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Runaways #1

Writer: Rainbow Rowell Artist: Kris Anka Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: September 13, 2017 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 25
8.4Critic Rating
7.6User Rating

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The "IT" book of the early 2000s with the original cast is back - Nico! Karolina! Molly! Chase! Old Lace! And, could it be? GERT?! The heart of the Runaways died years ago, but you won't believe how she returns! Superstar author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park, Carry On) makes her Marvel debut with fan-favorite artist Kris Anka (ALL-NEW X-MEN, CAPTAIN MARVEL) in the series that will shock you and break your heart!
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  • 9.5
    AIPT - Alyssa Jackson Sep 13, 2017

    'Runaways' #1 brings back a fan-favorite team with a fresh take. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    ComicBuzz - Tony Thornley Sep 18, 2017

    While not totally perfect, its close, and it sets my expectations incredibly high for the future of the series. If youre a long-time fan, pick it up. If not, give it a try, and go get some collections to catch yourself up. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Don Alsafi Sep 15, 2017

    Maybe it's too early to say, but this might just end up being one of the very best comics Marvel's put out in some time. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Newsarama - Kat Calamia Sep 14, 2017

    Runaways #1 may not have all your favorite Runaway characters in the premiere, but the issue still shines a great spotlight onto Nico and gives the Runaways a real, emotionally-driven reason to become a team again after years of separation. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    On Comics Ground - Ivan Alino Sep 15, 2017

    Rainbows Rowells comic book debut delivers an excellent story and added depth to ongoing drama of our struggling young runaway heroes. Partnered with the clean expressive art of Kris Anka and the skillful coloring of Matthew Wilson. It looks Marvel has hit another pot of gold for this awesome relaunch. Read Full Review

  • 8.7
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Sep 13, 2017

    I must say that Rainbow Rowell nails her Marvel debut with Runaways #1, along with having an all-star team to handle the art. They say that the series is going to break our hearts, and I just can't believe my heart was already broken in the first issue. That scene alone set the tone for what we can expect from Runaways as their story is never sunshine and rainbows. With a debut like this I can't wait to see what everyone else has been up to or how they might feel about crossing paths again. There's a lot of catching up to do, especially for Gert who you know will have an opinion about it all. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    411Mania - Jeremy Thomas Sep 14, 2017

    Runaways #1 is a small start for what will clearly be a much larger arc for the comics. It has plenty for old fans of the team to appreciate while providing enough backstory so newcomers won't feel lost. Rowell and Anka are off to a great start here and I for one am going to be following this closely to see where they're taking things from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bleeding Cool - Rich Johnston Sep 4, 2017

    Some will dismiss this as fanfic. A way to get away from what a writer originally wrote, with the audience given what they want rather than what they need. I don't know. I think these days giving the audience a bit of what they want, as long as it comes with a price, is no bad thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Sep 13, 2017

    With enough exploration, though, this comic could be a hit for everyone, especially if it touches upon the vital elements of defiance, rebellion, and queerness that preceding volumes expressed or approached. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Milo Milton Jefferies Sep 17, 2017

    The creative team is in top form, suggesting that Runaways could well be Marvel's next big thing. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Sep 16, 2017

    With word of an upcoming TV series, it's back, but the first story has a surprisingly narrow focus. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Critical Blast - Mike Maillaro Sep 18, 2017

    All in all, I think RUNAWAYS is in good hands here once it gets off the launchpad. RUNAWAYS has long been a great alternative from the big event mentality that too often plagues most of Marvel's line, and it certainly feels like Rowell and Anka can get this book back there...though they have a little more to go right now. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Black Nerd Problems - Ja-Quan Greene Sep 14, 2017

    Great return to Runaways glory with immaculate backstory on Nico, Chase and Gert… despite Gert's dead incapacitated state. Rowell did an excellent job of setting the stage for whats to come. She got me excited to find out who this new villain is. Did one of the Pride parents make it out of that underwater catastrophe?! Will it be a new player alert? We'll find out when issue #2 drops next month. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Sep 13, 2017

    In Runaways#1, Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka tell a story about guilt, fractured friendship, and trying to create your own identity in your early twenties that happens to feature magical surgery, time travel, a dinosaur, and a smorgasbord of gorgeous colors by Matthew Wilson. Read Full Review

  • 7.7
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 13, 2017

    Runaways #1 is a slightly odd way to kick off this long-awaited new series. It only features a handful of characters and is more concerned with addressing the fate of Gert than touching base with the various scattered team members. Despite that, however, the strong characterization of Nico and the generally crisp, attractive art suggest that these characters are in capable hands. But if you're a Runaways newbie, this isn't the place to start. Read Full Review

  • 7.3
    Multiversity Comics - Robbie Pleasant Sep 15, 2017

    An intense, emotional start, backed up by strong dialogue, illustration, and color work. The Runaways are back, baby! Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Henchman-4-Hire - Sean Ian Mills Sep 16, 2017

    The first issue of the relaunched Runways gets off to a strong start, with a lot of tension and strong character moments. But it's over too quickly to really let us sink our teeth into the relaunch. Read Full Review

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