Writer: Rainbow Rowell
Art: Chris Anka
Colors: Matthew Wilson
What you missed: The Runaways are finally back together again after fending off another evil adult! Gert is back from the dead and wants nothing more than for things to be like they were before her untimely non-death… However, with her friends’ lives having spiraled in various directions, things can’t be like they were. Victor is a headless cyborg, Molly loves school, Nico has severe PTSD, Karolina is a co-ed in college, and Chase is an unemployed hunk with a man bun.
What happened: After escaping Molly’s grandma and her psychic cats, the team has returned to the hostel trying to put their family back together. It’s a running theme throughout the issue. Family matters the most to the Runaways to the point where Nico and Chase become Molly’s magical, legal guardians.
Karolina and Nico deal with their typical “we find each other attractive but the timing isn’t right” and Nico is too emotionally damaged madness. I love Nico but come on! We’ve seen this story in every single Runaways series. Over it.
Molly has a non-Runaway best friend who she is obsessed with, like any middle schooler. But of course her new friend is borderline creepy and psychotic. Not surprised.
What I thought: Not a bad issue, but not great. There was some humor but not hilarious. It’s definitely an issue that was done to set up future storylines and conflict. However, some of the storylines are real cliche. I’m really over the whole Karolina and Nico dynamic of sexual tension. It’s tired. I want to know more about Karolina’s relationship with Power Pack’s leading lady, which I think that will be next issue. I’m hoping Molly’s weird BFF offers an interesting reason for being crazy, but I’m not hopeful. I did really like Victor not wanting a body so he doesn’t hurt anyone because I think that’s an interesting perspective for his character.
As always, Anka and Wilson are a killer combo and I appreciated that they tried to a few different things like the BFF dance…