Runaways: Dead End Kids (Runaways #8)
Not *bad* per se, but ... weirdly confusing.
It isn't really necessary to know what happened there to understand the story here, thank goodness. One of the best things that I can say about Whedon taking on the book is that he writes the characters in almost exactly the same way that Vaughan ...more
It was great that Marvel and Whedon were able to hammer out the details to allow him to work on Runaways despite his heavy workload. Michael Ryan was drafted to provide art and Jo Chen was retained to produce her magnificent covers.
I really liked how Whedon managed to maintain BKV's vision for the characters w ...more
I can't believe I'm going to say this, but I wish Whedon hadn't taken over writing Runaways. There was just something off about the story and the characters. I can't put my finger on it.
The story was a little all o ...more
If you're here because you're a Whedon fan, I don't think you'll be disappointed. It has all of his hallmarks: funny quotable dialogue, a complex but tight-knit plot, cultural references that make you feel smart (Yellow Kid as a turn of the century super ...more
Premise is awesome: children of super-villains decide they don't want to be evil and take off, hence the title.
This has many of the Joss Whedon traits, but, again, dummy didn't know the story so it wasn't all that fun.
The situation The Punisher finds himself in is fucking hilarious, though, so I can't say this was a waste. Must go back and start from ...more
But, all things considered, the story arc in the volume was overall pretty good and Whedon was able to keep the feeling and voice ...more
However, I was disappointed by this volume, collecting Runaways issues 25-30, the group begins by following in the parents footsteps (working for the villian Kingpin), being attacked by Punisher (who gets kicked in the nuts (HILARIOUS!)), and going back to 1907 where they meet early superheroes called Wonders. But it's not very coherrent, ...more
So, Joss writes our Runaways back to New York and a meeting with the Kingpin. This leads to them stealing something that might have belonged to their parents, the Punisher on their trail, and a horribly scarred flying beast of a man who works for a little old lady. All of this lands the team a hundred years in their pa ...more
I so much hate that BKV left the stage and the characters to the ether. I hate that all of these threads were left dangling and nothing would ever come of them again. That we really never will get an ending to his story? That they finally got through the growing pains of not needing cameos from old vets to make this story and these characters work, and now it's over.
But...I loved that they got Joss in to let the audience down slowly, because this was a ...more
I quite enjoyed reading this story, and my main complaint that it wasn't longer. It would have been nice to have more issues about 1907 and it's characters, and it would've been interesting to see what else Whedon would have done with the Runaways.
The characters felt the same as under Vaughan, and the artwork, while slightly different was similar enough (unl ...more
Oh, and why so man "things" for everything. "Things" is not a word to replace other words . . . ...more
Definitely a highlight for the series.
Art: A new artist this time the art is more how you would picture an American comic and yet still tolerable for manga fans although some parts not so much. The style is realistic cartoonish as in you can tell it's cartoony but this doesn't have the same flare as Eric Wight's work. the art work is plain enough that its tolerable for manga fans that has got to count for something B-
Characters: The group is all here and while no one really changes much they do su ...more
In the eighth book in the RUNAWAYS series, the kids travel back in time to early 1900's New York. They join a group with a bunch of other "gifted" kids. They try and explain to the kids what they think (know) might happen, without giving away that they're from the future. They eventually get in the middle of a riot against "normals". They help stop the fight, and head back to the future with a girl that they saved from her husband (the girl was like 9 and her husband was like 30). What will happ...more
The overall issue would be how much these kids blundered, never seeming to know what they were doing. I'm willing to believe that this was showing their character growth, but after a while it wore thin. As did a few of the plot holes and the overa ...more
The characters are well fleshed out and a fitting mix of child and adult as all teenagers are. While I've never read Vaughn's volumes and so cannot speak to how well Whedon captured the characters in that sense, as ...more
I loved the idea of having the kids seek out the Kingpin, steal a priceless artifact, scuffle with the Punisher, and time travel to the past, but there was just way too much going on to make sense of it all in the limited space it was g ...more
Bonus fun are cameos f ...more
The Runaways appear to be children of various villains in our time who somehow managed to either kill their parents or get a rep that they ...more
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