Chase and Nico head to Murder World!

In celebration of Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS and “Marvel’s Runaways” heading to Hulu on November 21, take a look at the team’s major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

When the third RUNAWAYS volume ended in 2009, fans didn’t know what the future held for their favorite teen heroes. Though they certainly didn’t expect Chase and Nico to show up in an Avengers book packed with other young heroes—old and new alike—all fighting for survival!

In 2013, Dennis Hopeless, Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Riccardo Burchielli, Karl Moline, and others launched AVENGERS ARENA. The book found death trap builder Arcade selecting 16 kids from the Runaways, Avengers Academy, X-Men, and  Braddock Academy to spend 30 days on a gigantic version of Murder World. The catch? Only one of them would be allowed to leave.

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

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When they first arrived, Chase and Nico set out on their own, found a nice patch of forest, and tried defending it—but soon realized that wouldn’t work. Unlike the other contestants, Chase worried not about dying—but about surviving. He thought that, especially in recent years, he’d been surrounded by smarter, more skilled people who’d met their demise while, inexplicably to him, he kept on living.

As the series progressed, plenty of alliances developed and came crashing down as the kids worried about who would survive and how. It didn’t help that a few of their fellow contestants had no problem killing or manipulating the others.

Over the course of the month, the Runaways underwent some intense changes. Chase utilized the Darkhawk gem, allowing him to briefly turn into the armored space hero. Nico’s power-up, however, came at a higher cost…during one of the many betrayals in Murder World, a fellow captive took control of Chase in his Darkhawk form and used his powers to attack Nico with an energy blast. She lost an arm, the Staff of One got obliterated, and she nearly died—until the Staff reformed and supercharged her mystical powers.

At the end of AVENGERS ARENA, Arcade released online videos of the kids during their time in Murder World. And by the time the follow-up series, AVENGERS UNDERCOVER, began, only Chase embraced the resulting fame. Cullen Bloodstone, however, wanted to track down the villain and kill him for his deeds, which brought the young man to Bagalia, the underground super villain society run by Baron Zemo and his Masters of Evil.

Avengers Undercover (2014) #1

Avengers Undercover (2014) #1

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This 10 issue series—by Hopeless, Walker, Timothy Green II, and Tigh Walker—saw Chase, Nico, Cammi, Anachronism, Hazmat, and Death Locket follow Cullen to discover a hedonistic world that appealed to their base instincts in exchange for an occasional favor. Most of the group united to stick around in an effort to infiltrate the organization. Eventually, they succeeded in their mission—but not without experiencing a few dark moments along the way.

LOST & FOUND

One more volume of RUNAWAYS exists, though it’s very different from the others. Part of Secret War’s Battleworld initiative, this four issue series by writer Noelle Stevenson and artist Sanford Greene started with a bunch of students at the Victor von Doom Institute for Gifted Youths. Once they realized their exams involved death, however, the kids attempted to escape. Molly represented the only pre-existing Runaway in the group, but the rest of the squad included Amadeus Cho, Cloak, Dagger, Skaar, Pixie, Jubilee, Frostbite, and Delphyne Gorgon.

That’s a wrap on Get Ready to Run! Now find your fix with Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS and “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu this November 21!

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Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli close out volume three with a bang!

In celebration of Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS and “Marvel’s Runaways” heading to Hulu on November 21, take a look at the team’s major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

In the grand tradition of RUNAWAYS volumes, the third crashed to an end that shocked everyone. RUNAWAYS #11-#14 by writer Kathryn Immonen and artist Sara Pichelli began innocently enough—at the Stein’s Malibu house with Nico, Karolina, Victor, and Chase throwing a prom for themselves as Molly, Klara, and Old Lace watched TV.

Runaways (2008) #11

Runaways (2008) #11

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But their night of fun came to a fiery end when a drone crashed into the home. As the group rushed to see if Klara and Old Lace were okay, they discovered a tragedy: Old Lace seemed to have died saving Klara’s life.

As Chase felt his dinosaur companion’s heart stop, Klara woke up. Extremely disturbed by the events of the evening, she covered the entire building in her plants, trapping the crew inside. Meanwhile, a man named Hunter Stein—who heard the accident occur—made his way to the house. A paramilitary group, responsible for the drone, also arrived to recover their lost machine.

Nico used her powers to free the group of Klara’s plants, accidentally losing track of Old Lace’s body in the commotion. Though when the Runaways saw the armed men searching the rubble, Nico conjured up a log cabin for them to hide away in.

Hunter Stein worked to remove the heart from the recently destroyed Leap Frog before finding a fleet of other amphibian-themed vehicles that the kids—having escaped the cabin and the soldiers—took off in.

Now in recovery, Chase left the group to retrieve a few supplies—and ran into a girl that looked just like Gert. She didn’t respond to the name, and when Chase tried following her…he stepped into traffic and got hit by a car.

Runaways (2008) #14

Runaways (2008) #14

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Unaware of the incident, the Runaways shared a sweet moment, deciding to live up to their team name and remain on their own—discussing their bond as one of their own lied in an emergency room fighting for his life.

LOST & FOUND

Though close to death at the end of RUNAWAYS #14, Chase seemed relatively fine when he next appeared in S.W.O.R.D. #2 and then again in DAKEN: DARK WOLVERINE #17-#19, when Wolverine’s son got hooked on a drug called Heat. While tracking down the drug’s makers, Daken discovered a connection to the Pride, made himself known to the Runaways, and joined them to take down the drug lord.

Following that, the kids appeared in AVENGERS ACADEMY #27-#28 when they successfully recovered Old Lace from an alternate dimension.

Next up, Chase and Nico become victims of Arcade’s madness in the pages of AVENGERS ARENA and AVENGERS UNDERCOVER with the final installment of Get Ready to Run!

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The first Runaways arc ends in betrayal, destruction, and murder!

Take off with the Runaways from the beginning as we ramp up for Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s new series launching on September 13 and “Marvel’s Runaways” premiering on Hulu November 21!

Writer Brian K. Vaughan and artist Adrian Alphona sent Alex, Nico, Gert, Molly, Chase, and Karolina out with a bang as the first volume of RUNAWAYS came to a shocking conclusion.

The kids felt pretty pumped after the previous arc, as Cloak and Dagger promised to help them upon their return to New York, though they never did; the team remained  unaware that the Pride intervened and wiped Ty’s and Tandy’s minds, leaving the kids stuck in their ongoing predicament.

The Runaways did get some more dirt on their folks, though, as Alex figured out how to translate the Abstract, which explained how each of their parents started out and what brought them to the Gibborim in the first place. More importantly, they learned that the original deal with the six-fingered giants included the Pride working to destroy humanity in exchange for spots in a new paradise.

In the middle of this history lesson, a small army of police—including the Pride’s LAPD minion—raided the Hostel, sending the kids on the run once again. Adding to the already-heightened emotions, they also discovered that one of the members had been leaking information to their parents.

Distrust spread among the Runaways and their forebears, who had been working in secret to use different parent-child combinations to try and make it to the safe haven. With both groups looking over their shoulders, each decided to bring the whole enterprise to a close.

The Pride needed to attend the latest Gibborim meeting at the Marine Vivarium—2,500 leagues off of Santa Monica Beach. Knowing that they must bring everything down fast, the Runaways followed their folks below the waves and soon found themselves facing giant rock sentries and other oceanic threats.

The mission proved so dangerous that Chase almost died, but Gert used mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to save him. Chase then passed the Fistigons off to Alex, who led the group to face off against their parents. In the early stages of battle, Gert got knocked unconscious, but told Old Lace to follow Alex if anything happened to her instead.

Unfortunately for all involved, Alex stood revealed as the mole the entire time. Alex—so well-trusted by the rest of the group who never considered him a threat—wound up with all the cards—and the Staff of One—in his own gauntleted hand.

Runaways (2003) #13

Runaways (2003) #13

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The rest of the Runaways didn’t take too kindly to this reveal and did their best to retaliate against their former comrade; Nico took the staff back and Gert regained control of Old Lace. That served as enough of a distraction for Chase, driving the Leap Frog, to crash into the room. During the fracas, Molly crushed the canister that held the sacrifice’s soul, upsetting the Gibborim even more.

In response, the giants flash-fried Alex, but, as they turned to do the same to the Pride, the kids jumped into the Leap Frog and exited the Marine Vivarium just as the place exploded. Though initially separated, the Runaways reunited at the James Dean Memorial at the Griffith Observatory, deciding to steal the Leap Frog and go out on their own once again.

LOST & FOUND

Alex’s revelation that he’d been the Pride’s mole sent shockwaves through both his teammates and readers alike when the issue hit shelves in 2004. He appeared to be the heart of the group, not to mention a brilliant strategist and leader. So what happened? As he explained in RUNAWAYS #17, he actually discovered his parents’ secret murder ritual a full year before he “accidentally” exposed the other kids to it in their debut.

Alex conveyed that he gave them the benefit of the doubt, but still utilized his incredible mind to read the Abstract in his dad’s secret office. During this journey, he considered his parents heroes for going to such lengths to save their kids. After several members had children, the Pride agreed that they would each scion only one and would give them their spots in the Gibborim’s paradise. When Alex overheard Molly’s and Karolina’s parents talking about killing the others so that they could go with their children, he started planning to involve the other kids, allowing him access to better weapons and abilities. In doing so, he assumed that the traitors would come to light and he could save his parents’ lives without endangering them. In the end, his plan didn’t work as he had hoped.

Next, Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona return for the second volume of RUNAWAYS with “True Believers”!

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