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March 21 2007

Runaways Saga releases today. A one-shot from Marvel told from Molly's perspective in order to catch up new readers (AKA Whedon fans who intend to pick up his Runaways books) on what's happened to the gang so far.

It's written CB Cebulski with art by Skottie Young. Hopefully this qualifies as Whedon related as I know he was directly involved in the story.

That's right helpful of 'em.

(It would have been nice for Astonishing too. I had no idea that the plot twist in issue 4 was a huge development...)
What a neat idea for pov. Thanks, I don't always keep up with when the comics are released. I think I'll see if I can find this locally.
I read it. It's weak. Nobody writes this way. I had a diary too, when I was 11. So I know what I'm talking about. And in keeping the story consistent, they totally made Molly not grieving for Gert. When one of my best friends and surrogate mums would die, I'd totally freak and sob and write only about how sad I am, especially as an 11-year-old.
you also have to remember that this is a comic book being sold on the market, and if it was truly written by an 11 year old, many consumers would be turned off, they want to read something that sounds like its first-person and can catch them up to the story, but if it was so realistic that it was really sounded like a real 11-year old wrote it, it'd be grammatically bad, run off on tangents and not focus on teh core elements of the saga that marvel wants the consumers to know about. If this was the case, you'd be seeing barnes & Noble publishing 11 year old diaries, but until further notice, they dont

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anybody considering reading Joss' Runaways should try not to be put off by this--Marvel's fill-in writers always suck, although truthfully, I don't know if even Alan Moore could pull off one of these "catch up" stories. they just NEVER work.
I ran out and bought it, and I didn't think it was so bad. The art was pretty much taken from the past episodes, the voice was close enough to Molly's (not like a real 11 year old would write, but you could hear Molly from past episodes saying a lot of this stuff). Basically it is better (obviously) to go back and read all of Brian K. Vaughan's 'Runaways', but if you can't get a hold of them then this will get you up to speed on all the major events.
buffycomics, please try and use upper case for start of sentences and full stops at the end of them.

I was quite interested in this issue as a huge Runaways fan contributed to the writing. Though admittedly the Astonishing X-Men Saga one shot has put me off these things for life.

I don't know how the spoiler policy applies to a book that's been out for a while, in a thread with no spoiler tag, but I just got harpoon-through-the-chest spoiled. (I've read the first 2 hardcovers of Runaways, but not the last 12 issues).

May I suggest, when in doubt, use invisible text?
I think that's a good rule, jam2, I'm always pretty careful to use the invisible text for anything this side of "Darth Vader is Luke's father" (god, I hope I didn't just ruin Star Wars for some poor kid) just to be on the safe side.

Anyways, the Runaways "clip show book" may not be that well-written, but given the number of Joss fans that I know who are coming over to Runaways given his involvement (myself included) I think it's pretty good marketing on Marvel's part.
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jam2, the event I suspect you're talking about occurred in an issue that came out last October, and this thread is about a book that summarizes everything that has happened in Runaways up till this point.

I'm all for protecting people from spoilers, but honestly, some threads wear their spoilerific nature on their sleeve.

(Oh, and the art in the framing story is actually by Humberto Ramos.)
I agree the statute of limitations on Runaways spoilers is iffy, as I mentioned. But as someone still getting caught up on Runaways, I wanted to read the thread to get a sense of whether this issue would be good for me to check out. I didn't expect Major Events to be discussed with no spoiler tag or invisible text.

Anyway, I don't mean to whine, really. I'm just asking for a little extra consideration for those of us who are still getting caught up on Runaways before Joss' stint. =)
Seeing as so many Joss and/or Brian K. Vaughan fans haven't quite caught up on the book or haven't started it but definitely plan to, I think we can all afford to be especially spoiler-sensitive for the sake of their enjoyment.

True, this is a thread about Runaways Saga, but that title doesn't have an issue # attatched and a lotta curious fans might check this thread out without knowing what it's about. I think when we get around to the issue-specific threads (I guess they'll be just like the ones for Astonishing X-Men, or when a new episode of a Joss TV show is shown), then folks will know to be more careful and we can go nuts with open discussion.

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