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Runaways Vol 2: Teenage Wasteland

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Runaways Vol 2: Teenage Wasteland (2003) Brian K. Vaughan

Now that they’ve escaped from their parents, the runaways are trying to figure out what to do with themselves. To amend for their parent’s actions, some of them believe that they should fight evil themselves, but they’re broke and hungry and still scared and shaken up, so needless to say, things aren’t going well for them.

Although they are still trying to understand why their parents did what they did, they end up sidetracked when their expedition to get groceries doesn’t end the way they planned. I have to say that I was amused by where the story went. Goes to show that there are dangers–even for the children of superheroes (or supervillains).

This is the middle arc of the story. The Pride are still trying to find their kids, and the teens are still trying to understand what their parents have done, and why. We learn more about the powers and abilities the teens have, and we see the efforts being made to find the teenagers (which are interesting in and of themselves.) And we also start to see that the parents really aren’t good people.

I was very amused by the class B superheroes brought in to find the teens, the “cloak and dagger.” Even if the cloak did look like he was channeling Morpheus.

But mostly this was a middle of the story arc that ends with a note of tension, and of course no resolution. So make sure you’ve got book three ready for when you finish.
Rating: 7/10

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