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Runaways: Pride & Joy (Runaways #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  19,440 Ratings  ·  698 Reviews
At some point in their lives, all young people believe their parents are evil ... but what if they really are? Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run awa ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 14th 2009 by Marvel (first published December 6th 2006)
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Jan Philipzig
“What If They’re Not Good Guys?”

Deuteronomy 5:16
“Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged...”

Reverence for parental figures has traditionally been held up as an untouchable virtue in superhero comics, with heroes like the Batman and Spider-Man devoting their entire lives to the memory of their guardians. But what if those guardians don’t actually deserve all that reverence? What if they were never as benevolent as we were brought
Sh3lly ✨ Annihilator of Mangy Felines and Maggoty Malfeasance ✨
So there's this group of kids who grew up seeing each other occasionally while their rich parents discussed fundraisers and whatever else rich adults talk about privately. The kids never think anything of it as the years pass, and then one day (how time flies), they're teenagers, and decide to spy on their parents having one of their "meetings." HOLY BATMAN - they're actually super villains called The Pride!!!

That's the premise of this series, and of course, the kids discover their parents kept
Sam Quixote
Mar 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mums and dads play a major role in superhero stories. Frequently they are the hero’s main motivation for becoming the superhero in the first place: Bruce Wayne’s parents were shot dead, Kal-El’s parents’ last act was to send him to Earth where he became Superman, Peter Parker’s father figure Uncle Ben was killed by a mugger, Hal Jordan’s dad died in a plane crash, Odin gave Thor his powers by forging Mjolnir, Charles Xavier shepherded untold numbers of young mutants to realise their full potenti ...more
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!!!!!
What would you do if you discover that your parents are super villains? And if, after that, you find out that yourself have powers?

Fucking awesome photo tumblr_lnbcsmF6Ss1qcado6.gif

That's the premise of this history and let's be real,if you have a tons of teenagers for that plot it can be really awesome or a total disaster. In this case we have a incredible story.

But, what is what make it so good? First, this isn't the typical superheroes comics. Yes, it shows the moment when discover their powers, or abilities or artefacts that let them fight
Cute premise, cute drawings, cute dinosaur. Occasional shocking violence. Fun combination!
Aria the Blue Fairy
This is pretty cool! It really is. The title accurately shows you what this is about.


Runaways is about a group of teenagers who witnessed something they shouldn't have, and now, they are on the run.

I don't want to spoil anything for you guys so I won't go into too much details about the plot.


- This story was about teenagers who acted like teenagers. I loved that they didn't act like they were older than they are. They made stupid, irrational decisions, like most
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superhumans, comics
A fun read, but so far really preoccupied with setting up the plot. At the very end of the first book, we've just gotten to the premise of the series: a group of teenagers discover that their parents are actually powerful supervillains and go on the run. This time, I don't actually mind that it took so long to get the plot running, because the setup is necessary and because we need an introduction to what's actually a pretty big cast of characters. The teens are likeable enough that I want to ke ...more
Joanna (joreadsalot)
Hey Book Peeps

So this graphic novel was in a Booktuber's TBR list and once it was described to have X-men vibes I was sold. I decided to grab it from the library and give it a go and I am so glad that I did. I really enjoyed the storyline even though it is part mystery. There is a lot of info kind of thrown at you but its never more than you can handle and it is just enough to keep you coming back for more.

All the runaway characters were fantastic. They all had distinct personalities and back s
Cisz Strasters
Apr 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Geweldige verhaallijn, prettig geschreven en goede graphics! Snel verder in vol. 2 ♡
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Reviews:

I've now got a fangirl crush on Brian K. Vaughan. What an amazing writer! Who hasn't imagined he or she was on the run from the parents? I love how this book takes one of my favorite plot devices - being on the run - and combines it with a great, diverse cast of likeable characters.

I'm going to get poor from all the amazing comic book series I keep finding!
Rebecca McNutt
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was amazing! It was funny, exciting, thrilling and the imaginative characters are totally unforgettable. Definitely worth reading. :)
Anna  (Bananas!)
Dec 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, buddy-read
3.5 stars
This was pure fun and I didn't want to put it down once I started. Six kids discover their parents are supervillains and band together to fight against them. Perfect for teens but adults will enjoy this too. There's a twist at the end that makes you want to keep reading - so I'm starting Vol 2 tonight.
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First impressions:
Alex - I see potential in his super smarts. He also seems like the sensitive one.
Nico - a cool goth girl, hooray!
Chase - seems kind of dumb but I'll give him the bene
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Rothfuss'un yorumunu görüp okumaya karar verdiğim "harika" bir çizgi romandı.
Özellikle karakterlerin farklılığını çok beğendim:) 6 ana karakter de harikaydı bence.
-Çizgi roman, 6 ergenin, ailelerinin "Pride" isimli bir gruba bağlı süper-kötüler olduğunu öğrenip birlikte ailelerinden kaçarak kendilerini ve dünyayı kurtarmaya çalışmalarını anlatıyor. En azından ilk cilt bu şekilde ilerliyor:)
-Kitaptaki her karakterin farklı savaş taktikleri olması (çocukların hepsi mutant değil) özellikle
10 July 2013

This series would be excellent for anyone killing time waiting for the next Morning Glories to be released. Murder, corruption, time-travel - who can resist? Granted, Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy is a bit more PG-13 and isn't nearly as gory, but hot damn is it fun!

This volume engages you from the very first page and keeps the excitement going up until the very last page. It's Brian K. Vaughan, so the writing is top-notch and almost feels like you're watching a psychological/actio
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
Thoroughly amused by the premise of this novel! It's real interesting to witness these young teens coming to terms with what they discover. But the tone definitely makes it seem a little young! Still curious as to what they plan to do.
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels, 2015
To see a preview of the art be sure to check out this review on my blog, Reading Robyn.

A lot of people these days cringe when they hear the words "origin story" and I can't blame them. There's only so many times you can be told about Superman's fall to earth or how Spider-Man gets those fancy web-slingers. When it comes to the guys that have been around longer then I've been around I think it's safe to say we get the point. Despite this though, I have always had a thing for origins, especially w
Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay)
So, I really and truly enjoyed this one! I liked each of the teens and felt they all brought something important to the group dynamic. Basically, this is the story of six teens who have known each other their whole lives. They are not friends, their parents just do business once a year and they're forced to hang out; but this year, they go snooping and find out their parents are a powered, super-villain group called the Pride!!! Turns out the annual charity fundraiser meeting is really the annua ...more
What if teenagers found out their super rich yet boring parents were super villains and tried to turn them in? The first volume deals with the family relationships and the various realizations. The kids make a lot of pop culture references from 5-10 years back or more so you may have to look these up online or ignore it.

What if teenagers found out their super rich yet boring parents were super villains and tried to turn them in? The first volume deals with the family relationships and the variou
CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
Good art, good story and in a world where superheroes are real why wouldn't it make sense that Super Villains are as well.

What happens when villain's have babies and those babies grow up to be teenagers with a wavering sense of right and wrong but understand the value of good and evil?

When parents are willing to kill their children, frame them for murder and give them pet raptors - it's a crazy mixed up world.

With classic rock references, modern day references and an old movie or two it's gonna
Mar 30, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sheer awesome. Teenage superhero runaways with a real sense of psychology. Only problem I have is that Molly, who is supposed to be 11, acts like she's 7 or younger. It drives me nuts. I can't wait to see where this series is going and hope that they tell me why Alex is so gung-ho from the very beginning that their parents are evil. If they don't, writing flaw, if they do, thank gawd that wasn't a mistake in characterization.
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Just like every other time I've read it, this remains all kinds of awesome.
Gary Butler
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
76th book read in 2014.

Number 17 out of 419 on my all time book list.

Follow the link below to see my video review:

When I was in high school there was a comic book store about 15 minutes away, so naturally, we spent a lot of time there. One day while in the shop one of the employees recommended this to me. I hadn't read many comics before this and I was at the height of my manga phase, but the summary of this had me hooked. I bought it and the very next day I was back to buy every other Runaways comic that had been released. This was the first comic book series I fell in love with and probably one of the onl ...more
The title for this comic is seriously spot on. Runaways is simply about a group of runaway teenagers who witnessed something more than slightly traumatic and want to do something about it.

Before going into this comic, I had heard some not so good things about it from a friend, so my expectations were kinda low. And even though it wasn't fan-freaking-tastic... it was pretty enjoyable. Yes, there were those parts where I was not amused at all, but overall, volume 1 had a solid introduction of plot
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite some disappointing language in this volume, I'm intrigued by this group of kids and will likely read on soon.
A graphic novel this is the first in a series. A group of teens find out their socialite parents are not what they appear to be - no nothing cool like super heroes - their parent seem to be the opposite and they have just killed a young girl! What shall the teens do?

Being the first in a series obviously there is no complete closure at the end - but the story is fun as the author sets up the scenario and gets his adventure threads going as the story twists and turns and secrets start to be reveal
I read this book years ago - probably when it was still an active series in its early, obsessive days of new wild-eyed fans who couldn't believe comics could be this good.

At the time I thought it was a little juvenile for my tastes - who would I be kidding, a grown man reading a comic about a group of teenagers? So I think I put it away and tried to forget how skeezy I felt, and returned to stuff that was a little more age-appropriate (or at least didn't make me think of how many perverts droole
This is basically the quintessential teen comic. What teen wouldn't love to discover that their parents are actually evil, confirming all the natural suspicions that come at that age?

Well, enter the Runaways. A group of kids who's parents meet in secret at regular intervals throughout the years. These supervillian adults, who call themselves The Pride, keep a not-secret-enough hidden passageway, where they clad themselves in tights and leather and are discovered by their adolescent children in
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo
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