Today’s Super Comic — Runaways #9 (2004)

runaways_vol_1_9Yeah, I’m still re-reading Runaways. I was overdue for it.

The action takes a break in #9, and we get an issue of the kids hanging out in their new hideout…with a guest, a teen they recently met who’s also eager to escape his evil parents. What a coincidence! Of course, this being a story, the odds of a new character not introducing conflict are slim. And remember one of those great Pixar rules—coincidences are great for getting characters into trouble, not out of trouble.

Meanwhile, the evil parents continue searching for their kids. What distinguishes this from the typical villains-pursuing-heroes fare is that they actually do care about their kids. Their judgment is clearly atrocious or they wouldn’t be villains, but like all parents, they desire only the best for their children.

And if you ever want to study up on amazing cliffhangers, this series has some lessons for you.

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Penciler: Adrian Alphona

Inker: Craig Yeung

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Runaways vol. 2: Teenage Wasteland (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up