Meet Gert, Karolina, Molly, Alex, Chase and Nico as they change from bored party-goers to Runaways!

Take off with the Runaways from the beginning as we ramp up for Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s new series launching in September!

At one time or another, everyone becomes fully convinced their parents must be evil. Some might just be overly concerned with their children, while others sacrifice teenagers to inter-dimensional giants for world domination and a ticket to a better world.

That’s a very basic explanation for the story Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona established in the pages of RUNAWAYS #1-6 which launched as part of the Tsunami imprint back in 2003. As the first issue moved along, we met the cast of young characters: Alex, Gert, Chase, Karolina, Nico and Molly. They found themselves dragged to a party by their folks and eventually stumbled upon a sacrifice chamber run by their folks!

Understandably freaked out by the whole situation, they played it cool when their parents checked up on them, but soon met up and decided to go on the run together (sans Molly, the youngest). First they needed the proof of their parents’ evil deed, so they headed to Gert’s house where a genetically engineered future-dinosaur — soon to be known as Old Lace — surprised them.

While there they also swiped a book called the Abstract which held The Pride’s secrets. The surprises kept coming as they traveled to Karolina’s place where they discovered she had powers — thanks to her being an alien, unbeknownst to her — and took part in their first of many parental throw downs.

Though we wouldn’t find out more about The Pride until the next arc, we did discover that this group of time-travelers, aliens, mutants, magic-wielders, super-scientists and criminal master minds had their claws in just about everyone and used their unique skills to control much of the crime on the west coast.

In the process of uncovering their folks’ true lives, the kids also learned about themselves and proved to readers that we all go through the same problems when we’re teens, whether we have a blood-revealing magic staff or not.

This first arc set the stage for one of the most beloved comic runs this century and also set up plenty of intrigue and mysteries to be paid off in the ensuing volumes, including the identity of the mole feeding information to the parents!

LOST & FOUND

Here’s a brief rundown of the Runways and their abilities/talents/tech. Alex is something of a tactical genius and the kind of born leader people easily listen to. Molly’s mutant genes give her super strength and a level of invulnerability that often leaves her very sleepy. Chase can figure out technology on some level and utilize stolen devices from his parents like the Fistigons. Nico can summon The Staff Of One which allows her to use a spell only once. Karolina’s alien physiology grants her flight and the power to redistribute solar energy. Finally, Gert shares a mental connection with Old Lace and also exhibits a great intelligence and inquisitive nature that wants to find out answers for herself instead of taking everything at face value. Together, they’re not exactly the Avengers, but they’ll do what they can to help stop their parents. All except for the one who will ultimately betray them, that is!

While trying to establish themselves as heroes, the kids run into trouble with a false friend and two heroes who fail to help out in RUNAWAYS #7-12.

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Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka reunite the teen super heroes this fall!

For most kids, finding out your folks belong to a world-dominating cabal of super villains would be about the craziest thing in the world—but they’re not the Runaways! Back in 2003, Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona introduced us to a book called RUNAWAYS and a cast of characters that we instantly fell in love with. The adventures of Nico, Karolina, Chase, Molly, Alex, and Gertrude grabbed a faithful fan following that led to a number of volumes as well as appearances in other books like AVENGERS ARENA and A-FORCE.

In September, the newly announced RUNAWAYS creative team of novelist Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka will have plenty of plans for the kids as they continue to grow up in a world jam-packed with threats large and small constantly threatening existence. The gang will get back together again starting with Chase and Nico who haven’t exactly been on the best of terms lately. We talked with Rowell and Anka about the importance of this book, where they plan to take it, and how they’re working together to get there.

Marvel.com: Was RUNAWAYS a book you got into when it was coming out? What does it mean to you as a comic reader and a creator?

Rainbow Rowell: Yeah, I read it in real time when it was coming out, and stuck with it ‘til the end.

I think I started reading RUNAWAYS because I’ve always liked teen teams. I was really into NEW MUTANTS and GENERATION X, too. But then it became my favorite comic—and introduced me to Brian K. Vaughan, who is one of my favorite writers, in any genre.

RUNAWAYS felt like nothing else I was reading at the time. It was completely character-driven. It had teenagers that acted like real teenagers. And they were so funny and heartbreaking. And they made so many mistakes.

Also, thanks to Adrian Alphona, the book didn’t look anything else I was reading.

I just loved everything about it. I remember trying to talk my friends into reading it. Even people who didn’t read comics.

Now that I’ve written books of my own and created my own teen characters, I realize how hard it is to write an ensemble where every character feels distinct and engaging.

Kris Anka: That first issue of RUNAWAYS came out just as I was about to be a freshman in high school. I was born and raised in L.A. There had never been a book that so distinctly lined up with me and my friends. I remember passing around the first few issues with all my friends. It didn’t quite hit me until I was reading the script for the new series that I fundamentally have been preparing for 28 years of my life to draw this book.

It’s not an understatement that I understand this book and these kids through and through. As I was rereading the previous runs and preparing for the new book and getting into the [heads] of the characters it really struck me that I know these kids. Each of the characters reflected someone I grew up with. I mean I literally went to high school with a blonde girl who was the daughter of a well-known actor! I knew a Karolina, I knew a Gert, I knew a Nico. You could almost say there are no other characters in the Marvel Universe that I understand better then these characters.

Marvel.com: The Runaways have gone through a variety of trials and tribulations since their last series ended. How does this new volume find them when it picks up?

Rainbow Rowell: So many trials and tribulations! The series picks up with them really down on their luck. I mean, half of them are dead. They’ve been squashed and scattered, and the ones who are left don’t even think of themselves as Runaways, necessarily. They never chose each other, you know? They were just kids who got thrown together in a crisis.

This whole first arc is about trying to getting the band back together—when you can’t even agree there was ever a band.

Marvel.com: It sounds like the book kicks off with Chase and Nico reuniting. How does she react to letting him back in her orbit?

Rainbow Rowell: She’s so fed up with him. Nico and Chase have spent the most time together since RUNAWAYS ended. They’ve—maybe literally?—gone to hell and back together. And he was a thorn in her side the whole time, constantly on her nerves.

So, Chase shows up in Nico’s living room, trying to get her to help him with this spectacular mess he’s made. And she doesn’t want to! She doesn’t want to get dragged back into his dysfunction.

Marvel.com: Kris, Would you say it’s more difficult working on a super hero comic like this where the characters have very distinct looks and styles, but don’t have regular costumes?

Kris Anka: Absolutely. On most other books I’d have the costume to fall back on that they’d probably be wearing most of the time. On a book like this it’s entirely reliant on a robust and character fitting wardrobe that I have to build for all of them.

Marvel.com: These characters have grown and evolved so much over the years, what still makes them “Runaways?”

Rainbow Rowell: These four people—Chase, Nico, Karolina, Molly—have been through something so tragic and so traumatic and so specific. They betrayed their parents, they saved the world, they made themselves orphans. There’s so much unspoken between them that no one else will ever understand. I think they’ll always feel like home to each other. They’ll always be Runaways.

Marvel.com: Given their ages, the Runaways are always evolving. When coming up with their current looks, how was it balancing what we’ve already seen of them while also evolving them forward? 

Kris Anka: The first big challenge of this book was boiling down their essences and finding what their styles have developed in to in modern L.A. The trouble with teen looks, especially in L.A., is that they don’t last very long. A lot of the styles from the early 00s just aren’t around nowadays and I didn’t want 18-20-year-olds to look dated.

Karolina who started as the daughter of actors sort-of-flower child Socal blonde would definitely be a Yoga-doing-Coachella kid nowadays. Nico’s Goth look has become the witch and crystals look. I spent weeks building Pinterests for each of the characters so I could have a multitude of outfits for them. What we see on the cover just happens to be the first look I [came] up with, but it is in no means the only look for them.

Marvel.com: Kris mentioned looking back at earlier runs; Rainbow, how much did you look back at the previous series or other teen comics to get a feel for these characters?

Rainbow Rowell: A lot. I’m a continuity junky. So there was never any question for me about whether to go back. I reread everything. The whole run. And then I read every appearance the characters have made since. Then I went back to the Vaughan/Alphona stuff again.

I didn’t really need to get a feel for the Runaways or teen comics; I already had that. But the exciting part of the project for me was moving these characters forward in a way that felt true to who they really are and what they’ve been through so far. Really bringing them back to life.

I wanted to write them in a way that would feel true to old Runaways fans—like me—and that would endear them to new readers. I hope that new readers fall for these characters the way I did 14 years ago.

Marvel.com: From a writing perspective, how has it been shifting from prose to comic scripting?

Rainbow Rowell: I’ve spent the last two years working on screenplays and the graphic novel I’m doing with Faith Erin Hicks, so I was all warmed up for RUNAWAYS.

But I’m still getting used to the pacing of a 20-page book—and how fast it goes. I think my original pitch for this six-issue arc would actually cover five years of monthly comics. Kris and Nick Lowe, our editor, have been really patient and generous with me.

Marvel.com: Kris, Rainbow comes from the world of prose writing. Do you think that gives her a different approach to comics?

Kris Anka: Definitely. In sort of a selfish way Rainbow’s new-ness to comics really helped me sort of specify early on and help us develop our work flow better so that we worked more fluidly with each other. There would be normal things you’d put in to a script that for this book I wasn’t looking for this time that helped lessen the learning curve for her and gave me more freedom.

When I got the first [drafts] of the scripts Rainbow had broken most pages down into beats, but it read so clearly to me and was so captivating I had no trouble in figuring out the panels and pacing that I asked her not to bother putting the panels in because it was already so clear. Plus given Rainbow’s skill in capturing characters I just couldn’t put down the scripts and I kept wanting to read more and more, which definitely helps get me excited to draw the book.

Marvel.com: Along similar lines, how has it been working with Kris on this series so far?

Rainbow Rowell: It has been, without exaggeration, a pure delight. Kris is a bountifully talented artist. And he brings everything I was specifically hoping for to the book. Adrian Alphona set the bar high for these characters. He drew them with distinct body types and each with their own sense of style. Kris gets that. I remember looking at Kris’s first drawings of Chase and thinking, “This looks exactly like Chase, but also brand new, and also somehow better than ever.”

Kris was already a RUNAWAYS fan. So we were both starting at the same place, and I think we immediately trusted each other with the evolution of these characters.

To see that next step in their evolution, check out RUNAWAYS #1 by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka in September!

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When Earth's Mightiest go missing, it's up to the unlikeliest heroes to step up!

With Earth’s Mightiest Heroes MIA, can a group of Runaways save the day?

In the latest Spec Op from “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” the Avengers have disappeared, leaving S.H.I.E.L.D. to call on Nico, Molly, Karolina, Chase, and Victor as their first line of defense against the menaces imperiling the planet. It’s a very different kind of mission, and we got Associate Producer Tony Sherrill to give us more details…

Marvel.com: We’ve talked about this Runaways Spec Op a few times in the past, so what pieces needed to come together to finally make it happen?

Tony Sherrill: It was about waiting for the right roster of characters. With Karolina Dean having recently joined “Avengers Alliance,” it seemed a perfect time to introduce Chase Stein, Old Lace, and Victor Mancha.

Victor Mancha in 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance'

Victor Mancha in ‘Marvel: Avengers Alliance’

Marvel.com: With Nico, Molly, and Karolina already in the game, Chase is the Reward Hero here. What kind of character is he and what unique elements does he add to the Alliance?

Tony Sherrill: Chase Stein comes with Old Lace, whom he shares a psychic and empathic link with. Together they provide a unique combination of offensive and defensive strategies. There’s one attack where they charge in together, Chase launches himself into the air off Old Lace’s back, Old Lace swipes at the enemies, as Chase uses his Fistigons to rain down a barrage of rockets from above.

Marvel.com: Victor Mancha also plays a role in this Spec Op—how can he be gained or is that down the line?

Tony Sherrill: Victor Mancha will actually be the reward hero for the next PVP Tournament. We thought it would be fun to see him in action with other Runaways, before making him a top tier PVP reward.

Chase Stein with Old Lace in 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance'

Chase Stein with Old Lace in ‘Marvel: Avengers Alliance’

Marvel.com: In a unique twist, in this Spec Op you can only play as the Runaways—and Hawkeye—with all the other characters off the board; what prompted this choice?

Tony Sherrill: The story directly involves the Runaways and it felt strange punching bad guys in the face as Hulk, when you could be punching them in the face as Molly Hayes. One other reason is that the Avengers are going to be very busy in an upcoming Spec Op, and we wanted to give them a little break.

Marvel.com: From a story standpoint, what’s the plot of this Spec Op and why are the Avengers out of the picture?

Tony Sherrill: Well, Nick Fury and the core Avengers have “gone missing,” leaving behind Maria, Coulson, and Hawkeye to run the show. All that was left behind was a cryptic, runaway-style note, which Coulson believes is a coded message [from] Nick Fury, asking Coulson to use the Runaways to work their way into the criminal underworld, searching for clues that might help find the Avengers.

Flag Smasher in 'Marvel: Avengers Alliance'

Flag Smasher in ‘Marvel: Avengers Alliance’

Marvel.com: Who are the villains for the Spec Op? What role does the Kingpin play?

Tony Sherrill: The new villain is Flag Smasher, leader of the Underground Liberated Totally Integrated Mobile Army to Unite Mankind—U.L.T.I.M.A.T.U.M.—an enemy to nationalism. Kingpin is in his usual form, taking full advantage of an irresistible opportunity.

Marvel.com: What else is new in this Spec Op?

Tony Sherrill: This is the first Spec Op that contains a Heroic Battle for each mission. My favorite one being Molly Hayes standing up to Punisher, because in her words he’s “being a jerk.”

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See which new heroes from the Marvel Universe stood out for us the most over the past 15 years!

We wrap our year-long celebration of Marvel’s 75th anniversary with the past 15 years, as we journeyed from Marvel Knights to Marvel NOW! While classic heroes continued to be redefined, the House of Ideas kept churning out new ones, as evidenced by the 10 heroic debuts we have selected as our most memorable.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut from 2000 forward. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #1

Ultimate Spider-Man (2000) #1

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10. ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (Peter Parker)
First Appearance: ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (2000) #1
Why He’s #10: “Even the most evergreen of concepts go use a fresh coat of paint now and again to remind us why we feel in love with them in the first place. In the year 2000, fittingly, ‘With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility’ got the treatment as ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN hit shelves and fans meet a different but still familiar Peter Parker. He came into the 21st century every bit as hard luck and driven by a potent combination of guilt and dedication as when he sprang onto the pages of AMAZING FANTASY in 1962. Parker remained everything that made him unique and worthy of being one of the most popular comic book characters in history but now he seemed utterly of the moment. Not such an easy feat for a then-38-year old character, but wouldn’t you know, he made us all believe he was a teen again.” – Tim Stevens
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ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN (2000) #13

Ultimates (2002) #1

Ultimates (2002) #1

  • Published: March 06, 2002
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: Marvel Psr
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9. THE ULTIMATES
First Appearance: THE ULTIMATES (2002) #1
Why They’re #9: “By 2002, the Ultimate Universe had given us modern takes on Spider-Man and the X-Men, but fans waited to see what would be done with Marvel’s heaviest hitters, the Avengers; enter the Ultimates. With a more aggressive Captain America, an Iron Man who embraced his roles as hero and playboy, and a truly unique angle on Thor, the Ultimates dragged Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into the 21st century in an intense way. Widescreen action and huge stakes followed with the Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye and more joining the fray. The Ultimates have evolved over the past decade-plus, but their adventures have provided a template for some of the most enduring visions of these tenured icons.” – Ben Morse
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THE ULTIMATES (2002) #5

Young Avengers (2005) #1

Young Avengers (2005) #1

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8. THE YOUNG AVENGERS
First Appearance: YOUNG AVENGERS (2005) #1
Why They’re #8: “When the Vision’s secret program to maintain a team of Avengers activated in the wake of the disassembling of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, it brought together a group of very special young heroes. Iron Lad, Patriot, Hulking, Wiccan, and Hawkeye proved themselves against one of the Avengers’ greatest foes, Kang the Conqueror, in their initial adventure, but Captain America and Iron Man brought the hammer down and refused to train the Young Avengers without their parents’ consent. Equally talented and willful, the kids forged ahead and continued their exciting new lives as super heroes, weathering the loss of Iron Lad, the kidnapping of Hulking by the Super-Skrull, the challenge of Wiccan’s twin brother Speed, and the advent of the Civil War to form an officially sanctioned unit of Avengers.” – Jim Beard
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YOUNG AVENGERS SPECIAL (2005) #1

Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

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7. MS. MARVEL
First Appearance: MS. MARVEL (2014) #1
Why She’s #7: “Kamala Khan, the latest in a long line of Ms. Marvels, exploded on to the pages of Marvel Comics just over a year ago. Vibrant and complex, she arrived as a three-dimensional person. Like so many Marvel heroes before her, her powers came as both a joy and an utterly terrifying complicating factor. Even better, where Khan goes, so too does her family and friends. As strong a supporting ensemble as you can find in a brand-new series—and most established ones, come right down to it—they beautifully play off and interact with Ms. Marvel, allowing her an even greater stage for fans to see who she was, is, and very well might become. If we did this list in a few more years, I would be stunned not to see Kamala sitting comfortably on top.” – Tim Stevens
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MS. MARVEL (2014) #2

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6. JESSICA JONES
First Appearance: ALIAS (2001) #1
Why She’s #6: “Unlike any other character bursting onto the Marvel landscape in the 2000’s, Jessica Jones possesses ties to the Marvel universe dating back to when she attended Midtown High School with classmate Peter Parker. But the path to her current role as a hero took several turns, including: two comas; gaining superpowers; at least one failed bid as a costumed hero; a period as a hostage/pawn of Purple Man; working as a private investigator; becoming a journalist; and serving a mentor to the Young Avengers. All these experiences plus much more combined to make Jones one of the strongest—mentally and physically—people to join the ranks of the Avengers. Her union with Luke Cage and role as a parent to Danielle Cage help round out the approach she takes in fighting those who would dare threaten the hard-won life she leads.” – Tim O’Shea
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THE PULSE (2004) #14

Maria Hill by Steve McNiven

Maria Hill by Steve McNiven

5. MARIA HILL
First Appearance: NEW AVENGERS (2004) #4
Why She’s #5: “Part of what makes Maria Hill such a great and natural leader as well as one of the more fascinating Marvel characters begins and ends with the realization she has no superpowers. She has stood up against beings of far superior physical strength only to gain their—albeit sometimes begrudging—respect. Her mental toughness, intellect and ability to make hard choices in impossible situations serves her well as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Anytime that major events escalate to the degree panic seems to be the only reasonable response, the cool-headed Hill consistently finds a solution to save the day or at least minimize damage.” – Tim O’Shea
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SIEGE (2009) #3

Runaways (2003) #12

Runaways (2003) #12

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4. THE RUNAWAYS
First Appearance: RUNAWAYS (2003) #1
Why They’re #4: “The Runaways, in the grand tradition of super heroes, army battalions, and John Hughes, came together with almost nothing in common but a shared enemy. This time that enemy just happened to be their parents—real, honest to goodness super villain parents. As if that idea did not demand attention all on its own, the characters also happened to be utterly believable and dynamic. A reader could not help but connect with them, and see themselves in one or more members of this scared, scrambling motley crew; in that way, their victories and heartbreaks became our own. If you picked up the book, you could not help but feel like you had joined the Runaways, too; they just felt that real. And because of that, you could not wait to run with them again next issue.” – Tim Stevens
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RUNAWAYS (2005) #1

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #1

Guardians of the Galaxy (2013) #1

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3. THE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
First Appearance: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2008) #1
Why They’re #3: “A thief, two thugs, an assassin, and a maniac—who could have predicted with a line-up like this that the Guardians of the Galaxy would become among the greatest heroes of the new millennium? When Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot—along with gone but not forgotten members like Adam Warlock and Quasar—banded together under a familiar name following the events of Annihilation, their quirky camaraderie gave way to a formidable group of cosmic warriors. In recent years, these unlikely champions have defied the odds by becoming not only A-list Marvel stars, but known worldwide beyond the comic book page.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #1

Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier (2014) #1

Bucky Barnes: Winter Soldier (2014) #1

  • Published: October 01, 2014
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 06, 2015
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Ales Kot
  • Cover Artist: Marco Rudy
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2. THE WINTER SOLDIER
First Appearance: CAPTAIN AMERICA (2005) #1
Why He’s #2: “Since the young age of 16, James “Bucky” Barnes has taken on missions that other heroes cannot or will not tackle. Unfortunately when assumed dead after the explosion in the waning days of World War II, the amnesiac-affected and maimed hero underwent reprogramming by the Russian government into The Winter Soldier. After decades alternating between extended cryogenically suspended periods and Russian-directed covert missions, Barnes finally broke free of his mental shackles and embarked on his quest for redemption. The former sidekick of Captain America, while hardened by his past, pursues a future as a hero fully in control of his own destiny and intent on protecting the Marvel Universe from threats unknown by most.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Comics Spotlight:
WINTER SOLDIER (2012) #1

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011) #1

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (2011) #1

  • Published: September 14, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 02, 2012
  • Rating: T+
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1. SPIDER-MAN (Miles Morales)
First Appearance: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4
Why He’s #1: “The idea of killing Peter Parker, the guy we all know as Spider-Man, and putting someone new in the costume—not for a stunt or an issue or an arc but committing to it—seemed, well, ill-advised. Some might even label it foolhardy. But then readers met Miles Morales, the all-new Ultimate Spider-Man and suddenly the idea just did not seem so bad anymore.

“Smart but still clearly learning, scared but full of courage, wanting to be the ideal son, but driven to keep secret, Miles instantly connected with the audience. He followed in Peter’s footsteps but never felt like a mere imitation. He recognized his predecessor but never came across but anything but his own man. Well, kid, really. Through him, we as fans got to experience the terror and joy of discovering super powers all over again. The triumph and tragedy of donning a costume and standing up for what’s right.

“Miles Morales took on the heaviest of mantles and made us delighted to follow him every step of the way.”
Digital Comics Spotlight:
ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN (2011) #1

Come back tomorrow to see two more entries on the list, share your thoughts on Twitter with the hash tag #Marvel75 and keep up on Marvel’s 75th anniversary celebration at marvel.com/75

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Producer Justin Woods introduces two distinct new characters to the world of Avengers Alliance!

While Spec Ops and PvP seasons continue to rage, that’s not all that’s new in the world of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance”! We spoke with the game’s Producer, Justin Woods, about two new additions to the Alliance roster.

Marvel.com: Justin! A couple new heroes have recently become available in “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” but not via the traditional means of a Spec Op or PvP season—what do you got?

Justin Woods: We’re introducing a new system of daily tasks that allow players to get a reward each day that they log back into the game, but the task is different every day, so you have to log back in every day. If people remember last year, we did something similar with Doctor Doom, however we just used our existing covert task system to utilize that content, and now we have a new feature built into the game that you’ll see in your mission screen, that is an entirely new screen for daily tasks that you can accomplish to get daily rewards. We plan to utilize this for a lot of different things in the future, and have it not just be seasonal. But the first thing that we’re going to do with it is to introduce Hybrid as a lock box character. It’ll give you Hybrid lock boxes for each daily task that you complete.

Hybrid in Avengers Alliance

Hybrid in Avengers Alliance

There’s a lot of great content coming this month and people should keep an eye out for what we’re going to do after the holidays as well. We’re still going strong. We have lots of ideas and lots of characters that we want to introduce, so stay tuned.

Marvel.com: Also, Molly Hayes is now available directly in the store. Don’t need to do any tasks; you can just buy her, yes?

Justin Woods: That’s correct, yeah. People loved Nico Minoru when we put her in the game, and a lot of people have been asking for more Runaways, and hey! We’ve got more Runaways. There are plenty more Runaways to add to the game and we figured who better than Molly Hayes, who’s one of the most lovable characters, not only in the Runaways, but that Marvel has ever created! If you don’t like Molly Hayes, then you’re just a bad person. There’s something wrong with you.

Marvel.com: Would it be safe to assume she might be the shortest hero so far?

Molly Hayes in Avengers Alliance

Molly Hayes in Avengers Alliance

Justin Woods: She and [SPOILER] are probably pretty close, although I don’t know if we should say that, because [SPOILER] may or may not be out before Molly Hayes! I don’t know how that shakes out. But yeah, she’s definitely one of the shortest characters.

Marvel.com: Safe to assume she’s a bruiser?

Justin Woods: She’s a bruiser and she punches lots of things very strongly. There’s a nice nod to a story where she punched The Punisher and where she throws [a battle van].

We started doing the Runaways [with Nico] because they were really relevant to AVENGERS ARENA when that was going, and there were like five of us that were reading that every single month and loving that book. And that’s when Arcade made it into the game and Nico Minoru made it into the game, because that was definitely a nod to the Avengers Arena story line. And at that point we were like, “Well, we’ve already done Nico. She kind of feels like she’s alone in this world at this point. We really need to bring the rest of her friends into the game.” So [Molly is here] coming and I think we’re doing two or three others. We’re going to have four or five Runaways. But it was really largely driven by the fact that we really loved the AVENGERS ARENA book when it was running.

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

Avengers Arena (2012) #1

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Celebrate the powerful of youthful rebellion with the Runaways, the Young Avengers, and more!

It has often been said that in order to make one’s way in the world, you must first reject the ways of your parents. Never did this seem as true when it came to the young heroes of the Marvel Universe than during the 2000’s.

Take, for instance, the Runaways.

Runaways (2005) #1

Runaways (2005) #1

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During an annual gathering of seemingly disparate families, the teens of each witnessed the true purpose of these yearly meetings. Through an air duct, they saw their parents sacrifice a young girl, roughly their age in fact, to ancient gods in exchange for protection and power. Shocked and horrified, the Runaways lived up to their names, taking the skills and powers their folks had taught them over the course of their lifetimes and turned them on their mothers and fathers. They performed the act of ultimate rebellion, not just refusing their legacy but actively working to undo their parents’ years of dark deeds.

Sentinel (2003) #1

Sentinel (2003) #1

  • Published: June 01, 2003
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: MARVEL PSR
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Juston Seyfert, around the same time, engaged in an arguably less aggressive, but certainly just as transgressive, act of rebellion when he “adopted” a decommissioned Sentinel as his best friend. The classic purple and pink towering robot had been, for years, a symbol of anti-mutant paranoia graduating into outright violence. But Seyfert did not recognize it as such. Therefore rather than repeat the sins and assumptions of the previous generations, Juston cast the formerly monstrous metal man as a hero and friend, and the Sentinel became just that. Although now and then a little of the old programming might kick in to cause a bit of stress, more often than not Seyfert’s refusal to cast the robot in the role of mutant hunter led to its existence as a good hearted machine.

Generation Hope (2010) #1

Generation Hope (2010) #1

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Speaking of mutants, Hope Summers similarly rejected the destiny that had been assigned to her. As the Phoenix Force drew ever closer to Earth she did not embrace her role as supposed mutant savior but instead, worried about the damage the Force could do to herself or others, rejected the counsel of Cyclops and others and turned to the Avengers to derail her becoming the next host for the cosmic entity.

Young Avengers (2005) #1

Young Avengers (2005) #1

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Even the most starry-eyed of teen heroes who actively idolized their predecessors nonetheless rebelled. The Young Avengers came into the super hero community as self-described “fanboys and girls,” only looking to honor those heroes who they emulated. However, a Captain America and Iron Man still feeling the tragic effects of “Avengers: Disassembled” tried to force them into life as civilians. Unwilling to not be heroes, even when their idols ordered them, the Young Avengers stuck together and kept up the good fight, an act of homage as rebellion.

Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

Ms. Marvel (2014) #1

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And so it has been across the Marvel Universe throughout the 2000’s: Young heroes refusing to accept the words of their parents, mentors, and predecessors as sacrosanct; blazing their own trails in accordance with their own values. Whether it be Ms. Marvel seeking a balance between her family traditions and faith and the freedom being a super hero affords her, or X-23 rejecting the violent destiny she had been trained for, the young heroes of the 2000’s changed the world whether their elders wanted them to or not.

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TWiM provides the latest news, plus Empire of the Dead, Wolverine & The X-Men, the Unlimited Reading Club and more!

It’s episode #117 of This Week in Marvel! Join Ryan, Ben and Marc as they look at the latest print and digital releases including CABLE & X-FORCE #19, CAPTAIN AMERICA #15, EMPIRE OF THE DEAD #1, FF #16, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #40 and more, plus new additions to the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Unlimited! Also, it’s the return of the This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club, as the guys talk RUNAWAYS!

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Download Episode 117 of This Week in Marvel

Download Episode 117 of This Week in Marvel

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Associate Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris.

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

Want more info on what’s in this episode? Here you go:
Print comic books and collections on sale this week
Check out the latest additions to Marvel Unlimited 
See what’s new on the Marvel Comics app

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