The Runaways Vol. 1: Pride& Joy by Brian K. Vaughan

The Runaways Vol. 1: Pride& Joy by Brian K. Vaughan

Genre: Science Fiction, Superheroes (Graphic Novel)
Series: #1 in the Runaways series
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 144
Source: Library

The Short Version:
A group of teens find out the secret their parents have been keeping is that they are a group of super villains.

Why I Read It:
One of my graphic novel mentors (Kailana at The Written World) suggested this as a new series for she, Beth Fish Reads and I to try.

The Book:
This volume 1 is a compilation of issues 1-6 of the comic series.

From the publisher:

At some point in their lives, all young people believe their parents are evil…but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico — whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives — vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.

My Thoughts:
I’m beginning to believe that I have a predisposition to like pretty much anything by Brian K. Vaughan. This is the third series of his that I’ve started and while they are all quite different I really do enjoy them all.

I liked this first volume of this series enough that I’ve already picked up the next two volumes from the library.

As I expected from a Marvel series this borders on the periphery of the costumed special powers hero world populated by the likes of The Avengers and the X-Men. The series was developed to appeal to a young adult audience and to manga fans. While there are elements of the artwork that are similar to manga and the book is published in a smaller paperback like most of the manga graphic novels on the library shelf it’s different than typical manga book I might see on the bookshelf.
I enjoyed the story quite a bit. The kids make a startling discover about their parents and then even more startling discoveries about themselves. There was plenty of action even though the beginning of a series is naturally a lot of introducing characters and setting up the beginnings ot the ongoing story.

I liked all of the kids and particularly how they were protective of the youngest of the group. I liked the moments of humor too. This first volume did a good job of setting up the story yet leaving lots of questions open and as a result I already checked out the next two volumes from the library.

The artwork is a blend of a typical Marvel superhero comic and some elements more common in Japanese style comics. It’s sometimes a bit confusing at first to figure out who is who in the large cast of characters but that didn’t last long once I sorted it out.

It’s a fun series aimed at a young adult audience yet fun for adults too.

4 stars Rating 4/5