Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Reader's Diary #1299 - Brian K. Vaughan (writer), Adrian Alphona (artist): Runaways / Pride and Joy

Yet another "Brian K. Vaughan Collaborates with a Canadian" project!

This time around it's for an original teen superhero group for Marvel. The Runaways first crossed my radar when I read an article suggesting they be added to the Marvel Studios roster of upcoming movies.

After reading the first collected volume, I'd be on board for sure. The diverse cast, the youthful energy and frame of reference, the sense of humour, the stories, the freakin' raptor... it would be nearly impossible to mess this up.

It tells of a group of teens who discover that their parents are most likely super-villains but suddenly have blossoming powers and abilities of their own. The teens against adults angle (their parents no less!) is brilliant.

That said, I do question if Marvel Studios would own the rights. One of them mentions being a mutant, and as far as I understand their licensing deal, any mutant falls in the Sony Pictures house. But I don't understand all the legalities behind it. Perhaps they can just ignore that aspect of the comics, call her a Inhuman instead and move forward.

It's not perfect. The dumbest loophole seems to with Karolina Dean whose superpowers were being supressed by a fake Medic Alert bracelet that her parents made her wear. It's a little hard to swallow that she'd make it all the way into her teenage years without ever having taken it off at least once before. Plus, cool as that raptor may be, it's not wholly original even within the Marvel house. Jack Kirby had created Moon-Boy and Devil Dinosaur all the way back in 78.

But small missteps aside, it's a fun and wild ride.

Adrian Alphona's work, who I first encountered with the Ms. Marvel series, is almost as great here. It's maybe slightly less psychedelic and lips are bit too pouty, but that's just being nit-picky.


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