I like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the se...moreI like this series because all the characters are fleshed out and human. They aren’t all good or all bad. Each one has their flaws, which makes the series a more desirable read. Noriko freaks out, but she isn’t the ditsy kind of girl that needs a guy to do everything. Izark is dark and mysterious, but he’s also got a sense of humor.
The plot moves quickly and stays interesting throughout the series. Read this series! Read it now!(less)
I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a...more(Written on my Blog - February 15, 2007)
I just finished volume 14. The last volume. I was a little melancholy afterwards, sort of how you get after a long vacation. Sad to be going, glad you went, happy to have a conclusion. After 12 long years of writing, the series is over. The author/illustrator mentions this in one of her many sidebars. She says that people were always writing/emailing her because they want to know when the next installment was coming out, and she felt so awful that she couldn’t write them sooner. When you think about it, there were 14 volumes over 12 years. That’s less than one a year! You wouldn’t think anything of that if it was a novelist, and she has to illustrate everything too! Still, I’m glad that I only had to wait a little while since: 1) I hadn’t heard of this series up until a year or so ago and 2) I’m not Japanese so I only have to wait the time it takes for the English translation to come out.
The end of the book gets a little strange with lots of talk about the light and dark, but its still very sweet, not counting the people who get killed, or have “evil bits” (my term, not their’s) oozing out of them. It ended very tightly, with every character being covered.
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 si...moreThis 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!(less)
I’ve read the first volume of this series, and I must admit I’m not completely taken with it. I like the premise: tarot card reading woman helps mythi...moreI’ve read the first volume of this series, and I must admit I’m not completely taken with it. I like the premise: tarot card reading woman helps mythical beings such as vampires and fairies. However the illustrations, which are the very soul of a good manga, aren’t very appealing to me. In many of the manga series, the men have a tendency to lean towards the effeminate, however in this series it feels way over done. The men are practically dainty and the female characters have a stronger more commanding presence.
That being said, while its not my cup of tea, I think that there will be a lot of teenage goth loving girls that will love it. It will definantly appeal to those who love pretty vampire boys.(less)
I LOVED it! The main character is not a librarian, however she loves books so much that she’s almost a slave to them. When she finds an extremely rare...moreI LOVED it! The main character is not a librarian, however she loves books so much that she’s almost a slave to them. When she finds an extremely rare book, she goes into throes of passion. She uses her five senses (even taste) in order to become fully aware of the book. Somehow the books and paper can almost sense her utter dependency upon books and they allow her to manipulate paper in order to defend herself and in some cases kill. A government agency finds out about her abilities and puts her to work as one of their agents. At one point, she is given the task of protecting her favorite author, a teenager who types two books at once and doesn’t seem to care about her adoring fans.
All I have to say is… BRILLIANT! It’s a fun and unique read. Some of the plot is silly, but it doesn’t take itself to seriously.(less)