Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Whatever Happened to The Runaways?

I've mentioned once or twice how much I enjoyed Brian K. Vaughan's comic book series The Runaways. The idea to have a group of kids running away from their super-villain parents caught the attention of many people. I am such a fan that I went as far as to bash the artist who was doing the art alongside Joss Whedon on a dreadfully-long-delayed story arc, Dead End Kids. That was back in January of 2008, the final issue of that run came out in June of '08.  Things looked up when it was announced that the third volume of The Runaways would start coming out in August of that year Terry Moore taking over as the writer. He released two arcs, Dead Wrong and Rock Zombies in his run as writer with Humberto Ramos taking over for Michael Ryan as the artist. Their style was somewhat goofy compared to what Adrian Alphona had done in the first two and a half volumes.

Then after the end of Rock Zombies, nine issues into the third volume it was announced that Kathryn Immonen and Sara Pichelli would be taking over on the Runaways. They came out with a bang and killed on of the Runaways is their arc, Homecoming. Their run lasted only 4 issues, and then the comic went into hiatus.  That was over a year ago... What's the deal Marvel? There have been rumblings over at Disney, where they are trying to adapt Runaways into a movie that will appeal to young comic book fans... But what about the fans who are waiting (rather impatiently I might add) for some new Runaways. We've been forced see Nico Minoru and Karolina Dean bounce around random comics. Karolina appeared in the limited series S.W.O.R.D. as a supplemental character.

I think is the problem with comic books sometimes. Like with television, it feels like the editors think they know what we want to read better than we do. They focus on the staples of the industry or bleed a property dry and ignore the other properties (how many comic books are currently featuring Wolverine, Captain America and Deadpool, honestly.)

I hope The Runaways will come back, if only for more Jo Chen covers.

1 comment:

  1. Dude! Do you have any news or updates? I want to know SPOILER ALERT
    {{{{{{{{{what happen to Chase}}}}}}}}.
    I pray Marvel isn't banking on a movie to bring The Runaways back to life.