Runaways Vol. 3: The Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

Runaways Vol. 3: The Good Die Young by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

Genre: Science Fiction, Superheroes (Graphic Novel)
Series: #3 in the Runaways series
Publisher: Marvel
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 144
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Our teenage heroes determination to take on their evil parents turns deadly.

Why I Read It:
What can I say? I’m hooked on this series.

The Book:
This volume 3 is a compilation of issues 13-18 of the comic series.

From the publisher:

The world as we know it is about to end, and the Runaways are the only hope to prevent it! But if our fledgling teenage heroes are going to succeed, they may have to become just as evil as their villainous parents. The Runaways have learned how their parents’ criminal organization began, and now they must decide how it should END. As the Runaways’ epic battle against their evil parents reaches its shocking conclusion, the team’s mole stands revealed, and blood must be shed. Which kids will still be standing when the smoke finally clears? This is the story that changes everything (seriously!).

My Thoughts:
So much happens in this volume!! As the final volume of the first major story arc it wraps up most of the story lines yet leaves the door open for more to come. I’ll admit I was surprised at the identity of the mole but once it was revealed it made sense and I’d just missed the clues.

The kids are growing on me as they mature and learn to use the skills and abilities that they have. The dialog gets a bit corny now and then but for the most part works well. They’ve become their own non-traditional family in a way and I’m pleased to see them continuing to support each other.

I enjoyed the cameo appearance by Captain America and the nod to Tony Stark late in the book. I’m hoping for more appearances by established Marvel characters.

The artwork is a blend of classic Marvel comics and a bit of Japanese style art. It makes sense given the target young adult audience.

Mostly it’s just a lot of fun and a bit of escapist adventure. They’re quick reads and I’ve got the next two out from the library already.

43 stars Rating 3/5