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Runaways 7: Live Fast

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Runaways 7: Live Fast (2007) Brian K Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, Mike Norton, Craig Young

After ordering and reading volume 6, Parental Guidance, I was able to read volume 7, Live Fast, and I have to say that the beginning made a lot more sense. The Runaways are dealing with their losses, and attempting to adapt to the changes in their lives. Unfortunately, some members are having a harder time dealing with loss than others, and may be turning to the very evil the rebelled against.

One thing I really liked was how each person dealt with their grief differently–some dealt rationally, some did not, but we got to see a full range or reactions. I particularly liked Molly quizzing Leapfrog about the afterlife and whether it could locate the dead.

I also liked the way that they dealt with the “monster” that started attacking the city–I liked how their understanding of grief and loss helped them to recognize the reaction of grief and loss in others–and that those reactions might not be rational.

As far as the overall story, I thought it was well done, and the only thing I didn’t much care for was near the end, where our heroes are left in a bad spot. However, I did very much like the very end of the story, as we see a brief glimpse into the afterlife, and the world of one the group has lost.

As I’ve said before, if you aren’t reading Runaways, then you are definitely missing out. This is a great series, on many levels, and one you should definitely get your hands on.

Oh, and I LOVED Molly’s response when asked why she wore funny looking hats all the time. All I have to say to that is: Me too.
Rating: 8/10

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