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Runaways, Vol. 9 by Terry Moore
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Oct 27, 09

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bookshelves: graphic-novels, young-adult-books, older-teens, second-half-of-2009
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I've seen some people complain about the writing in this book. I actually thought the story was interesting; except for the Howard Stern-esque radio jock. But writer Terry Moore did something Brian Vaughan never did, or Joss Whedon(but Whedon only wrote 6 issues), and that is give some real emotional depth to the world. Sure, in Vaughan's run, which are far cooler and more kick ass than Moore's, the kids have to come to terms with their parents being evil and with their own powers, but they never deal with it on more than a superficial level. Moore, however, digs deeper and looks a little harder at these discombobulated teens.

However, all the good work Moore does as a writer is undone but the absolutely subpar artwork of Humberto Ramos. Ramos draws these characters like they belong on Disney XD. They look ridiculous, never cool, always distracting. And when they are yelling something, which may be a flaw in Moore’s writing, because they seem to be yelling a lot, every character looks like steroid-induced wild hogs. It’s unappealing, and made for a very rough read.

It's too bad they have that manga artist for the next set. It ruins Runaways for me.

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