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Pride and Joy: Runaways #01by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona
At one time or another, we were all sure our parents were villains. Unfortunately, for Alex, Nico, Gertrude, Karolina, Chase, and Molly, not only are their parents villains, they're supervillains! When this team of teens stumbles upon their parents' dark secret, there is only one thing to do: run away. Runaways is one of my favorite graphic-novel series. Pride and Joy is the book I point people to when they are interested in joining the genre, or if they are looking for something for their own teens. Filled with humor, drama, action, and suspense, Runaways is a must-read.
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All young people believe their parents are evil...but what if they really are?
Meet Alex, Karolina, Gert, Chase, Molly and Nico — whose lives are about to take an unexpected turn. When these six young friends discover their parents are all secretly super-powered villains, the shocked teens find strength in one another. Together, they run away from home and straight into the adventure of their lives — vowing to turn the tables on their evil legacy.
Collects the critically acclaimed Runaways #16 in the affordable, full color 5"x8" Digest format.
"This unusually clever, fun teen comic is based on the novel premise that parents don't just seem evil, they actually are evil supervillains. Or so some kids find out one night while eavesdropping on a dastardly meeting they take to be a cocktail party. Although the children are each a 'type' right out of sitcom land — the goth girl, the brain, the jock, the dreamboat, the shy one — they're also fairly empathetic characters. Vaughan's closely observed dialogue lends them authenticity and pathos as they go through the disturbing realization that their parents aren't just jerks but actually mass-murderers. The plot builds from this initial discovery, as the kids band together, discover they, too, have superhuman powers and engage their parents in good, old-fashioned superhuman fisticuffs. The group goes on the run and discovers their parents have all of Los Angeles in their pockets — it's enough to make a teenager feel more alienated than ever. Alphona's dynamic, manga-influenced artwork agreeably complements Vaughan's crisp writing. They tell the story with clarity, a dollop of drama and just enough pizzazz to hook video game — obsessed readers. Packaged in a manga-size paperback, Marvel's attempt to tap both the manga and the young adult market nicely succeeds. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"The smart script by Vaughan gives the kids believably natural dialog and distinct personalities. Adrian Alphona's cartoonlike, manga-inflected art looks good....Excellent for teens, but adult superhero fans will also enjoy." Library Journal
Discovering their parents are all secretly super-villains, six teens run awayfrom home and vow to turn the tables on their evil legacy.
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