Homepage > Joss Whedon Comic Books > Runaways : Dead End Kids > Reviews > Joss Whedon - "Runaways" Comic Book - Five simple rules for reading these (...)
« Previous : Joss Whedon Revives Serenity in Fall 2007
     Next : Buffy & Angel Cast - "She Has A Girlfriend Now" Music Video - Watch The Clip »


Runaways : Dead End Kids

Joss Whedon - "Runaways" Comic Book - Five simple rules for reading these teenage heroes

Sunday 4 March 2007, by Webmaster


While Astonishing X-Men scribe and “Buffy” mastermind Joss Whedon’s an über Runaways fan, his fan base from television, movies and even his run on Astonishing X-Men may have some catching up to do when he takes over writing chores from series co-creator Brian K. Vaughan with April’s issue #25

So, whether you’ve heard a lot about the book and want to check it out, or are a diehard Whedon fan and want to absorb everything he does, here’s the rules you need to know to start fresh with Runaways #25.

No One is Safe

The heartbreaking and shocking death of teammate Gert in Vol. 2 #18 proves that any one of these BKV-created characters can be killed off (or worse) at any time.

Everyone’s a Suspect

The Runaways’ parents turned out to be supervillains, Alex Wilder, their one-time leader, betrayed them, they’ve got Ultron’s son as a member and Chase has gotten super-shady lately, so it’s no wonder these kids have trust issues.

Not Just Short Adults

These kids actually talk and act like kids would, instead of...like...mini-adults. Molly, the youngest, often comes off as a little kid hanging out with an older crowd, trying to sound grown up, but ultimately failing.

MARVEL U. Mainstays

Though they’re not based in New York City, the Runaways still have hilarious run-ins with heroes and villains from all over. Whether Molly’s beating the crap out of Wolverine (Vol. 2 #12) or Gert’s calling Spider-Man an old man (Vol. 2 #11), the Runaways are a fun addition to the Marvel Universe.

Running isn’t Their Thing

They’re called the Runaways, but it’s been a while since the kids had to actually flee. Ever since they got their robotic ride, the Leapfrog, and found their parents’ old hideout, the Hostel, the kids have been living pretty comfortably-if you don’t count the constant battles with bad guys.