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06/05/2007 Archived Entry: "Comics review: Runaways, Vol 3"

Runaways Vol. 3
By Brian K. Vaughn, Adrian Alphona, Mike Norton
Published by Marvel Comics

Review by Logan

While in New Jersey recently, I read Runaways Volume 3 (hardcover). I've enjoyed following this comic over the past year or so in hardcover trades. The characters are fun and the premise is novel. I like that Brian K. Vaughn created characters with interesting powers and origins stories.

Spoiler alert! Don't read any further if you don't want the whole thing spoiled.

In Volume 3 Karolina and her Skrull boyfriend/girlfriend come back to Earth to rejoin the Runaways. I love that there's a total hottie lesbian who is betrothed to a Skrull with gender identity issues. We also see a love affair develop between Victor (Ultron's half-robot son) and the magical Nico. I liked how this bizarre relationship emerged between a magician and a robot.

Perhaps the saddest and most gripping part of the story is the death of Gertrude. Her special power was a psychic link to a sentient velociraptor. Through a twisted set of events, Gert is stabbed by one of the Pride who is summoned from the past. As she lays dying, she transfers her psychic link with Old Lace (her dino) to her boyfriend Chase. For the rest of the story Chase is despondent and even considers making a deal with evil demons to bring Gert back from the dead.

The art is vivid and bold, but a little odd too. The kids are always wearing clothes that you would imagine teenagers wearing. Other people end up looking a little bizarre in this trade. In fact, there's a point at which three adult characters join the story. It's not clear from the way they're drawn that they are adults though. The artist renders everyone kind of young looking.

Overall, I enjoyed Volume 3 a lot. The story has loss, angst, bonding, love, and confusion -- all things I expect to get from a story about teens. If you haven't been reading Runaways, I highly recommend picking up this comic.

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