Runaways: Battleworld

 

Runaways Battleworld

Publisher: Marvel
Released: December 15th 2015
Received: Marvel Unlimited
Rating: 3 kitty rating

 

Noelle Stevenson (Lumberjanes) and Sanford Greene (Uncanny Avengers) team up to give us this unique story. Runaways: Battleworld is set in the Secret World (the one where Doom is basically god and controls everything). Battleworld is basically a school for all of the gifted (superhero, mutant, etc) kids to go and train and learn the way of Doom (sounds super creepy when you put it like that, doesn’t it?).

Spoiler Warning

This is titled a Runaways comic, but honestly it really isn’t. The only Runaways character that makes an appearance is Molly, and frankly she’s not even the main focus. Teaming up with Molly we have Sanna Strand (AKA Frostbite, only appears in Doom’s world), Jubilation Lee (Jubilee, X-Men), Megan Gwynn (Pixie, X-Men), Amadeus Cho (the Totally Awesome Hulk), Delphyne Gorgon (Amazons), and finally, Tandy and Tyrone (Cloak and Dagger), Skaar (son of Hulk). The team list quickly confirms what I’m saying – Molly is the only Runaways on the team.

I think the intention was to have them be Runaways in spirit, so to speak. This (mostly new) group of kids also chose to run away from their superiors when they found out how corrupt they actually were. There’s a common link there as well as the fact that they were also betrayed by the adults (and one kid) they trusted.

Molly’s expressions in Battleworld were more comical than usual, but I’m ok with that. She’s a high-strung eleven year-old with super strength. I can’t say I’m surprised by it. While the focus wasn’t always on her, you can be sure that when she was in a panel she was making some sort of face (especially if she was angry).

Tyrone and Amadeus seemed to be the leaders, while Jubilee was the heart of the group. Did I mention it was actually really nice to see Jubilee interacting with a different group? I remember her from the classic cartoons, so she sort of has a special place in my heart because of that.

I don’t think I would have read this volume, had the Runaways title not been included with it. While I find the concept of Secret World interesting, I find the overall plot just a bit tired. I give credit to Stevenson and Greene for trying to give us a unique spin on their part of the world though.

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About Liz

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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