Today’s Super Comic — Runaways #18 (2004)

runaways_vol_1_18With #18, the Runaways’ initial storyline reaches its resolution…and the new status quo is established for the next series. Again, I have to admire how impressive this series is and how it contributes something new to the Marvel Universe.

And really, the series could have ended here and felt totally complete, but why let perfectly good characters go to waste? In just eighteen issues, these characters are as well-developed as some who have been around for many years.

A specific mission drove them throughout the first seventeen issues—stopping their parents—and writer Brian K. Vaughan kept the tension high the entire time, in part by introducing a mystery around one Runaway potentially being a mole and leveraging the parents’ lack of trustworthiness. But here we catch our breath and realize, yeah, let’s keep following these kids.

Well worth your time to read.

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan

Penciler: Adrian Alphona

Inker: Craig Yeung

Cover: Jo Chen

Publisher: Marvel Comics

How to Read It: back issues; Marvel Unlimited; Comixology; included in Runaways vol. 3: The Good Die Young (TPB)

Appropriate For: ages 12 and up