Runaways Volume 1: Pride And Joy Digest: Pride and Joy v. 1 Paperback – 6 Dec 2006
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Second odd thing is that it's an original take on the teen superherogroup, except for one thing which I'll get back to very soon. The premiseis this: at an annual get together of a group of six families, the kids(all only children, apparently)discover that their parents are a secretgroup of supervillains who think nothing of committing murder. Whathappens next is that the kids go on the run, albeit not very far, as theyvisit each others houses and experience more surprises such as discoveringsome of them have super powers. The rest you can find out foryourself.
The downside, for me (other people think it's great), is the wide-mouthedmanga-influenced artwork, but the story has more than enough going tocompensate. If you're a fan of this style then you'll be in heaven.
The kids themselves are an interesting well-characterised bunch and so,from the hints thrown out, are their parents who are an unusual collectionof villains. There's a strong feeling of only the surface being scratchedhere which makes you want to find out more and I'll certainly be aroundfor succeeding volumes.
However, and this is the third odd thing (original plot being the second,no mean feat in this genre), the group itself is modelled directly on theWolfman/Perez version of the Teen Titans. I don't know if writer Vaughandid this intentionally, and I could well believe it's subconscious on hispart, but the parallels are too strong to ignore.Read more ›
Brian K Vaughan’s Runaways are similar in that the characters are made into superheroes through their parents - except they’re forced to step up and make that choice because their parents are supervillains trying to kill them!
Alex, Gertrude, Karolina, Chase, Molly and Nico are the teenage offspring of well-to-do Californian philanthropists. When their parents gather to decide which charities to patronise for the following year, the bored kids decide to spy on the dull grown-ups - and then discover that their parents are secretly supervillains in a group called The Pride! The murder of an innocent at the hands of their mums and dads makes up their minds for them - they have to run away, or they could be next!
I’m a big Brian K Vaughan fan so I’m not sure how it’s taken me this long to get around to this series but I’m glad I did because Runaways is terrific! Like Joss Whedon, Vaughan’s speciality is self-aware drama with the right amount of levity, as well as writing superb dialogue for convincing young characters. There’s not a single member of the group that doesn’t feel like a real teenager or unlikeable in any strong way.Read more ›
The story itself is quite interesting, a nice spin on the 'evil' parents angle. It will be interesting to see how the characters develop and work together to 'beat the odds' against their more powerful opponents!
Well worth a read but be warned about possible problems with the pages!
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The comic itself is awesome; it's drawn and written brilliantly. I'd give it five stars if it wasn't for the fact that the binding SUCKS. It fell apart the day I got it. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ciaran Campton
Great comic but book fell to bits as soon as I turned a few pages. Very poor binding.Published 24 months ago by Alan Wake
Not bad at all! A brilliant premise well executed for the most part. It mostly avoids genre cliches until the end and is a fresh and inventive look at the superhero genre from a... Read morePublished on 28 Oct. 2013 by Nemo0113
The comic book its really great but I think maybe an other edition could be better. The Digest Ed its cheap but not so good in quality.Published on 8 Jan. 2013 by Catherine
An amazing book, I read it in 1-2 hours- non-stop! I was gripped right from the start till the end, even though 2 sections seemed quite boring due to the character's powers not yet... Read morePublished on 3 April 2011 by D. Cambridge
This may seem like it's for kids or you might think you're not into comics but think again! This is a really unique story that drew me in instantly, the art is fantastic and I've... Read morePublished on 2 May 2010 by stacey
I bought this for my 10 year old and picked it up to see what it was like. I didn't put it down until I had finished and I am now buying the next in the series. Read morePublished on 10 Jan. 2010 by Rainbow1Gold
A response to Marvel's lack of teen-oriented titles, Runaways was part of the Tsunami line alongside Mary Jane and Sentinel, and is the most traditionally 'superheroic' of the... Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2009 by John Clayton III
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