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January 16 2007

(SPOILER) Marvel April Solicitations. Including Runaways #25, Astonishing X-Men #22 (no cover, unfortunately) and for those hoping to catch up on Runaways before Joss's arrival, the Runaways vol.3 oversized hardcover.

RUNAWAYS #25
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Penciled by MICHAEL RYAN
Cover by JO CHEN
The kids start running in a different direction. Superstar JOSS WHEDON (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, ASTONISHING X-MEN) and rising star MICHAEL RYAN (NEW EXCALIBUR, NEW X-MEN) take the Runaways to the Big Apple. While there, they make surprising allies and even more surprising enemies. This is the cannot-miss book of 2007!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

ASTONISHING X-MEN #22
Written by JOSS WHEDON
Pencils and 50/50 Covers by JOHN CASSADAY
“UNSTOPPABLE”
The X-Men are on the run on Breakworld. Can they keep the warlords of Breakworld from killing Colossus? If his life means the destruction of an entire planet, SHOULD they save him? Part 4 (of 6)
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

RUNAWAYS VOL. 3 HC
Written by BRIAN K. VAUGHAN
Penciled by ADRIAN ALPHONA & MIKE NORTON
Cover by ADRIAN ALPHONA
This deluxe hardcover collects RUNAWAYS VOL. 6: PARENTAL GUIDANCE and RUNAWAYS VOL. 7: LIVE FAST, plus extras. In PARENTAL GUIDANCE, the secret super-villain society is back, but this all-new group isn’t made up of the Runaways’ evil parents. Who are these shadowy players, and what do they want with the Marvel Universe’s next generation of heroes? Plus: When the youngest member of the Runaways is separated from her teammates, Molly Hayes must survive a night alone on the mean streets of Los Angeles! The eleven-year-old mutant girl soon hooks up with a new group of runaways, but is their mysterious leader a hero or a villain? And in LIVE FAST, the Runaways say good-bye to the past, and make hard decisions about their future. Plus: Still reeling from the events of YOUNG AVENGERS/RUNAWAYS, the teenage heroes must now confront a horrific enemy who threatens to tear the team apart. Collecting RUNAWAYS #13-24.
272 PGS./Rated T+ …$24.99
ISBN: 0-7851-2539-6
Trim size: oversized

[ edited by Telltale on 2007-01-16 19:20 ]

There's a Runaways volume 3?!? YES! I just bought Vol 1 and 2 off amazon in a leap of faith, having never read Runaways before, and I devoured the first one in about 3 hours. More Runaways is welcome news. I can't wait to see what Joss does to this series.
Will Joss-fuelled Runaways really be the cannot-miss book of 2007? It wouldn't surprise me. From that Astonishing X-men #22 snippet I think I can guess how thing are going to turn out, but I'm expecting to be proved wrong ^_^
Oh good I was wondering when the third volume was coming out, cheers for that Telltale. And the AXM info is very intriguing, vintage Whedon.
And there's also Loners, a sort of Runaways spin off featuring Karl Moline, from "Fray".
And it looks like New X-Men may be bringing back my favorite Marvel character ever--the teenage witch I liked before Willow. I cannot contain my glee! (Even if it is happening in New X-Men.)
Isn't that Runaways cover supposed to be the one for the one-shot recap that's going to be coming out around the same time? (Or a bit earlier, but to help people catch up for when Whedon's on the series?)

I'll really miss Alphona's art on the series so I was hoping that we'd get one new piece, like his fantastic cover for the second HC collection. Plus it's a bit deceptive that for the collection they'd use art styles that would never be seen again. (While Whedon was instantly drawn in by Jo Chen's cover for the first issue, the first digest's cover that misrepresented the series and didn't appeal to me and I nearly didn't pick it up.)
Yeah, that's the Runaways Saga cover. I expect (and hope) there will be an original cover again. Jen Grunwald, one of the editors in charge of the collected editions at Marvel was extatic when she was showing the cover for the last HC around online--if she can possibly fit it in the budget, I'm sure she'll commission a new one again.
OK, I'm confused - I bought the Runways Vol.1 HC last week - the one with Joss' letter in and that had issues 1-18 in (didn't it?) - but Vol.3 HC has issues 13-24 in. How do I get issues 19-24 in HC without duplicating issues? And what issues did the Vol.2 HC have in it? Help?
Vol 1 was the first series which was issues 1-18. Vol 2 was the second series which contained issues 1-12. And then Vol 3 follows on from that.
Just to clarify for catalyst2, Runaways was cancelled after #18 but then later brought back. When it restarted they reset the numbering back to 1 so it's kind of like, Vol 1 contains 1.01-1.18 then Vol 2 contains 2.01-2.12 and Vol 3: 2.13-2.24.
Hope that helps.
I've read 1-18 of the second series and then started to buy them individually at 20 but haven't read them since I haven't been able to get ahold of #19. Would someone be so kind as to tell me what happens in 19, or show where I can check online? I've given up trying to find a copy.
The What Has Gone Before in #20 should cover the important beats, but here's my take on #19.

Obviously, spoilers if you're waiting for the digests or the hardcovers.


Telltale, she is my favorite comic character ever (other than Batman or Superman, I guess). And I don't even wanna think about them bringing her back in case it doesn't happen. Uncanny X-Men 304 (the issue she died) was the last new issue I bought for nearly 10 years. I didn't react well to her death and other than Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy she seems to be the only comic character that doesn't get to come back.
If she does come back then Kitty will only have 2 dead loved ones left (her dad and Doug Ramsey), since all of the others have already returned. I guess she's having a good year.
Simon and Paul_Rocks - thanks for that info. I was quite unaware of the renumbering thing after the initial cancellation (which I was also unaware of!) so the numbering made no sense at all. Your explanation(s) have cleared that up for me. Thanks again.
Telltale, she is my favorite comic character ever (other than Batman or Superman, I guess). And I don't even wanna think about them bringing her back in case it doesn't happen. Uncanny X-Men 304 (the issue she died) was the last new issue I bought for nearly 10 years. I didn't react well to her death and other than Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy she seems to be the only comic character that doesn't get to come back.

Well, there's always Bucky and Jason Todd. Oh, wait... :-P

I actually started my subscription of Uncanny with #298 (or the Dutch equivalent) but there's always been a healthy second-hand comic market here, so I managed to still read all about Illyana.
I didn't react well to her death and other than Uncle Ben and Gwen Stacy she seems to be the only comic character that doesn't get to come back.
If she does come back then Kitty will only have 2 dead loved ones left (her dad and Doug Ramsey), since all of the others have already returned. I guess she's having a good year.


You're assuming it would be regular Illyana, and not crazy-bitch-House-Of-M! Illyana.
The one who didn't know what Limbo was, even though her power is based on the idea that she goes there every time she uses it? :-P

Well, I'm staying optimistic, lest the teasing drive me mad.

(I mean, no matter how 'Yana is resurrected--if it happens--it won't be as much to my taste as how I wanted to do it myself. But that's my own fault for not getting hired by Marvel fast enought, so I'll take what I can get. As long as they remember that Nightcrawler is still supposed to have her Soulsword. And that when Illyana was alive, no one but her and Kitty could use the Soulsword.)

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