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Runaways Volume 1: Pride and Joy

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Hot on the heels of my other Brian K. Vaughan read, a friend passed me volumes 1 - 3 of this series. Volume 1 introduces us to a group of teens whose parents are having a dinner party in one their houses. The group discover a secret passageway and accidentally stumble accross their parents in one of the rooms, wearing superhero style costumes. They then witness their parents murder a teenage girl. On the assumtion their parents are actually supervillians, the group decide to run away from their homes and alert the police. However, it soon transpires that their parents are part of something much bigger and more powerful than they first imagined.


Clearly aimed at the early to mid teen demographic (its suggested for readers of age 12+), Brian K. Vaughan transposes the daily woes that all teens endure into an interesting and occasionally funny story. My only gripe is that at times the dialect is a little too 'teenified' and cutesey for its own good. Of course given its target reader group the violence, sex and foul language are minimal. Also due to its manga style format it looks odd on the bookshelf next to my regular sized graphic novels :)

This will no doubt appeal to fans of Whedon's Buffy the vampire slayer (Whedon in fact took up writing duties for the later Runaways episodes) and if you're looking for a new spin on the superhero/villian story this might be for you.

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I read this volume last night, and am still a little undecided whether I liked it enough to keep on with it. The premise, that the kids find out their parents are super-villains, was quite enjoyable and I enjoyed seeing how brutal and callous the parents could be to keep the kids schtum about their secret identities. However, the artwork, led by the demographic for this series, is a little clean, bright and not nearly dark enough to sate me.


I do have the second volume which I will read, then decide if I should continue. As an aside, I managed to get the standard TPB edition and not the Manga sized book, so I didn't get annoyed about it - but I notice if I keep in with the series, after volume 5 or 6, I won't be able to get the standard TPB size.

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