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Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever

(Runaways (2017) (Collected Editions) #2)

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  1,866 ratings  ·  240 reviews
The Runaways are a family again! But a family needs a guardian, and the only Runaway who's got her life together is in middle school. And, even for a kid like Molly who likes her classes, that can be fraught with peril. Meanwhile, there's a new arrival as the gang welcomes Karolina's girlfriend - Julie Power of Power Pack! Having an experienced adventurer around will be us ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Marvel
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Sep 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Well, there's definitely more at play here compared to the first volume. I liked how everyone is trying to get things back to normal and to settle back into their old lives, even though it isn't easy at all. Victor is probably one of my favorites, I think he's a very complex character and I like how he interacts with everyone. Also, I can't stop laughing every time I see him in Chase's backpack.
I think the third volume will have to deal with some of the new relationships that may or may not have
Sep 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
While I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's first volume a lot, this second volume was AMAZING! She's really not afraid to move these characters in new directions and mix up their relationships. The first volume was basically going back to the roots of the team, but this one is moving them forward, and I'm loving where they're all going. I can't wait to see where Rowell takes them next! 5/5 stars, and definitely a worthy continuation of the original comics.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
That last issue! The whole arc was great and I thoroughly enjoyed every issue, but wow, that last one! I have three spoilery shouts:

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Eli Seibert
4.5 stars. I think having the characters be a little older really works. They're a little more matured, and more rational about a lot of things. All the while still being the characters we love. PS: Thank you Rainbow Rowell, for writing a Chase Stein I actually enjoy reading.
Oct 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-runaways
4.5 stars.
The relaunch of Runaways continues to fire on all cylinders! AND they brought in a member of Power Pack?!?! Awesome!
Feb 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
Goodreads needs to learn math. says 99% liked this but the percentages don't add up to that, and 2 stars and 1 star ratings even though there are a bunch are counted at 0%....uh wtf is going on here???
Drown Hollum
Mar 04, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: superhero
You can tell that this story is very well researched. Rowell does not feel like an outsider, and it's clear that she is passionate about this project. Only issue is, things sort of meander, and it feels inappropriately episodic when all is said and done with. It's hard to tell how this is going to add up to a greater plot and not just be a big mess of cute things that happened.

I love the art, and I LOVE what Rainbow does with some of the characters and relationships. It's absolutely wonderful h
Iris Nevers
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[Read in single issues]
What a fantastic volume! I never read past the third volume of the original Runaways series so I know there's a lot of history with there characters that I don't know. But with the way Rainbow (can I call her that? I read so much of her stuff, I'm starting to feel like she's a really close friend so I'll call her Rainbow) writes, I don't feel 100% out of the loop. I love how she brings up things that previously happened in their history but makes it feel natural. She ackno
Rod Brown
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Nothing earthshaking is going on here, but I like these characters, and it makes me happy to read about them hanging out with each other.
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
the subtle horniness infused in the way anka draws himbo dad of the year chase stein
Chris Lemmerman
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
[Read as single issues]

The band may be back together, but that doesn’t mean that they’re playing in harmony. With tensions running high and every member of the Runaways coping with their everything-old-is-new-again situation differently, it’s only a matter of time before things explode. All it takes is a surprise visit from Karolina’s girlfriend and a magical age-defying cupcake, not to mention Doctor Doom, and the Runaways fragile family bonds may fracture before they’ve even unpacked their bag
Oct 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel
It was a fun and engaging read but still it was lacking something for me. I love the rebuilding Victor plot and random appearances of the Doombot, how the Runaways are trying to be a family even though they've been apart for long... But I think the romances and relationship dramas are moving a little too fast for me. While I love how Karolina and Nico's relationship is developing, it got a little spoiled for me how it was intertwined with Julie's plot. I'm not really sure about Gert and her
Ivy Moore
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A better arc than the last, as the Runaways have finally gotten the band back together and are ready to go on adventures again. But of course, Karolina's girlfriend, who for some reason IS NOT NICO? shows up and ruins everything. Chase and Nico become parents. Victor gets a vacuum. A certain doom-y friend shows up looking sharp. Molly makes a friend. Gert and Old Lace... just chill I don't really remember what they did. I want to eat this comic because it looks so pretty.
Jan 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
There's not as much narrative cohesion between issues as I'd like, but I really do love these characters, and I'm in love with Kris Anka's work, particularly the character designs and the outfits. Looking forward to reading more.
Rory Wilding
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
To quote The Lego Batman Movie, "Friends Are Family". This can perfectly sum up the Runaways, a gang of teenagers who ran away from the super-villainy of their parents, also known as "the Pride". As an unlikely team of youthful-driven super-powered teens who negate the idea of growing up, unfortunately most have grown up, so can they keep this mentality as well as the family together?

Following the first volume of Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka's run, in which the Runaways are back together after C
Mar 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I wasn’t the biggest fan of volume one but Rowell has figured the Runaways out. This is fun and touching, sad and exciting, just like growing up. The family is in the awkward phase after teenage years mostly, and couples switch, agendas change.

It is beautifully drawn. The pacing is fun. The addition of Doombot is spot on and I can’t wait to see what happens with Victor Mancha’s head!
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

This graphic novel is Volume two. I enjoy graphic novels, especially when they are done by favorite authors or for favorite series.

I am reading this one because it is Rainbow Rowell. The story was enjoyable and the illustrations were nice.

I am looking forward to reading Volume 3.
Nov 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
C. S.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I ship allllll of the couplesssssss
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018, graphic-novels
Solid entry in the new arc. My favorite part of this one was Doombot—his scenes with Chase were the best.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Like...what? That ending??? I have a lot of questions and I want some answers.
Fried Potato
Oct 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: marvel, some-gay
Rushed emotional stuff that seems written by an 11 year old mixed with a couple funny titbits just good enough to make you forget by a couple seconds that the plot is shit. And that last panel... So much potential wasted. This series is over for me.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
love it love it love it
Unseen Library
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rating of 4.5

The Runaways, Chase, Gert, Karolina, Nico, Victor, Molly and Old Lace are finally back together and living in one of their parents’ old hideouts. While most of the team have grown up since the last time they were all together, this does not mean that they have their lives together. Each of the Runaways has their issues to deal with, be it Gert’s recent return to life after several years of being dead, Karolina’s relationship problems or Victor’s current existence as a disembodied he
Alex Sarll
If I describe this as a teen superhero book with a theme of friendship, that sounds sappy. Not even bad sappy, necessarily – Unbeatable Squirrel Girl was quite straightforwardly that, a lot of the time, and it was one of the best books Marvel have done, full stop. But while this is also very good, that isn't what Runaways is doing. This is niggling at all the painful trade-offs in friendship: that sometimes putting your friends ahead of your lover isn't such a good idea; that sometimes people ar ...more
Dakota Morgan
Mar 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Runaways is clearly Marvel trying to snag that book-hungry YA audience, but at least they're selling out in an enjoyable manner. All of the Runaways are fun characters with interesting problems - it's a delight to hang out with them for six issue. Of course, nothing much superheroic happens here. Nothing much at all happens, actually, besides some personal growth and Molly being tempted to remain a 13-year-old forever. I halfway hoped there would be bigger, more long-term developments in this se ...more
As I said in my review of volume 1, I'm really liking the new Runaways, and how obvious it is that Rainbow Rowell loves the characters and wants to explore their relationships to each other. I like that so far both of the "villains" have been Molly-focused, but it'll be interesting to see how the group develops when they reach a problem that can't be tackled under the guise of taking care of their youngest member. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
The second volume in the Eisner nominated Runaways reboot. Chase, Nico, Gert, Old Lace (the dinosaur), the head of Victor the cyborg, and Molly are all back living in the old Runaways underground mansion. Someone has to drive Molly to school everyday, and Chase and Nico are both looking for jobs, and Karolina keeps sleeping over for movie and game nights. It would be prefect, expect some damn thing always seems to crop up: an evil best friend with a magical cupcake, a Doombot, a crush, a kiss, a ...more
Mar 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this as slowly as I could so I wouldn’t have to leave the world that Rowell and Anka have so skillfully created. Rowell writes young adult characters so realistically and authentically without any condescension or melodrama that usually happens with teens in less skillful hands. Gimme more, please!
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Rainbow Rowell writes books. Sometimes she writes about adults (ATTACHMENTS and LANDLINE). Sometimes she writes about teenagers (ELEANOR & PARK, FANGIRL and THE SIMON SNOW BOOKS.). But she always writes about people who talk a lot. And people who feel like they're screwing up. And people who fall in love.

When she's not writing, Rainbow is reading comic books, planning Disney World trips and arguin

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