Runaways Vol. 3: The Good Die Young

Runaways Vol 3

 

Publisher: Marvel
Released: February 16th 2005
Received: Own
Issues: Runaways vol. 1, 13-18
Rating: 4 kitty rating

 

After all this build-up, the Runaways finally face off against the Pride in an attempt to stop their parents from completing their goals. This is the volume you don’t want to skip to or skip over, so make sure that you make time for it. Along with everything else is an origin story for the Pride – but don’t worry, the background to them doesn’t make them anymore sympathetic, so feel free to continue hating them.

Runaways role call (as it tends to change): Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Chase Stein, Gertrude Yorkes (and Old Lace as well), Molly Hayes, and Alex Wilder.

Spoiler Warning

So much happens in volume three, frankly it’s a refreshing change from volume two (which was interesting actually didn’t contain all that much story wise). Brian K. Vaughan came out swinging doing what he does best – hitting you right in the feels. That man will not pull a punch unless he chooses to, something I’ve learned from his other series. Runaways is no exception.

Some time is spent for character development – particularly with Alex and Nico’s characters. All of the kids now have superhero nicknames too, but please take them with a grain of salt (they’re all pretty young after all, and thus are likely to pick lame-ish names). I consider them all lucky that Molly didn’t just go ahead and name all of them herself.

Last volume the hints started dropping about a spy being in the Runaways. Somebody was leaking information to the Pride, telling them small details about the Runaways while also implying they were trying to lead the team back towards the Pride. The big revelation finally came, some will and some won’t be surprised by who it was (I know this series is on the older side, but I’m still going to avoid giving out that massive spoiler).

It’s always tough seeing a character that’s been built up to be sympathetic suddenly turn on their friends and become the villain. But the payoff was worth it in this case – it added a whole new level to the Runaways plot, as well as adding a sense of permanency. The stereotypical monologue gave fans a chance to catch up on the what and why of the betrayal; which is a bit helpful, considering the rather sudden flip.

In the end the Runaways did what usually happens with superheroes – they saved the day. They took some hits and the price of winning wasn’t cheap, but they did it. It’ll be interesting to see where they go from here, since technically the reason for them grouping together is now gone.

 

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I am an avid animal lover, photographer, graphic designer, and much more. I love to create art, and am willing to try and artistic technique at least once. I am particularly fond of artworks involving a lot of emotion and color. The purpose of my blog is for me to be open and honest with myself and the world about my attempts to grow as an artist. The facts: My favorite color is constantly changing, so don’t worry about trying to keep up with that! I’m in my 20’s, married, and looking to find the perfect job for me (ideally something that can involve my creativity or my love of animals). I have 6 cats (If we’re being technical, I have 2 cats and my parents have 4), a bearded dragon, a parakeet, and two betas. I adore all of them, and they frequently are my photography models. My blog will primarily be consisting of my 365 (366) photography project, updated daily (hopefully). I’m also working on a 52 weeks project, where I try a new type of photography style or technique each week. That will be updated as the photos are processed.
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