Released: September 8th 2010
Issues: Runaways 11-14 and What if the Runaways become the Young Avengers?
I’m finally caught up in the Runaways! Unless you count the Runaways: Battleworld event that follows this (it’s on the list!). Volume eleven has two new authors and two new writers, so once again things get changed up. The final issues are by Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli, and the theoretical “What if the Runaways become the Young Avengers?” is by C.B. Cebulski and Patrick Spaziante.
Volume eleven was not my favorite of the series, which is a bit of a shame, considering it’s also the end – it even came along with an ominous “The END (for now)” on the last page and everything. I personally am not a fan of cliffhanger endings on a good day, but one at the end of a series? Little bit evil. Okay, a lot evil.
This volume simultaneously had a lot and nothing going on at the same time. Let me explain that a little further – big, series changing events occurred, but they happened with no warning or the result of something silly that shouldn’t have been in the series to begin with (like a four person prom).
A main character (at least by my definition) and long term teammate was killed off because of events that were never fully explained. I am not a fan of this sort of storytelling, and I liked the character they killed. So this did not earn them any brownie points in my book. Additionally a couple of other characters were freaking out because of what happened (bright side of this is we learned more about Klara’s abilities!) and were acting slightly out of character.
I have to say, I had a love hate relationship with Chase and how he was handling everything. On the one hand I loved seeing how human he could be (the raw emotions, as well as his attempt to suppress them), but on the other hand I can’t stand how quickly he (appeared) to have gotten over Gert. That assumption of mine turns out to be slightly incorrect, as Chase puts himself in danger all because he saw a girl that looked like Gert (I don’t want to read further into it than that, as we don’t see her again). And that’s basically how the series ends. I suppose it’s appropriate that the Runaways, with all their bad luck, wouldn’t end on a high note, but I still wasn’t expecting it.
There is one more issue after the ending, but it isn’t actually part of the series, but a theoretical idea of what the Runaways could have been if they had turned into something more like the Young Avengers. Having this immediately follow the ending of the actual series didn’t help my opinion of it, but I just found myself struggling to get into it or really care at all. Though the artwork was pretty beautiful, so credit for that.
I’m saw the series is over, but at least I still have a couple of one shot stories floating around out there, as well as the impending reboot (which will likely be out by the time I post this review). With any luck that will go well!