This series is unique in that it is a super-hero comic that is not about the super-heroes, nor is it about the super-villains. This series is about siThis series is unique in that it is a super-hero comic that is not about the super-heroes, nor is it about the super-villains. This series is about six teenagers and what they do after they find out their parents are super-villains.
What would you do if you found out that what you thought was a once a year get together with old friends, turns out to be an excuse to go in the basement in order to sacrifice an innocent girl in an evil ritual? In Runaways, six teens are in that very predicament. They find a secret passageway in the house and following it down to the basement, are just in time to witness their parents kill an innocent girl.
Soon after, the teens learn that they aren’t ordinary teens at all, but each has different special powers in one way or another, just like their parents. There is a boy with a brilliant mind, a mutant, an alien, a teen with a psychic link to a velociraptor, a teen whose parents created hands that shoot fire, and a teen whose magical parents have bestowed her with a magical staff. All this becomes too overwhelming for them, and they decide to go into hiding. The plot is creative and unique. Some of the turns the plot takes later on in the series seem a little outrageous and downright bizarre, but teens who like super-heroes or fantasy will just eat it up. The main theme revolves around the six teens’ parents, who are part of the Pride, an organization created by the Gibborim who are giant beasts that live deep underwater and want to revert earth back to its original state, without humans. The Pride has to sacrifice innocents and steal their souls so that the Gibborim can swallow their souls and get strong enough to put their plan into action. The members of the Pride can choose six of their group to move on to paradise with the Gibborim, and the other six will die with all the other humans that are contaminating the earth with their bickering.
The illustrations are gorgeous, and the colors are deep and rich, adding to the dark plot. Much of the time, the teens are in darkness, either waiting until nightfall to come out of hiding or when they are in their hiding spot underground. The teenagers look like teenagers, not beautiful busty models pretending to be teenagers. They are regular kids taken out of their comfortable lives and forced into a situation that they hate.
For librarians just starting a graphic novel collection this will be a great addition, especially those in need of more superhero comics. There’s enough violence to interest the teens, but not enough to bother parents. Some of the teens become interested in each other, and typical teenage romance ensues, without going beyond a little kissing. The cover illustrations and the deep colors are eye catching and would benefit from an outfacing display. Teens will connect with the runaways’ everyday problems and relationship issues, plus they’ll breathe a sigh of relief that their parents aren’t super-villains!...more
This is another unique and special comic by Hope Larson, who also created Salamander Dreams. Just as in Salamander Dreams, Larson continues to draw drThis is another unique and special comic by Hope Larson, who also created Salamander Dreams. Just as in Salamander Dreams, Larson continues to draw dreamlike simple line illustrations. This time her colors of choice are a light peach and black, which she seems to use in order to differentiate between the items that she wants you to focus on and everything else.
In this book, the main character is a French foreign exchange student named Noemie. The book is peppered with French lines, repeated in English. This is done in a superb way. Whichever language she is speaking (or thinking) in is in the word bubble and the other language gently flows around it.
Noemie is shy and cautious about the United States, however she befriends a girl across the street from her apartment who’s family owns a bread shop. Her new friend makes the most wonderful animals out of bread, and although she seems happy in her situation, she longs to move back to her native country, Mexico. Throughout the story, someone follows Noemie around and takes pictures of her. In the beginning, she is disturbed by it, but once she understands the circumstances, she starts to reconsider.
There is also a subplot with a reoccurring dream about grey horses that Noemie tries to understand and determine the meaning of.
All this adds up to a truly original and special graphic novel. This is a definite must for all libraries trying to start a collection. There isn’t anything suggestive or anything you need to worry about with your “gentler” teens (or their parents). While I wouldn’t say this is geared to kids, you don’t have to worry if they happen to pick it up....more
I agree with other reviewers that the book spent a lot of time on Aya's friends and their promiscuity, but I'm wondering if that's the point. Aya's anI agree with other reviewers that the book spent a lot of time on Aya's friends and their promiscuity, but I'm wondering if that's the point. Aya's an aberration in her village. Girls are supposed to graduate from high school (if that) find a man, get married and have 10 or 12 children. She doesn't want to do that. She wants to be a doctor. I'm wondering if the author's purpose in focusing on Aya's friends is to show how much she deviates from the "proper" role of a young woman. She discourages the advances of men, she doesn't go to the local clubs and she definitely doesn't go out to the market square at night to hook up with men. Often it was hard to keep track of which of Aya's friends were up to what. I love the illustrations, the color, the people and the atmosphere. It swept me into the story. I wasn't going to pick this up and read it. I think I bought it for our collection because it received a good review ... looking it up in our catalog ... yup, School Library Journal gave it a good review. They mentioned, "This pleasing volume will make a good addition to graphic-novel collections." I'm glad I picked it up. I'm definitely going to buy the other one for the library. I know that I'm going to have to push this one on my teens, but I think they'll like it onces they get into it.
Addendum: looking at the reviews, I wonder if I got this one because Bob read it and liked it. Quite possibly....more