Catch 'Marvel's Runaways' when it debuts only on Hulu November 21!

Fans of Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona’s comic RUNAWAYS will finally get to see the fan-favorite series come to life when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres the first three episodes next Tuesday, November 21, on Hulu.

Producers and co-showrunners Josh Schwartz, Stephanie Savage, and Jeph Loeb talked with Marvel.com about bringing the Runaways to life, the characters, the setting, and of course, a genetically-engineered dinosaur.

Loeb was excited when talking about adapting the book for the small screen. “When we first started Marvel Television, which was not all that long ago, one of the things that we heard from our fans was these are the shows they’d really like to see. It’s kind of remarkable, how many of them we’ve actually been successful at bringing forward. And so, one of the real jewels in the crown, that people had in their top three, was ‘Marvel’s Runaways.’”

Savage admitted she was not a comic book person, but fell in love with the world that Vaughan and Alphona created. “I loved the characters. I love that it was set in LA. I love the strong female characters, the diversity.”

“Old Lace!” interjected Schwartz. “The dinosaur, the great cliffhangers at the end of every issue,” continued Savage.  “Just the voice and the level of humor. And it felt so exciting, the possibility of being able to bring it to life.”

Discussing the issues of transitioning from comics to TV, Loeb shared, “They’re very strong characters. The inherited material, with its incredibly diverse cast, allowed different voices and different points of view. And that the show was set in LA, that was something that was very different for us. Being able to take all those things and put them together, and actually find a network that was supportive to us as Hulu was, this has been not just a large challenge, but it has something that has been extremely successful in terms of its execution.”

Fans will appreciate that Vaughan was key to bringing his beloved characters to life. Schwartz said, “Having his endorsement, his encouragement, but also his ideas in the book, just empowered everybody to feel a lot of freedom in making sure we were still honoring the spirit of the original book, but also making it a show that could stand on its own.”

Location is a key character to “Runaways” and Savage was proud to showcase the city. “It was super important to us and we were thrilled that Marvel was supportive of actually shooting the show in Los Angeles, and they weren’t like ‘we want it feel like Los Angeles, but you have to shoot it in Atlanta or Vancouver.’ We got to shoot here. We’re out shooting on location more than fifty percent of the time.”

“We wanted to make sure that Los Angeles had as big a voice in terms of what it is that we’re doing,” said Loeb. “This is very much a group of different worlds and lifestyles and cultures.” The city acted as a metaphor for the characters. “Each of them has a very diverse background; each of them have parents that come not just from where we originally find them, but where they originally started. How that affects them, what that background does to them, and what the city does to them; all of those things meld really nicely into telling a story that we’re hopefully going to be able to tell for a very long time.”

Schwartz talked about the role adults play in the television version of “Marvel’s Runaways.” “I’m now a parent—we’re now adults, in a way that we weren’t when we first starting doing those shows. So, we certainly relate to the parents as well. That was something that was really important to us; we’ve got to slow down the story in the comic and really dig in.”

Savage seconded Schwartz’s views on incorporating the parents. “I think that was something that Brian really responded to when he was in the room with us, that the parents don’t get the deep dive in the same way that the kids do in the comic. This was an opportunity for him to do that and to sort of think about those relationships. Not just with the kids, with their own kids, but with each other and the dynamics inside Pride in a way that hadn’t really been explored in the comic.”

“As anyone who reads Marvel comics will tell you, it’s actually more important that you understand the people that are inside the mask, as opposed to the mask and the cowl or anything else like that. If you don’t care about the people themselves, then all the special effects in the world—except for the dinosaur—aren’t really going to have you tune in every week.”

Loeb hopes viewers will be invested in the story’s characters. “And so, we need you to care about not just the kids, but the parents, and the predicament, and the show, and the adventure, and the humor. And we think that Josh and Stephanie have really delivered on this in a big way.”

Get ready to run when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres its first three episodes exclusively on Hulu November 21! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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What if everything you thought you knew, you didn’t know at all?

We’ve all been waiting with baited breath to see Alex, Gert, Nico, Molly, Karolina, and Chase come to life on screen. We’re officially less than a month away from the highly-anticipated “Marvel’s Runaways” premiering exclusively on Hulu November 21! Today we’re getting an extended look at our beloved Runaways and their evil parents in a brand new trailer above!

Between glowing, sparkly skin, a menacing Old Lace and a badass Staff of One, we get a glimpse of our beloved Runaways repairing their friendships, what their parents (the Pride) are capable of, your typical teenaged angst and more.

Get ready to run when “Marvel’s Runaways” premieres its first three episodes exclusively on Hulu November 21! Be sure to follow @Runaways on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Runaways” Facebook page!

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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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Terry Moore and Takeshi Miyazawa pit the kids against a new kind of zombie.

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!

Looking past the whole thing where their parents turned out to be crazy murderous super villains, the gang seemed like they had a pretty good handle on their lives in RUNAWAYS #79. Chase got a job that he actually liked while the rest of the gang got to hang out in Malibu. That is until the plastic surgery zombies hit thanks to Terry Moore and Takeshi Miyazawa!

Last week we mentioned that Chase’s gig as a shock jock’s assistant would probably lead right into this particular adventure and that’s how it went down. Vic Rhymin met with a local wizard dubbed Mother and they hatched a plan to turn everyone who had plastic surgery in the L.A. area into a living zombie! 

Runaways (2008) #7

Runaways (2008) #7

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Nico, Molly, Karolina, Chase, Victor and Klara literally drove into this kind of madness after spending a night camping out in the desert. While confronting a horde of these strange creatures, Nico let loose with a spell that got turned around and, instead of stopping the attack, literally brought a group of monsters into one giant amalgamation. 

Runaways (2008) #8

Runaways (2008) #8

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After finally figuring out how to separate the individuals, the kids took off to find Val and stop all this madness. Their first stop, the radio station, proved less than helpful so they then traveled to the midnight concert where Val had ordered the zombies to bring him riches!

Once Val took the stage, the kids leapt into action with Nico facing off against Mother, who used to work with her parents from time to time. Mother thought he got the jump on the young woman and took the Staff of One, but a dinosaur erupted from it and ate him. Meanwhile, Chase found the mobile radio truck and played the song backwards to get everyone to return to normal! 

Runaways (2008) #9

Runaways (2008) #9

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LOST & FOUND

RUNAWAYS #10 featured a different format with a pair of stories. The first, by Chris Yost and Sara Pichelli, saw Molly responding to Cyclops’s call back during the Manifest Destiny era when the mutants set up shop in San Francisco. While she took a tour of the facility guided by Wolverine, her teammates met the New X-Men. Instead of throwing down, they all went to a club and had a great time. Well, not Molly and Wolverine, they fought one of her parents’ old enemies and had to face some serious truths about her folks.

James Asmus and Emma Rios also created a story where the kids played Truth or Dare that resulted in them battling a giant snake monster accidentally conjured up by Nico.

Close out this volume of Runaways with the new creative team of Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli.

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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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