Beautiful writing as always - I love Neil Gaiman's mix of the terrifying and the whimsical. The cameos by DC comics characters were fun without beingBeautiful writing as always - I love Neil Gaiman's mix of the terrifying and the whimsical. The cameos by DC comics characters were fun without being schticky, and I enjoyed the characterization of all the new characters. The only thing that made me subtract a star was the artwork. Don't get me wrong, it's often gorgeous. But while I know it's no doubt intentional, the variations from panel to panel, including the strange anatomy of the characters from time to time, kind of threw me off. In some scenes everything was beautifully rendered, and in others there would be jarring errors (are they still errors if they're on purpose? I don't know, but jacked-up anatomy always glares out at me). I'm sure I'll adjust to the style the more I read, though, and I definitely plan on reading more....more
I'd actually give this story a 4.5 out of 5... it starts out feeling a little too young for the teen/young adult title, but the ingenuity of the worldI'd actually give this story a 4.5 out of 5... it starts out feeling a little too young for the teen/young adult title, but the ingenuity of the world and the big ideas that are somehow simplified enough for children to understand and enjoy quickly turns it into a page turner that's impossible to put down. Allie is a fabulous heroine and I found myself utterly enthralled by her - this is the kind of role model I want young girls to emulate, not some romance-obsessed airhead.
Shusterman has created a world so compelling that I'm sure I'll be picking up the next book in this series as soon as I can get my hands on it....more
**spoiler alert** When I read the first two volumes of The Runaways, I could feel the series becoming an obsession. The art is great! The kids were al**spoiler alert** When I read the first two volumes of The Runaways, I could feel the series becoming an obsession. The art is great! The kids were all interesting! The story was fun and action-packed!
And don't get me wrong, this volume was still beautiful, fun, and action-packed. But I have to say that the wrap-up to this storyline left kind of a sour taste in my mouth. Not because of the deaths of The Pride - though they WERE mostly interesting as far as a supervillain collective go, especially in regards to their love for the children - but, well... time to get political.
One of the first things that drew me to the series was that they had nonwhite characters in prime roles. Alex was obviously the leader of the group, and Nico was the main love interest. How refreshing! A black character and an Asian character, front and center. Sure, okay, there were still way more white characters than POC, but it was something. And then, OF COURSE, Alex turns out to be the traitor. Goddamn it. Here was a black character in a central role, with his abilities being tied mainly to intelligence and strategy rather than brute strength, and he's the mole. How typical. So now the remaining characters are 80% white, with the apparent main love story being between two of the white characters.
This... annoys me. Because even while I can accept that the writers didn't really intend to fall into the stereotype of "the black guy dies first," they did. And somebody, somewhere, should have examined that. I was already getting my side-eye on when his parents were "The Thieves" (as compared to "The Wise Men, "The Colonists," etc), but that just cemented it.
I'm still probably going to continue the series as I do love the art and the personalities of the characters, but my good opinion took a real hit here. One way to get it back would be with a Karolina/Nico love storyline... maybe?? PRETTY PLEASE?...more