Runaways Vol. 1: Pride & Joy by Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona

 

runaways1vaughn1Runaways Vol. 1: Pride and Joy

by Brian K Vaughan &  Adrian Alphona

  • VOYA: 4Q4P G
  • Lexile Level: GN
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics; 1st edition (April 14, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785113797
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785113799

Every teenager has thought their parents were evil at least once; Alex, Gert, Molly, Nico, Chase, and Karolina have proof!  When they accidentally observe their parents sacrifice  a young girl, this hodgepodge of teens must come together to uncover the extent of their parents’ secrets and try to counteract the evil they have wrought.  As they investigate their homes for clues to their parents’ villainy, the kids discover that they each have powers and secrets of their own.  Now they are on the run from their parents and the police.  Can six teens hope to overpower and outsmart the super-villain consortium Pride?  And how will they reconcile their pasts with this new knowledge?  Clearly nothing will ever be the same again.

Each character is well drawn and together they form a fascinating and varied team.  Their personalities work well against each other and every reader should be able to find at least one character that they relate to.  The writers do an excellent job of skewing traditional stereotypes and providing teens are various ages, genders, nationalities, and, incidentally, species.  References to modern pop culture abounds making the work feel timely and providing comic relief.  Notably, the tension between the characters and their diverging personalities adds to the story and ensures drama to come.  As the teens come to grips with the villainy of their parents, each copes uniquely and realistically.  The first volume ends as the teens settle down in their new hideout and promises many entertaining sequels to follow.  Aliens, mutants, prodigies, and more… this series has them all.

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