted to make sure it didn't just become one of those Marvel stories that they pass from writer to writer until it loses its feel. So basically, I was worried that my favorite writer wouldn't be a good fit for "Runaways."

THE STORY: Thankfully, I was wrong. The story itself is pretty perfect, in that it really picks up from the point where Brian K. Vaughan left them, while not just continuing the same story but giving us a new plot to get invested in. It also fits nicely into current Marvel continuity, which BKV tended to stray away from--however, Joss makes it work because you don't have to understand or know about what has been going on in the Marvel world to get it. Also, there are some nice call back to old events. The plot involves time-travel, though it ends up being more action-adventure than science fiction. I feel that Joss kind of lost the feel of the story in the middle by bloating it up, filling it with way too many new characters (the Adjudicator, a parallel to the Punisher who is also featured here, was beyond unnecessary), but he gets his footing back in the last issues. Most of the notable amount of plot threads Joss created get paid off nicely, and the arc and theme of the story come together in the end with high, very Whedonesque emotional payoff.
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There was a time when RUNAWAYS was a much looked-forward-to read, and this volume only added to the title's big rep. At this juncture Joss Whedon had taken over from Brian K. Vaughn who had an outstanding run. Whedon's own run - of which this volume encompasses - would be this title's last hurrah. When Joss beat feet after this arc, it's as if RUNAWAYS fell off the precipice (sorry, Terry Moore; sorry, Kathryn Immonen). The core premise, for the newbies out there, revolves around them teenaged progeny of Los Angeles-based super-villains. When these children learned that their parents were big bads ramrodding an evil cabal called the Pride, they decided to run away together. And them kids proceeded to have all sorts of wild adventures.

This is RUNAWAYS Vol. 8: DEAD END KIDS, which collects issues #25-30. As we catch up, the Pride no longer exists, no longer controls Los Angeles, what with the Runaways' parents all dead and gone. Still, things got too hot for our young heroes and they got run out of L.A. Today, they seek sanctuary in New York and end up making a shady deal with the crime boss, Wilson Fisk a.k.a. the Kingpin. And here comes the Punisher who doesn't at all discriminate between grown-up lawbreakers and juvenile delinquents: he means to off them all. The resulting encounter propels our teenagers - Nico, Chase, Karolina, Molly, Victor, and Xavin - into an inadvertent time traveling jaunt to the year 1907 in New York, home to stiff white collars and fresh ham hocks, child brides and inhumane sweatshops, and rival gangs of super-powered "Wonders" fiercely fighting over turf and street cred and, for all we know, fresh ham hocks. (Okay, I am not at all sure what a ham hock is.)

Joss Whedon would like to remind us that history repeats itself.
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I have red Runaways since the first issue and it is an amazing story! These kids find out that their parents are evil villians and decide to run away to become a super hero group on their own. Joss Whedon's run of the series is powerful and takes the kids to New York City. Everyone can enjoy these books.
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Runaways collects into 3 volumes covering 11 books (or 3 books if you buy the larger volume version) plus two side books. Volume 1 (Books 1-3) and Volume 2 (Books 4-8) were really, really good. Volume 3 (Books 9-1) was mediocre and ends kind of abruptly. The two size stories (Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways and Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers) are alright but not really essential. If you want to read Runaways, it is a series to simply read in order since it's not that long. However, I wouldn't fault anyone who stopped reading after finishing Book 8 (Dead End Kids) and didn't bother with the last three books.

Here's the complete reading order for the main series:
Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride & Joy
Runaways, Vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland
Runaways Vol. 3: The Good Die Young
Runaways Volume 4: True Believers (Runaways (Numbered Paperback))
Runaways, Vol. 5: Escape to New York
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