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Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy

(Runaways (2003-2009) (Collected Editions) #1)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  27,091 ratings  ·  1,065 reviews
Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico - a group of teens whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn...

Runaways vol. 1 #1-6
Paperback, 144 pages
Published December 6th 2006 by Marvel
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Sep 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read Pride and Joy as part of a larger volume years ago, but what with my daughter wanting me to watch the tv show with her, I thought it was probably time to dust off the cobwebs and do a re-read.


And, hey! This was still a cool story.
The basic premise is that these kids discover their parents are supervillains when they stumble onto them ritualistically killing a young woman at their annual house party.


They freak out and go on the run (<--because they're runaways! ) together, trying to fig
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
Tina Haigler
I went into this expecting a bunch of whiny, morose teens with so much angst that they felt their only recourse would be to runaway. I couldn't have been more wrong. This felt new and fresh, at least as fresh as you can be in this particular genre, and the plot twists were great. The characters were diverse with distinct personalities. The art was charming and beautifully colored. I genuinely was not expecting much and I ended up loving every second of it. So if you're bored with the average com ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think every kid has wondered at one time or another if their parents were actually evil. What if your philanthropic parents were in truth ritually sacrificing people in those meetings? That's what happens with the kids in Runaways. The kids of course, freak out and slowly figure out the deal with their parents as they go on the run.

I decided to revisit Runaways with the publication of the Complete Collection line. I'd forgotten how YA this is. This was part of Marvel's Tsunami imprint where th
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
Apr 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2018, graphic-novels
Original and interesting concept for a comic. I like all of the characters but I’m hoping there will be some character development as the story goes on. The illustrations are quite simple but I like them. I loved the colours used. I’m excited to see where this one goes.
When I first read this, I thought it was one of the best Marvel books of all-time, a decade later I realise it was the innovative storyline and artwork that was so different at the time it astounded me. The tale of an eclectic group of five youngsters witnessing a murder, and finding out that there parents are crime lords! Still an innovative idea, but there's a fair few plot holes and artistic licence around, still mightily departs from the mainstays of the Marvel Universe. 7 out of 12.
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book of 2019!

Re-reading the early days of the Runaways. I had completely forgotten this was originally part of Marvel's short-lived 'Tsunami' range of supposedly manga-inspired titles.

This is a great set-up. The only thing that stops it getting five stars from me is the artwork, which, while perfectly serviceable, stops short of greatness. Knowing how much the artist has improved in the last fifteen years, it'd be cool to get them to redraw these early issues. Or pointless. One of the othe
Scarlet Cameo
Sep 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 fi
Feb 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: marvel, comics-2022
This was quite different from the usual Marvel stuff we get and wow I loved it!

It starts with Alex Wilder and his friends finding out what their parents do to a young girl and they belong to a group named "The Pride" and that they maybe supervillains and we follow this group as they go to expose their parents for who they are but well they are children and think everyone is innocent but they ain't and thus begins them vs their parents after they find out. Meanwhile Karolina's power kicks in, Ger
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Decent, pretty fast opener to the series. I'm already pretty familiar thanks to the tv show by the same name.

I still think the premise is strong. Kids of a bunch of supervillains run away, emancipating themselves from their dark, evil families. :)

Marnie  (Enchanted Bibliophile)

I read this a few years back, but wasn't that take in by it. It fell a bit flat in comparisons with Saga (which I was also reading at the time).
But the story kept hunting me... I really needed to know if these kids ever got to the bottom of what their parents were up to.
So I decided to re-read it and then jump straight into the next volume to see if it will grab me this time around.
I'm still not a fan of the art. This is a major info dump and I feel a bit overwhelmed in putting kids and par
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
Cinnamon Girl Of Scotland ☽
How old is James Masters in the TV show adaptation from this cómic. Since 2002 when I fall in love with him for being Spike in Buffy.
Aria ・❥・Biblioaria ˚ · .
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 m
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, superhumans
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
Scott Rhee
My wife and I just purchased Disney Plus, ostensibly for the kid, but we’ve been spending more time watching stuff than the six-year-old. We’ve already binge-watched the first seven episodes of “The Mandalorian”, which is as awesome as the hype made it out to be, and so now we’re just skimming and surfing. I recently came across a Marvel TV series that I had never heard of, and my wife and I had just settled down to check out the first episode. Before we knew it, we were hooked, binge-watching s ...more
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!
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Feb 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Introduction to the runaways, and their parents the Pride. I liked this collection of stories better than the ones that followed. I know I should have read this first, but it didn't work out that way. I was a bit confused during some parts because it almost seemed like the kids were misunderstanding what the parents were doing, but then, in the end, it was that they were villains. SO I dunno how they made it seem like they were not in the beginning. ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, marvel
Very nice story (very Vaughan-y), but I don't like the artwork. It's not offensive to the eye, but it just isn't good. I think the book lost some of it's charm because of how uninspired the art is.
Still, the writing and the plot is good enough to continue reading.
Julio Bonilla
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
The prodigal children have returned.

Alex Wilder leads his group of friends away from their parents after witnessing the death of a teenager...


Just a Girl Fighting Censorship
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
UGH! Why did I wait so long to read this awesome teen comic! All the characters are fantastic and the setup/plot is awesome. Kids versus their parents, what an interesting dynamic. LOVE IT! Must read!
Jul 31, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-and-manga
An interesting take on the superhero genre. Too bad the next installment is out of print!

Full review to come
Anna (Bananas)
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 b
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
Oct 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: format-gn
What would you do if you found out your parents led double lives as supervillains? The six kids in Runaways have only one things in common: their parents. Every year, they all meet up and the kids have to hang out together while their parents have a meeting about something adult and important, which turns out to be their secret villain society. Each kid finds everything they know turned upside down, especially since each of those parents has a potential power legacy that each kid has to adjust t ...more
Dave Schaafsma
Oct 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Brian Vaughn and Joss Wheedon are two of the best sci-fi/fantasy writers alive and it is great they are also gn writers. They are similar in that they are witty, sometimes downright hilarious, they are pop culture and sci-fi/fantasy scholars, they read everything and anything... and they are very smart. For instance, Vaughn goes from references to the Who to Twister the Avengers to technology to romance... everything, and he knows how to tell a story...
Apr 02, 2016 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Gary Butler
Nov 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
76th book read in 2014.

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

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Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site www.PanelSyndicate.com

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes

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