Runaways #8: Best Friends Forever
Written by: Rainbow Rowell
Art by: Kris Anka
Colors by: Triona Farrell
What You Need to Know:
Trying to be a family, the Runaways are making the best of their new/old home: the Hostel. They’ve sent Molly back to school where she’s met a new BFF who’s apparently immortal. The prospect of living forever is never a good start to any story line.
What Just Happened:
Molly’s new friend, Abigail, tries to convince Molly to join her as an immortal by eating a “magic” cupcake. Before Molly can make that choice, Karolina picks her up from the play date instead of picking up her girlfriend, Julie Powers AKA Lightspeed of Power Pack, at the airport.
Julie eventually shows up at Hostel, causing a weird reaction from Nico. The group chats with Julie a bit before their home is attacked by one of Marvel’s legendary villains: Dr. Doom.
The groundwork has been set; we’ve established characters, so now Rowell can really play with these characters in a variety of ways. This issue was subtle in its multiple story lines and details. Rowell prepared the story in a way that felt episodic, like we were mid-season in a show in which everyone has their own favorite character to follow. This issue was well-balanced in that everyone had their role to play, except for Nico who wimped out for some unknown reason.
Anka did his usual work with the art, creating something very young and vibrant. I was a littel nervous about not having Wilson on the colors, but I think Farrell style is so similar that the natural chemistry remains in the art.