Runaways: Dead End Kids
- Marvel Comics
- Publication Date:
- 14 January 2009
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The further adventures of this misfit gang of superpowered teenagers sees the Runaways try their hand at working for the Kingpin of Crime--with disastrous results. Transported a hundred years in the past, they accidentally set off a war between the superheroes and -villains of turn-of-the-century New York while trying desperately to get home. A little background on the Runaways: their parents ran a West Coast crime syndicate before being vaporized by the Elder Gods. They are constantly falling in and out of love with each other and Karolina is gay but that's all right because the guy her parents arranged for her to marry is actually a shape-shifter and can turn into a girl at will. As of this volume, Alex and Gert are dead and have been replaced by Victor and Klara. Chase is still mourning Gert's death but is comforted by her dying bequest of a psychic, genetically-engineered dinosaur named Old Lace. If this doesn't make you want to read the series, I don't know what will. Oh yeah--this volume is written by Joss Whedon of "Buffy" and "Firefly" fame. I'll admit, I began reading this series long before the Media Log project, but kind of lost interest around Escape to New York. This volume proved a great place to get reacquainted with the characters as the storyline is entirely self-contained. Whedon's characteristic snarky dialogue, love of dramatic deaths and genre commentary kept me on my toes and the brief return of Gert's time-traveling parents packed a great emotional punch. Due to some mature themes, recommended for grades 10-12.
A good story for fans of Runaways and of Buffy. The teenaged team gets mixed up with the wrong side again, and when they disappear, they land in 1907 with no way to get back.
Runaways is an interesting premise with some interesting characters, but it's uneven in execution. Even before it started getting all these new writers.This volume is pretty good. There's some funny bits. I don't know who The Punisher is except by name, but the bit with him amused me anyhow.Was it better for having been written by Joss Whedon? Well, it didn't hurt. Don't know that it helped particularly either.I really like that this group picks up new members. But it also drops them at an alarming rate. :P
<b>Summary:</b> The Runaways are in New York, fleeing trouble in L.A. They find themselves working - against their better judgement - for a crime lord known as Kingpin. But when an operation goes badly and they use the a mysterious artifact in order to flee, they wind up in even more trouble - because the artifact turned the Leapfrog into a time machine, and now they're stranded in New York City in 1907.<b>Review:</b> I have to be honest, this volume was why I started reading the Runaways series in the first place (my local library shelves it with "Whedon" instead of with the rest of the series.) Still, I was a little bit apprehensive about the first volume written by someone other than series creator Brian K. Vaughan, even if that someone was Joss Whedon. And, while it didn't go as badly as it might have, that's not to say there weren't a few bumps. Whedon throws in a score of new characters, most of whom appear for only a few panels at a time, and almost all of whom we're never going to see again, which made things a little confusing and more cluttered than they needed to be. The book also starts more or less in media res, without explaining how things got to this point. Still, the writing was as snappy and funny as you'd expect from Whedon, and the story at the core of this volume was solid and touching. 3.5 out of 5 stars.<b>Recommendation:</b> I suspect that fans of Whedon's comics that pick this one up cold will be thoroughly lost, but while I've more or less enjoyed the series, if it's way out of your comfort zone then I don't know that this installment is worth it.
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