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Runaways #1

Writer: Noelle Stevenson Artist: Sanford Greene Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: June 17, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 11
7.9Critic Rating
8.3User Rating

• The best and brightest teens from all corners of Battleworld are chosen to attend a prestigious school on the planet's capital!
• But what does the new class do when they discover the school's beloved headmaster is actually a diabolical super villain? RUN AWAY!
• A SECRET WARS story like none other from the remarkable minds of Noelle Stevenson (LUMBERJANES) and Sanford Greene (UNCANNY AVENGERS)!

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Corey 'Undeadpool' Schroeder Jun 16, 2015

    Over-the-top visuals that very occasionally go too far sounds like a minor complaint and it turns out: it IS! Teen years are a weird time, so some visual exaggeration isnt entirely out of place, and the writing compliments the art perfectly, though it also veers into being a BIT too over-the-top in one or two places. Its a wild title, though, and these complaints are minimal and dont diminish what is a tremendous return to form for Marvels biggest mischief-makers. The reveal at the end of the issue is just the wonderfully apropos cherry atop an already towering sundae. This issue is a great example of how to do teen drama while making it compelling and, of course, whimsical without sentimentality. Stevenson, Greene and Rauch were made to create this series, and heres to hoping they stay on it, and whatever it becomes, for a long time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Jun 16, 2015

    This is firmly an establishing issue: we meet the characters, setting, and conflicts, without delving into any for too long. With such a large cast, we're torn between wanting more from overlooked characters like Delphyne, and wanting primary characters like Jubilee and Molly to simply take over and drive the plot forward. Greene and Rauch create a detailed, recognizable high school world. Stevenson writes characters who act like real teens, and we're immediately hooked on this cast. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Graphic Policy - Brett Jun 16, 2015

    Runaways is a fantastic addition to Marvel's solid Secret Wars event. It's a series that I'm hoping will stick around after the event too. We get a series like this every so often, but they never seem to last as long as they should. Here's hoping this sparks something new, and this one stays for a while. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Nerds Unchained - Connor Frigon Jun 23, 2015

    Runaways #1 is a charming book with a diverse cast in ever sense of the word. I only wish it accomplished more in its allotted time. Unless Marvel has plans to continue the series past Secret Wars, Runaways will end after 3 more issues. If there is only a few monthsto go, this simple story could use more progression. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Jun 19, 2015

    This book has an original concept for Secret Wars, and Stevenson does a fine job of making the readers actually give a crap about what’s going on in the story arc. As innocent as this book seems, it’s really not—and I can’t wait to see where Stevenson takes it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Jun 24, 2015

    Overall, it's a quirky corner of Battleworld filled with tweaks on characters we all like that will result in some pretty hilarious hijinks. Things do get a bit clich with the familiar high school setting, and there is more that a little exposition that's unclear, both with some scripting and artistic fumbles. But the expressions are lively and there's a lot of promise for some raised stakes, giving a kind of momentum that makes me anxious to see where it all goes. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Geeked Out Nation - John Turner Jun 19, 2015

    Runaways #1 doesn't feature much in the way of running away, and is minus a lot of the tone I understand made the title so popular among its fan base. What is present is heaps of the style and personality that has contributed to Noelle Stevenson's ascent in the comic book industry. Runaways #1 is a very fun book both as an entity unto itself, and as more light hearted relief to the Secret Wars event proper. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    IGN - Levi Hunt Jun 17, 2015

    Overall, Runaways succeeds in its silly premise and fun characters. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Justin Partridge, III Jun 18, 2015

    It might not be the team you remember, but this first issue certainly contains the same crackling youthful energy of the Runaways we all loved; just with 100% more moody Bucky Barnes and that's certainly a great thing. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    We The Nerdy - Josh McCullough Jun 16, 2015

    Overall, while many will judge this book on name alone I think it's worth giving it a try to see what you think of it. This definitely would've gotten a better chance if it was branded as Avengers Academy or something as it feels closer in spirit to that book that Runaways, but really I think people will be smart enough to look past the name. While there's a lot of teenage angst, stereotypes and clichs thrown around at the start which initially put me off, this is a very charming book which has definitely had a lot of effort put into it. Read Full Review

  • 7.0 - Chase Magnett Jun 17, 2015

    Runaways is quickly shaping-up as the Secret Wars tie-in with the most potential. Stevenson and Greene are clearly engaged with the story they're telling, and it's difficult to resist smiling and laughing along with them. This comics all about silly, over-dramatic, high school antics, and it's just the sort of friendliness that clicks with youthful heroes. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Marykate Jasper Jun 16, 2015

    "Runaways" #1 is a success, if not a smashing one. Stevenson and Greene have laid the groundwork for an exciting second issue and, while this may not be what fans of "Runaways" were expecting, it's a welcome new corner of Battleworld. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Jun 16, 2015

    Runaways definitely has a unique voice and style when put up against many of the other books spinning out of Secret Wars, but in a grander scheme, it's not all that original. The book will live and die with its characters and Stevenson's ability to make the readers care about a plot that they've seen over and over in Hollywood in the past five years. and for all his great character work, Greene will need to pick up the slack in terms of building out the world. Comics are a collaborative medium and this team isn't synced up just yet but if they do, watch out. Runaways has the DNA to be one of Secret Wars's best books. Read Full Review

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