Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos launch an all-new volume of RUNAWAYS!

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

For a group of kids who haven’t been around for all that long, the Runaways boast an impressive line-up of legendary talent chronicling their adventures. That roster grew in 2008 when a new RUNAWAYS volume launched from writer Terry Moore and artist Humberto Ramos.

In those first six issues, the group – Chase, Molly, Nico, Karolina, Xavin, Victor, Klara and Old Lace –  returned to L.A. in Leapfrog, taking up residence in Chase’s parents’ Malibu house. They didn’t have much time to relax and enjoy the view, though, as a crew from Majesdane blew off one of the walls in their quest for vengeance. 

Runaways (2008) #1

Runaways (2008) #1

  • Published: August 27, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 10, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Terry Moore
  • Penciller: Humberto Ramos
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See, back when Karolina and Xavin returned to Earth, they mentioned that a conflict stemming from their impending nuptials lead to Skrulls firing anti-matter missiles at Majesdane which killed 8 billion inhabitants. This group of Majesdanians considered Karolina’s dad primarily responsible because he provided the Skrulls with Majesdane’s location. 

Runaways (2008) #2

Runaways (2008) #2

  • Published: September 24, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 18, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Terry Moore
  • Penciller: Humberto Ramos
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To get rid of most of the invaders, Nico used a “scatter” spell that not only dropped the aliens in various locales around the globe, but also mentally did the same to everyone on the team aside from herself and Victor. While they argued with each other about what to do to fend off the returning Majesdanians, and then about the spell itself, their adversaries did, in fact return, pretty ticked off and ready to attack. 

Runaways (2008) #3

Runaways (2008) #3

  • Published: October 22, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 03, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Terry Moore
  • Penciller: Humberto Ramos
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An epic battle ensued between the Majesdanians in their ship, most of the Runaways in Leapfrog, and Chase in a newly discovered VW bus-turned flying battle wagon! Eventually a foolishly close news chopper caused hostilities to cease so they could save the occupants. 

Runaways (2008) #4

Runaways (2008) #4

  • Published: November 26, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 19, 2009
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Terry Moore
  • Penciller: Humberto Ramos
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Down on a nearby pier, the two sides decided to call a truce and Karolina even announced that she would go back with her people to answer for her father’s crimes. Immediately after the ship took off, however, Nico revealed to the others that Karolina would be found nearby! 

Runaways (2008) #5

Runaways (2008) #5

  • Published: December 24, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 10, 2011
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Terry Moore
  • Penciller: Humberto Ramos
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Instead of allowing her love to go off into the stars with the Majesdanians, Xavin took Karolina’s place and planned to eventually reveal her true identity in hopes that she could help create peace between the two ravaged societies. 

Runaways (2008) #6

Runaways (2008) #6

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LOST & FOUND

With everything already mentioned in this story, it might seem like the gang would have had time for anything else, but we skipped over a major part that will come into play in the next installment. After getting into the Malibu house the gang realized Chase needed to get a job because he’s the only 18 year old. He took it upon himself to visit his favorite shock jock at the radio station, that also happened to be located in the same building as a mall. Val Rhymin hired Chase, but more importantly exhibited an ability that allowed him to control people. At the end of the battle with the Majesdanians, he told his listeners to pick up weapons and fight the heroes causing all the ruckus, in other words, the Runaways. He also spoke with someone called Mother about zombies, which will see fruition in the next volume, titled Rock Zombies!

Terry Moore returns to RUNAWAYS with the aforementioned Rock Zombies accompanied by artist Takeshi Miyazawa.

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Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan send the Runaways back to NYC...and back in time!

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

When series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona announced they planned to leave RUNAWAYS with #24, fans clamored to find out who could possibly replace them. The answer soon came forth, surprising many: Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan.

Readers will remember that BKV and Alphona left the kids in a precarious position as they left, facing off against Iron Man and armored S.H.I.E.L.D. agents in the Hostel. As Whedon picked the story up, the kids sat in a fancy New York City restaurant waiting to meet with The Kingpin! 

Runaways (2005) #25

Runaways (2005) #25

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Playing off of Wilson Fisk’s respect for their parents, the kids agreed to do a favor for the Kingpin of Crime in exchange for room and board that would allow them to stay below the radar in a post-Civil War Big Apple.

That favor involved breaking into a secure location to steal a device that Chase’s parents actually built. In the process, they attracted the attention of the Punisher who didn’t take kindly to the Kingpin using children for crime. 

Runaways (2005) #26

Runaways (2005) #26

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Eventually, the kids decided to take the device and run, but Fisk figured on this move and revealed that he’d been hired to make all of this happen by an old woman and her giant, winged assistant Tristan. In making their escape, the Runaways hooked the object to Leapfrog and wound up back in 1907!

While there, they met a number of other young people with powers – dubbed Wonders back then – including a young girl named Klara with power over plants. And that’s not even mentioning the likes of The Sinners, the Mineola, the Merchant’s Trust and the Upward Path all of whom the Runaways get tangled up with in their search for a way home. 

Runaways (2005) #27

Runaways (2005) #27

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None of them actually hold a candle to the nova of surprise that came when Chase and Xavin met Gert’s time-traveling parents, the Yorkes, also working in the same era! 

Runaways (2005) #29

Runaways (2005) #29

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All of these elements bubble to a full-on boil as they explode into a street war. Thanks to some time-travel shenanigans on Chase’s part and Nico getting a power upgrade thanks to her great grandmother, the kids made their way back home with Klara in tow, but not Victor’s new flame Lillie because she had to stick around in order to hire Kingpin to get them to steal the device in the first place! 

Runaways (2005) #30

Runaways (2005) #30

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LOST & FOUND

Before returning to Los Angeles, the kids stuck around New York City to give Klara a chance to say goodbye to her home as seen in SECRET INVASION: RUNAWAYS/YOUNG AVENGERS #1-3. That leads to another meeting between the Runaways and their Young Avengers counterparts as the Skrulls lead into their full-on invasion thanks to both teams playing home to Skrulls in Xavin and Hulkling. That leads to more than one conflict with various green-skinned aliens, but ultimately a win for both squads at the end.

Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos launch a brand new volume of RUNAWAYS next week!

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Everyone deals with the loss of a teammate differently in Brian K. Vaughan's last RUNAWAYS arc.

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

Betrayal and death seem to have followed the RUNAWAYS stars since their inception. First their parents turned out to be wannabe world-conquerers, then their best friend and leader sided with them and, in the last arc, they lost their heart and soul, Gert, to a battle with a time-displaced Geoffrey Wilder.

In RUNAWAYS #19-24, Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Mike Norton showed how the kids all dealt with this ranging from Nico and Victor starting some kind of relationship to Chase angrily trying to find a way to bring her back. As if all that didn’t offer enough of a challenge, they also found themselves dealing with a giant monster crashing its way through downtown L.A. 

Runaways (2005) #19

Runaways (2005) #19

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As his teammates fought the big red beast, Chase tracked down New Pride member Lotus and demanded she tell him how Wilder gained access to the Gibborim. The young man soon found himself standing before the six-toed behemoths and struck a deal. If he brought them an innocent soul, they’d bring Gert back. However, he only had a short amount of time to do so before the Gibborim retreated to another dimension.

Convinced that he could offer himself as an innocent sacrifice, Chase returned to the Hostel to clear a few things up. First he talked with Nico – after tying her up and taking her magic staff – then he gave her ways of taking out Victor if he turned evil.

With that he left to make his sacrifice, but his friends weren’t far behind. Ultimately, their efforts to back their friend proved less effective than Chase’s plan and the Gibborim’s ticking clock. See, upon offering himself as the innocent soul to be devoured by the big baddies, he would immediately stop being innocent.

Of course, that didn’t sit well with Chase, but he also wouldn’t stand for the Gibborim taking Nico as their sacrifice. Ultimately the young friends proved strong enough to not only save their leader, but also spend enough time doing so, so that the monsters had no choice but to return to their own dimension.

Vaughan and Alphona bid readers a fond adieu with a pair of surprise endings. First, Alex Wilder floated in a white space where the Gibborim wound up. He had communicated with Molly throughout the story, but that wasn’t enough to get him out of that particular version of Hell. Meanwhile, back in reality, the remaining Runaways returned to the Hostel where they found a surprise: Iron Man waiting to register them! 

Runaways (2005) #24

Runaways (2005) #24

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LOST & FOUND

Very little is known about the Gibborim and even less can be confirmed. When the original Pride came together, the mystical giants offered them paradise in exchange for a pure human soul to feed on every year. Once the Pride’s children interfered with the rite, things started going downhill, leading to the Gibborim blowing up in their underwater stronghold. As we now know, though, they shifted into another dimension, where Geoffrey Wilder and later Chase met with them. Having run out of time at the end of this arc, they disappeared, winding up in the same white dimension as Alex Wilder.

While this isn’t confirmed, it’s possible to look at the Gibborim as the Runaways’ opposites. They reference a father figure a few times, which might mean that, unlike our title heroes, they decided to stick with the family business and look where it got them. With Alex’s last line of “Hell is for children” it could also be theorized that the Gibborim were children themselves, relatively speaking, which means they may have had more in common with the Runaways than anyone expected.

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As two familiar faces return, the kids deal with a tragedy.

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

After teasing a new version of the Pride since the True Believers arc, Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona finally revealed their true identities in RUNAWAYS #1318 and our young heroes would never be the same again.

Thinking back, remember that Excelsior member Chamber turned out to be someone completely different using some sort of medallion to hide is real identity. At the end of that story, he returned to a group and said, “Long Live The Pride.” At the end of the following arc, we saw the group again as they used magic, referenced The Steins and seemed to have their own copy of The Abstract.

The truth behind this group finally came about in this arc wherein we discovered that Alex Wilder’s online video game pals decided to not only meet up in person, but also attempt to bring him back from the dead, thinking of both him and the Pride as heroes trying to keep LA safe against their evil offspring. Their attempt at snatching a Wilder from the timeline worked, but they were shocked to find they grabbed his dad, Geoffrey right out of the mid 80s.

Meanwhile, our heroes struggled with their lives. Chase and Nico felt guilty about the kiss they shared in New York, while Victor continued struggling with the fear that he’d ultimately follow Ultron’s programming and betray his friends. Already off-balance, they fell for Geoffrey’s plan to put them off their game, partially by having his witch friend Lotus show an image of the kiss right in front of Gert. During the in-fighting, The Pride made off with Molly and Geoffrey made a deal with the Gibborim to get his wife and child back in exchange for a sacrifice.

Just after Gert broke it off with Chase and Nico discovered that Victor had been spying on them – because one of the Pride hacked into his brain – Karolina and Xavin showed up after their wedding devolved into a potentially planet-breaking war sparked by a not-so-nice comment about a bride’s maid gown.

The reunion proved short-lived as the Runaways took off to find out exactly where Wilder and his crew went and what the intended to do with Molly. Everyone met again at the Griffith Observatory where an epic battle ensued involving secret Skrull tricks, Victor turning a van into a battle suit, a knife fight between Chase and the elder Wilder and a raging inferno.

Gert and Old Lace stepped in during Chase’s fight with Geoffrey which ultimately lead to her death, as Wilder intended to make her his sacrifice. As she died of a knife wound, she transferred control of Old Lace to Chase and almost said she loved him as she gave up the ghost.

Afterwards, the kids sending Geoffrey back to his original time and dealing with the loss in their own way, but the arc ended with a shot of Chase holding the Abstract with the decoder ring on his finger and Old Lace at his side, all alone looking desperate and determined.

LOST & FOUND

The same month that the tragic RUNAWAYS #18 hit stores, so did the first of four installments in CIVIL WAR: YOUNG AVENGERS & RUNAWAYS by Zeb Wells and Stefano Caselli. The Young Avengers saw the Runaways dealing with pro-registration forces immediately after stopping Flag-Smasher and went out to help their fellow young heroes. To combat this potential threat, Maria Hill sent Marvel Boy after the assembled young ones. With some of their friends kidnapped, the teams joined forces not only to get their mates back, but also to help save their fellow displaced young person, Marvel Boy.

Next time, find out how Chase dealt with Gert’s death and how Brian K. Vaughan officially left the Runaways.

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After Karolina flies off the space, the gang heads East to help Cloak and Dagger.

Before Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s RUNAWAYS launches in September, take a look at all of their major adventures as seen on Marvel Unlimited!

One of the hardest lessons learned on the pathway to adulthood revolves around the fact that people and groups always change. In their first volume, the RUNAWAYS kids learned this thanks to Alex’s betrayal of them, but that doesn’t mean it’s any easier when life reminds you of that lesson.

In RUNAWAYS #78, by Brian K. Vaughan and Takeshi Miyazawa presented Nico, Molly, Chase, Gert, Victor and especially Karolina with one of their most difficult challenges yet: letting a friend find themselves.

After facing off with, and appropriately mocking the sentient Nazi bee colony Swarm and an awkward moment were Karolina came on to Nico who did not reciprocate the feelings, a Skrull invaded! Named Xavin, the shape-shifter revealed himself as Karolina’s fiance thanks to a deal made between her parents and his people.

As you might expect, Karolina’s friends threw down to defend her, but ultimately the young Majesdanian decided to leave Earth for her home planet after Xavin shifted into a more female form.

Though they missed their friend, the gang continued on in their efforts to make the world a better place which included helping Cloak in RUNAWAYS #912 by Vaughan and Adrian Alphona. He’d been framed for nearly killing Dagger and a battle with the New Avengers helped dislodge his memories of the Pride’s children. Finding them, he asked for their help in tracking down who really hurt his friend Tandy.

In New York City for the first time, the kids split up with Chase and Nico tracking down Pusher Man, a guy selling mutant growth hormone laced with Darkforce, while Gert and Victor tried tracking down Dagger’s assailant, but instead ran into Spider-Man. Oh, and Molly had a run-in with Wolverine, Captain America and Iron Man in a church.

Aside from Molly punching Wolverine straight through the church door, the kids avoided a dust up with their elder heroes, but still left an impression as they uncovered the unbalanced individual who attacked Tandy, taking him out and clearing Cloak’s name in the process.

The adventure ended with Cloak sending the Left Coasters back home plus another hindered view of a new group, apparently kids, with the Pride’s Abstract in hand. To see how that shakes out, come back next week!

LOST & FOUND

The two stories above went a long in introducing the Runaways to the larger Marvel Universe. In addition to meeting the New Avengers, they also came into contact with one of the cosmos’ most prevalent alien races in Xavin. That continued in 2006’s FREE COMIC BOOK DAY SPECIAL. In that story, by Vaughan and Skottie Young, Cyclops, Wolverine and the other X-Men dropped into LA to recruit Molly as one of the surviving 198 mutants on the planet. Her pals didn’t take kindly to their approach and a good, old super hero brawl ensued. Ultimately, though, Emma Frost made peace after finding the recently lost Old Lace and reminding Cyclops that threats and violence tend not to work as positive motivators, especially when it comes to children who can punch holes in walls.

One friend returns as another falls in RUNAWAYS #1318 by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.

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Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka detail the original team's epic return!

One of the breakout hits of the early 2000s, RUNAWAYS exploded onto the scene and set a new precedent for young super groups across the Marvel Universe. Its team of relatable, plucky, young protagonists has lived long in the memory ever since—and much to our delight, the Runaways are entering the fray once more.

On November 21, the group makes their on-screen debut with “Marvel’s Runaways” on Hulu—and on September 13, the original cast returns in comic book form with RUNAWAYS #1, by writer Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka!

We caught up with Rainbow and Kris to find out what’s happened to Nico, Karolina, Molly, Chase, Old Lace, and Gert since we saw them last.

Marvel.com: We’ve seen Nico go through a lot lately (most notably with A-Force and Ulysses)—what kind of mindset will she be in at the start of issue #1?

Rainbow Rowell: We’ve seen more of Nico in the Marvel Universe than any of the other Runaways—and she’s been through so much trauma. (I mean, she was a prisoner on Murderworld.) Then, just when she started to find some stability with A-Force, she lost them, too. When we meet Nico in RUNAWAYS #1, she’s alone and wondering where she fits—and still (always) struggling to understand her relationship to her own power. That’s a core theme for Nico: she wields great power, but she doesn’t understand it. It just dropped in her lap. And it comes with all these painful limitations.

Marvel.com: When we last saw Karolina, the Runaways were going through a difficult time. What’s she been up to recently?

Rainbow Rowell: I feel like Karolina is the stealth Runaway. We know the least about what her life has been like since the book ended. But we do know that she has a girlfriend—Julie Power. When we meet up with Karolina again, she’s been doing a lot of emotional work to make peace with her past. (Having super villain parents, betraying them, causing interstellar disasters, etc.) She’s doing her best to move forward, which means leaving the life she had with the Runaways behind.

Marvel.com: Molly’s a mutantwhere has that taken her over the last few years? Can you describe her headspace these days?

Rainbow Rowell: Molly is living off the super hero grid. She’s living with a loving guardian, who’s trying to let her have a normal tweenhood. I think Molly’s reunion was one of the most fun to write—because she just really misses everybody.

Marvel.com: Chase often served as the friendly, upbeat member of the group. Will we see more of that from him? How has he been impacted by his recent experiences?

Kris Anka: Yes, definitely [he was the upbeat teammate]. We pick up with Chase looking to bring his family back together. I think he’s been through a lot of trauma over the past few years and I think that’s made him feel a bit rudderless and desperate to find something to drive him again. Rebuilding his Runaways helps with that a lot.

Marvel.com: Old Lace—the Runaways’ favorite dinosaur! How has she gotten along without Gert? Does she still have a telepathic link with Chase?

Kris Anka: I feel like she’s been doing alright. She’s missed Gert a lot, of course, but knowing that Chase would also do anything for Gert has given Old Lace someone to bond with. But she’s immensely glad to have her Arsenic back.

Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, can you tease anything about how Gert comes back to life? After being dead for so long, what kind of state will we find her in?

Kris Anka: Well, it hasn’t been too long for her. She’s going to be dealing a lot with how, to her, it has felt like a quick nap. It’s quite a shock for her. As for a tease, you’re not going to have to wait long to find out how!

Marvel.com: How’s your experience been resurrecting such a popular series?

Rainbow Rowell: Oh, I hope people are looking forward to it. Fortunately we’ve managed not to focus too much on people’s expectations…I had the arc written before the series was announced. And when I’m working with Kris, we’re just really focused on the characters. (We were both huge fans of the original series by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, so we hit the ground running.) It’s been such a gift for me to collaborate with someone who’s as invested as I am in this story. I can talk to Kris in minute detail about these characters—and he’s right there with me. It feels like we’re making this book for the Runaways.

Kris Anka: It was hugely daunting. It actually took some convincing to get me on board with this, honestly [Laughs]. Having grown up on this book, it wasn’t something I wanted to mess up. It’s been a great book to work on though. It feels a lot like meeting up with old friends again.

“Marvel’s Runaways” debuts on Hulu this November 21! And on September 13, Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka present the original team in an all-new comics adventure with RUNAWAYS #1!

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The Runaways fight for the future in the second volume by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona.

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After taking on the Wrecking Crew, the gang returned to their hideout under the La Brea Tar Pits Museum only to discover a time traveling Gert appearing out of thin air. She gave warning of an all-powerful foe named Vicot Mancha before dying, thus giving the team a new threat to focus on.

Meanwhile, a group dubbed Excelsior attempted to track down the kids at the request of a mysterious benefactor. Dedicated to offering former teen heroes a chance at a normal life, Turbo, Phil Urich, Chamber, Julie Powers, Richocet and Darkhawk agreed to take on the assignment in exchange for a healthy cash infusion to their organization.

This, of course, did not sit well with our heroes. Everyone wound up smashing into each other at East Angeles High School where Victor attended. The Runaways landed right on the football field to grab their prey, but Excelsior appeared not long after.

In the ensuing super hero brawl, the kids made an escape with Victor in tow. They returned to their base where he continued telling him that his parents consisted of a mom working three jobs and a Marine who died in the line of duty.

Before long – and right in the middle of a less-than-great escape attempt on Victor’s part – the group headed out to save Mancha’s mom Marianella from his real dad, Doctor Doom! Well, that’s what they thought at least. See, Mancha turned out to be a cyborg created by an Ultron who also got his steely hands on a Doombot and used that as a ruse. After revealing his true identity, Ultron killed Victor’s mom.

While taking over Victor’s programming and using his pseudo-son to knock the Runaways around, Ultron gave the young man a tour of their shared past. As the kids lost the advantage in the battle, Karolina literally blew the roof off the place, giving the members of Excelsior a pretty good indicator of where the action was.

As the more experienced heroes jumped into the fray, the proved effective enough to take out the android while Chamber watched the kids in another room. He let them bail out, this time with Victor attending of his own free will, though devastated by the loss of his mother.

LOST & FOUND

At the end of this arc, the members of Excelsior learned that Rick Jones acted as their mysterious benefactor after Captain America let him know about the Runaways. Though Chamber turned out to be an impostor – more on that in the next installment – Jones asked the others to continue working together which lead to an appearance in MARVEL TEAM-UP #15, a name change and a spinoff limited series in 2007 by C.B. Cebulksi and Karl Moline called THE LONERS. Their ranks grew to include Mattie “Spider-Woman” Franklin, the second Red Ronin known as Namie and former Generation X member Penance, then going by Hollow. Eventually, the remaining members signed up for further work in AVENGERS ACADEMY #21.

Next time, Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa introduce the gang to new heroes, enemies and a very important person in Katarina’s life in RUNAWAYS #7-12.

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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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The Runaways' loyalties and trust come tested in their first outings as heroes!

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

When last we left the Runaways, they’d gone on the lam after seeing their parents–an evil organization called The Pride–sacrifice a young woman. They discovered some amazing things about themselves, but decided to hide out in an earthquake-buried mansion under ground they dubbed The Hostel.

As RUNAWAYS picked up again with #712, Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa had Chase, Gert, Alex, Molly, Karolina and Nico discover what it truly meant to live on their own while also trying to become heroes and avoid the machinations of their parents. The presence of a mole in their group, while unknown to the kids, also added a level of suspense to the proceedings!

While going out for a routine food run at a convenience store, the gang faced their first test after stumbling upon a robbery. After somewhat clumsily breaking it up, they unmasked one of the crooks to find a kid like them. Topher explained that his parents forced him to commit crimes and the Runaways quickly brought him into the fold.

Topher’s presence back at The Hostel immediately started causing waves and not just because Old Lace almost ate him. Nico kissed him while Alex peeped on from a secret hiding spot. That same night, he locked lips with Karolina which lead to a fight between herself and Nico, though neither quite understood or expressed why at that time.

Feeling embarrassed, Nico ran off and Topher followed, but only to reveal his true blood sucking nature! The vampire who nearly tore the team apart actually united them against a common enemy. Though far more experienced than them, his power couldn’t hold up to Karolina’s solar-powered blasts.

In the following two issues, another pair of super-powered runaways entered the picture: Cloak and Dagger. After being manipulated by Pride lackey Lieutenant Flores, the heroes went after the kids, thinking that they’d kidnapped Molly. After the requisite hero fight, the Runaways explained their situation and the duo promised to help them out as soon as they got back to New York. However, the Pride captured Cloak and Dagger and used their own powers to erase all memories of the meeting from the both of them before sending them on their way!

LOST & FOUND

In what would become a tradition in the series, this arc introduced our Runaways to other young heroes from the hallowed halls of the House of Ideas. Cloak and Dagger first appeared in 1982’s PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #64. 17-year old Ty Johnson and 16-year-old Tandy Bowen met on the streets where they wound up being experimented on with a drug developed by Silvermane for the Maggia. The heroin alternative gave her the ability to create light knives while he found he could access the Darkforce Dimension through a mystical hooded cape. With their newfound abilities they pledged to take down drug dealers like the ones who took advantage of them and also help any fellow runaways they could. Though they failed to help the ones in our series here, they do come back into play later on down the line.

Next time, find out who the mole is and what happens to the Pride in RUNAWAYS #1318!

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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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