Runaways, Vol. 1
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! Did Chase and Gert's love survive their time apart? Have Karolina and Nico's feelings made their friendship impossible? What emotional landmines lie in wait to DESTROY the Runaways?!COLLECTING: RUNAWAYS 1-6

Runaways, Vol. 1 Details

TitleRunaways, Vol. 1
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 1st, 2018
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302908522
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Young Adult, Graphic Novels Comics

Runaways, Vol. 1 Review

  • maymay❀
    January 1, 1970
    Rainbow Rowell was literally the author that got me into YA contemporary. Fetus me identified as Rainbow Rowell Trash™ and i will not let //her// down g i m m e !
  • Warda
    January 1, 1970
    You had me at Rainbow Rowell. It's about time we got something! 😍
  • Razan
    January 1, 1970
    good start !Not so sure about the art style though , but i love the concept! And it's Rainbow Rowell so i'm sure the story will be fun !
  • Scarlet Cameo
    January 1, 1970
    NO.YOU.DIDN'TOK, se que esto suena como juzgo demasiado, pero The Runaways es uno de mis comics favoritos y no tengo más que malas esperanzas para esto :(
  • sofia (sam willows)
    January 1, 1970
    omg I just noticed this comes out on my birthday !!! what did I do to deserve this
  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5 ⭐This was a lot of fun to read. I never read the original series by Brian K. Vaughan but this is definitely enticing me to do so! I love how the Runaways reunite as a family over this trade. It takes them a while to get there especially as some of them say they are happy after moving on but come to the realisation that they’re actually not.Old Lace is so much fun...may be a genetically engineered dinosaur with a nose ring but Lace is great 💗Gert is the only Runaway who feels like she doesn’ *4.5 ⭐️This was a lot of fun to read. I never read the original series by Brian K. Vaughan but this is definitely enticing me to do so! I love how the Runaways reunite as a family over this trade. It takes them a while to get there especially as some of them say they are happy after moving on but come to the realisation that they’re actually not.Old Lace is so much fun...may be a genetically engineered dinosaur with a nose ring but Lace is great 💗Gert is the only Runaway who feels like she doesn’t contribute anything but all the others love her dearly and believe she is the most special. This explains why when Gert died that the Runaways fell apart and only now when she’s saved from the past and brought to the present via time travel can the Runaways reunite. Nico is probably the loneliness runaway and has never been happy since the break of them. However I wonder why her and Chase left - the first break of the group after Gert died. She is a powerful mage who wields a staff which can do all sorts of magic...all she needs is blood and to never repeat the same spell - otherwise it rains and nothing happens...she can use variations of spell words but there are only so many ways you can say something! Chase is like he smart engineer who delved into changing the mechanics of Gerts parents tome machine to go back in time to save her from dying. He also manages to wake Victor up after he finally opens the box he received from stony Stark upon Victors ‘death’. Molly is kind of like the hulk - as it says in Rainbow Rowells words but without the angry and green 😂 she’s such a cute girl who basically looks like she wouldn’t hurt a fly but deep down she’s very strong in power. Finally Karolina seems to possess some sort of magic which allows her to neutralise things...when in her ‘magic form’ she appears more like a rainbow of colours/light similar to a spectral form of herself...it looks pretty cool.The beginnings of a story in this trade were really enjoyable I liked learning about each Runaway on an individual level and also how they used to be and are now as a family. This made me laugh as well as feel sad for the characters - especially Gert as she feels so out of place coming forward to a time where she has been dead for 2 years from the past...everyone has changed except her. The art was so wonderful....I really enjoyed the art style very unique 💗 I loved some of the features variant covers especially the one by Skottie Young (I Hate Fairyland - also a great series!).I look forward to the following issues because this made for a great renewal of the series!
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  • Felipe
    January 1, 1970
    tenía un poquito de miedo, pero a la vez expectativa con estos nuevos comics. se ve que Rainbow Rowell era una verdadera fan de los personajes y los conocía bien. Las ilustraciones de Kris Anka están buenísimas.La historia a pesar de ser un "reuniendo al equipo" tiene el espíritu de los Runaways originales y se ve que va por buen camino
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    (read as single issues)I love Rainbow Rowell, I love the Runaways, I love telepathic cats, sooI do feel like this volume had a lot of heavy lifting to do in order to get everybody reassembled, so like...I enjoyed this a lot on its own merits but I'm more excited about what can come next!
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  • Laura's Book Addiction
    January 1, 1970
    Having never read the first comics about the Runaways I had to pick this up as it's written by one of my favourite authors. That being said the storyline was easy to pick up and I thought the illustrations were beautiful. I can't wait for the next one.....
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  • Nancy
    January 1, 1970
    This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2018/04/2...Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka bring the Runaways back together in this promising re-boot!When I first read the original Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona I said, “Geared towards teens, this graphic novel perfectly captures children’s angst towards their parents and their thoughts of how they will be better than them and their wicked ways.” I thought the premise of the story was fun and fresh and would This review can also be found on my blog: https://graphicnovelty2.com/2018/04/2...Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka bring the Runaways back together in this promising re-boot!When I first read the original Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona I said, “Geared towards teens, this graphic novel perfectly captures children’s angst towards their parents and their thoughts of how they will be better than them and their wicked ways.” I thought the premise of the story was fun and fresh and would really appeal to the younger reader. While I didn’t read further than the first volume, I know who of the original six was the mole, and what happened to the parents of these youth. This book reunites the group in dramatic fashion as Chase brings a dying Gert from the past into the future for Nico to heal with her magic powers. Suddenly Gert is thrust back into modern day, while the rest of the Runaways has aged two years, leaving her significantly younger than Chase who had been her boyfriend at the time of her death. These three seek to reunite the group, as they had gone their own ways after Gert’s death. They first meet up with alien Karolina who is happy in college and in a relationship, and doesn’t feel the need to rejoin. Then they head to find Molly, who has been living with her Grandma, as she is only in middle school. Molly’s scientist Grandmother is (of course) not what she seems, and the five remaining Runaways must band together again.This story had a lot of plot threads from the past to pull together into a cohesive new narrative, and sometimes I struggled with keeping up. I appreciated the clues given in character’s thoughts or dialogue and even a few author asides to catch the reader up to what happened in the past. There was a mention and a picture of Nico when she belonged to the A-Force during her time away from the Runaways and another mention to Victor’s fate (who was a member of the team in later volumes). So although I had read the first book of the series, plus other books that had these characters in it, I still felt muddled at times. A new reader to this series is going to have to play a lot of catch up to understand what is going on.Rowell’s dialogue is spot on, as I knew it would be. I am a huge fan of her novels (especially Eleanor & Park) so I have to commend her for adapting well to the comics format. But she might want to tone down the quips a bit as snarky conversation can get old, for I was frustrated with Gert throughout the entire story. I don’t see her appeal, much less as a genuine love interest to Chase.The art by Kris Anka was a great match to the story. I liked how he incorporated Old Lace and the cats into the panels, with little jokes going on in the background. At times some of the art was anime-inspired and he drew great crowd scenes. I enjoyed that some of the chapter breaks included variant art, a few from original artist Alphona.This is a series that I will definitely keep on purchasing for the teens at my library. I feel that the series will continue strongly under Rowell and Anka’s direction, as they dropped enough clues in this first volume to promise great adventures in the future.
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  • Matisse
    January 1, 1970
    Fun fact: I actually read waaaaaay more than my goodreads shows. It's just all comics on Marvel Unlimited, the Netflix-for-Marvel app, so I don't bother putting it here. But then, once in a while, I actually go out and buy a Marvel comic and put it here anywho. Rainbow Rowell working on Runaways fit the bill. Along with Ultimate Spider-Man, this was a comic from my tween years that was still amazing as an adult. Plus, Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors, surprising nobody. This is a bri Fun fact: I actually read waaaaaay more than my goodreads shows. It's just all comics on Marvel Unlimited, the Netflix-for-Marvel app, so I don't bother putting it here. But then, once in a while, I actually go out and buy a Marvel comic and put it here anywho. Rainbow Rowell working on Runaways fit the bill. Along with Ultimate Spider-Man, this was a comic from my tween years that was still amazing as an adult. Plus, Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors, surprising nobody. This is a brilliant comic. Rowell's dialogue is the same as it was when we first met her, back in the Eleanor & Park days, but it lends itself to the goofy-cartoony-dramedy Runaways tone especially well. She wisely restricted her callbacks to the Brian K Vaughn run, and references to the Runaways' solo careers are both accurate to their comics AND broad-strokes-y to avoid continuity lockout for new or returning readers. Ya don't have to read Avengers AI to get what's up with Victor. It's all good stuff. ...It's just an odd statement for comics as a whole. That Writing For The Trade trend (telling bits of a story, rather than writing a full story in each issue, and selling the issues as a complete arc in the bookstore) has been going on for decades now, but when it was just comic writers doing it, it felt like a progression of what comic book writing was and is. Cut to present day: we have a straight-up Printz award winner writing six-issue story arcs that read like short stories. To put it another way: this would have been the slowest comic in the world if I'd read it issue by issue, as it's clear that Rowell is writing a complete story with her six issues. Why bother with individual issues at all? But yeah. Rainbow Rowell is writing Runaways. It's lovely. =)
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  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    [Read as single issues]Runaways is a property that Marvel haven't had much luck with since the original Brian Vaughan & Adrian Alphona runs on the characters. Most of the characters have dispersed out into other series, while others have fallen into obscurity. It seemed like, even with a TV show on the horizon, that Marvel were happy to let them languish. And then along came Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, two creators with a momentous task ahead of them that they both rise to fantastically.In [Read as single issues]Runaways is a property that Marvel haven't had much luck with since the original Brian Vaughan & Adrian Alphona runs on the characters. Most of the characters have dispersed out into other series, while others have fallen into obscurity. It seemed like, even with a TV show on the horizon, that Marvel were happy to let them languish. And then along came Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, two creators with a momentous task ahead of them that they both rise to fantastically.In her first Marvel comics work, Rowell takes these disparate characters and weaves them back together in an almost seamless way that respects all of the continuity that they have gone through across multiple other titles while giving them a good reason to be back together as well. Rowell's characters all read both true to their pre-established personalities and informed by their previous decisions to become the people that they are now. They're not all kids anymore, but they're not quite adults either (no matter how much they try to be). It's wonderful storytelling that will have fans of the characters jumping for joy.Kris Anka's artwork is absolutely jaw dropping. His eye for fashion and individual body types is perfect for a book about late teen/early twenties characters, and he shows a good eye for humour as well, especially with Old Lace doing things in the background of panels.Runaways could have fallen so very flat, and yet thanks to Rowell and Anka, it soars to heights unseen for a very, very long time. Long live the Runaways.
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  • Jason
    January 1, 1970
    Read as individual issues.The band is back together. I'm a huge fan of the original BKV series, Rainbow Rowell and the art of Kris Anka, so this book was a dream come true.This is a great introductory arc. Each character is introduced with their own stakes woven into a final issue with the characters reunited and battling an unexpected enemy. A fun book.Great character work, wonderful humor and heartbreaking moments. If you've enjoyed Rowell's prior work or the original BKV series, you should re Read as individual issues.The band is back together. I'm a huge fan of the original BKV series, Rainbow Rowell and the art of Kris Anka, so this book was a dream come true.This is a great introductory arc. Each character is introduced with their own stakes woven into a final issue with the characters reunited and battling an unexpected enemy. A fun book.Great character work, wonderful humor and heartbreaking moments. If you've enjoyed Rowell's prior work or the original BKV series, you should read this book.
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  • Love,
    January 1, 1970
    I was outrageously excited when Rainbow Rowell was announced as writing a new Runaways series. My expectations were through the roof. That said, reading this month to month, it took a good three or so issues for me to really get into this. It was a slow burn reunion, and it reads better in a trade paperback, for sure. The return of Gert feels fanfiction-y, but that's unavoidable in comics. The art here is gorgeous, and I can't wait to see where they take the Runaways next! 5/5 stars.
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  • Krystl Louwagie
    January 1, 1970
    I'm loving this revival. Super grateful that Gert is still her "overweight" beautiful self and being represented as such, complete with her insecurities about it. Every character is dealt with love. So looking forward to reading more. The art, the characters, are all right on point.
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    SO GOOD. I loved the original run by BKV and this does it complete justice, but I think this would be just fine for anyone who hasn't read them. My heart belongs to Old Lace. And Gert. And all of them.
  • Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)
    January 1, 1970
    I've technically read all 6 of the single issues that are in this paperback. They're amazing. 10/10 would recommend.
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    A really enjoyable relaunch that was clearly made with love. Can't wait to see where it goes.
  • Ruxandra Grecu
    January 1, 1970
    Freaking adorable and I just loved the art. I missed these guys. This volume was obvs an introduction, and I'm pretty sure the action will ramp up. Bring on vol. 2!
  • Kirsten
    January 1, 1970
    Note: I read these as single issues, but rather than doing up a review for every single one I decided to do it collectively here.Full disclosure, I am already coming into this incredibly biased. Brian K. Vaughn's run of the original Runaways is hands down one of my favourite comic book series of all time. So I'm a bit apprehensive about this, especially after being disappointed about the direction the original run went. I love these characters, they mean a lot to me.While I can't say I'm overly Note: I read these as single issues, but rather than doing up a review for every single one I decided to do it collectively here.Full disclosure, I am already coming into this incredibly biased. Brian K. Vaughn's run of the original Runaways is hands down one of my favourite comic book series of all time. So I'm a bit apprehensive about this, especially after being disappointed about the direction the original run went. I love these characters, they mean a lot to me.While I can't say I'm overly excited about this new series (yet?), I do plan on keeping reading. I think it definitely has potential, and Rainbow Rowell did a good job at capturing their voices. And now for spoilers. The summary said we wouldn't believe how Gert is brought back. Yet... honestly, it was kind of lacklustre. It wasn't mind-blowing or special, it was a thing that happened. I am happy to have Gert back. It's Gert. She's so Gert. But we'll have to see where this goes.Also I feel like I'm the only one who really isn't into Karolina/Nico - at least not right now. Nico is still a mess, it would be a surprise if she wasn't. So I think she needs to sort herself out before pursuing any type of romantic relationship. Does she actually have feelings for Karolina, or is this her need to go to the first warm body when things get tough? Something she admitted to do in the original comics.I really hope they bring back Xavin. She (yes, I consider Xavin a she. After some back and forth when Xavin reverted back she went to female... which lead Molly and I to believe that Xavin now considers herself a female. Maybe I'm wrong, it's a complex issue and that's how I interpreted it. I apologize if I'm wrong) is one of my favourites and she really got the short end of the stick. I did tweet Rainbow Rowell when it was first announced she was going to be doing Runaways and I said she should bring back Xavin and she liked that tweet so... PLEASE.There were many references to the original comics which I loved. I honestly don't know if it's enough for me to be head over heels for this series yet. But I don't hate it and for now plan on continuing to read.
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  • Craig Fisher
    January 1, 1970
    I am so happy to “have the band back together” that it would be I possible for me to objectively review this volume.Alex Wilder being replaced by Victor never sat well with me. I realise that Karolina is involved with Julie Power now, but her Skrull partner always felt like a better fit for the team.Since Molly was the most recent Runaway to get an outing it is wonderful to see her still central to the plot.Gert. Arsenic. I have missed her. Nico, despite or perhaps because she is probably being I am so happy to “have the band back together” that it would be I possible for me to objectively review this volume.Alex Wilder being replaced by Victor never sat well with me. I realise that Karolina is involved with Julie Power now, but her Skrull partner always felt like a better fit for the team.Since Molly was the most recent Runaway to get an outing it is wonderful to see her still central to the plot.Gert. Arsenic. I have missed her. Nico, despite or perhaps because she is probably being the most powerful member of the team remains the most challenged. There is no sign of her leading the team this time, unfortunately. I don’t think she is handled terribly well. Unlike Chase she does not seem to be handling post Murderworld life too well. Chase. He seems to be leading the team now. Every turn he seems to be the motivating factor.
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  • Elijah Brown
    January 1, 1970
    Runaways: Find Your Way Home hits its mark under Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka's care. This first collected issue deeply evaluates where the Runaways have been and how they've grown as well. Rainbow Rowell supplies the earlier issues with very engaging dialogue about their lives' situations, whether it be about their parents who started it all, or what the Runaways truly were. The writing additionally shines by making new motives abundantly clear, as well as creating an interesting villain. Thoug Runaways: Find Your Way Home hits its mark under Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka's care. This first collected issue deeply evaluates where the Runaways have been and how they've grown as well. Rainbow Rowell supplies the earlier issues with very engaging dialogue about their lives' situations, whether it be about their parents who started it all, or what the Runaways truly were. The writing additionally shines by making new motives abundantly clear, as well as creating an interesting villain. Though I can't leave out Kris Anka's art while praising this comic. Not only did Kris Anka's hard work make this comic stunning to look at, but his character designs perfectly encapsulate that the Runaways have grown older, yet their still the same sort-of superheroes we fell in love with in 2003. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy larger amounts of dialogue, character-driven reads, Brian K. Vaughn's original Runaways, and fans of YA novels.
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  • Linda
    January 1, 1970
    Two years after her death, Gertrude's boyfriend Chase decides to travel back in time and save her. Even though he couldn't arrive before she was stabbed, he managed to get her back and stitched up with the help of fellow ex-Runaway Nico. Chase is thrilled that she's back, but a lot has happened in two years. Like the fact that her makeshift Runaway family have all drifted apart, a fact that Gert doesn't want to accept. So, even though I'm usually happy to see them show up in other books, I felt Two years after her death, Gertrude's boyfriend Chase decides to travel back in time and save her. Even though he couldn't arrive before she was stabbed, he managed to get her back and stitched up with the help of fellow ex-Runaway Nico. Chase is thrilled that she's back, but a lot has happened in two years. Like the fact that her makeshift Runaway family have all drifted apart, a fact that Gert doesn't want to accept. So, even though I'm usually happy to see them show up in other books, I felt like Vaughn closed the books on the Runaways. I probably would have skipped this altogether if not for Rainbow Rowell. Plus, Kris Anka. Still, despite the talent behind it, this arc was pretty lackluster. No real character development, nor plot. Just Marvel, churning out more books.
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  • Adam Stone
    January 1, 1970
    Much like the current TV series based on the original Brian K Vaughan run of the book, this series is hampered by its pacing. It takes far too long to gather the team together, and I quickly found myself bored with the plot.There's nothing wrong with the story or the art, but no writer has made these characters interesting since Vaughan left, and I wish they'd retire this title for good.I recommend it for die-hard continuity fans, and people who enjoy Rainbow Rowell's work.
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  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    I really loved this. Seeing the runaways reunite like this was wonderful. The writing was fantastic: funny, well timed, heartwretching... I've always loved Rainbow Rowell's books, but it turns out it she's just as good at writing comics! And the art is just exactly right for these characters. I'm so glad there's more issues coming!
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  • Andreea
    January 1, 1970
    Ranbow Rowell and the Runaways? Yes, please! And it was a delight indeed. It was a bit hard to get into it at first, but once I did I devoured it and I cannot wait for the next issue! I enjoy the art and the characters. This volume was a great start to the story, and it has a nice conclusion at the end of the volume, but still leaves you excited for the issues to come!
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  • Nikki
    January 1, 1970
    THE RUNAWAYS ARE BACK! I was a bit skeptical about this series, because I love the original so much, but I'm super dooper happy to see the gang again. :) If you aren't familiar with the original series it might take a bit to get acquainted with the story, but I'd recommend reading Brian K Vaughan's run anyway, because it's awesome.
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  • Jon Stevens
    January 1, 1970
    One of my favorite YA authors is writing one of my favorite comic book series! The Runaways are teenagers who learn that their parents are supervillains. This volume is about trying to maintain friendships while growing up and moving away--but with dinosaurs, magic, and telepathic cats!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Runaways, collected Vol 1 with Rainbow Rowell!!
  • Kirstie
    January 1, 1970
    Telepathic cats, a cat eating deinonychus side kick, time travel, unapologetic fatness, a goth, a lesbian alien and Rainbow Rowell's humour makes this volume feel like a big mental hug.
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