Before they make their television debut sometime in 2018, Marvel’s Runaways are making their way back to comics this fall. For around a week Marvel has been dropping various teasers fro the series returning featuring most of the original group of on the run teens appearing.
Now not only has a final teaser featuring a deceased member of the group arrived, but the creative team that will handle these new adventures has been revealed.
Announced through Entertainment Weekly, the brand new Runaways series will be handled by young adult writer & author of Elenaor & Park Rainbow Rowell and Star-Lord artist Kris Anka, who did the teasers for the series.
“This is my favorite Marvel book. When [editor Nick Lowe] first reached out to me a few years ago about maybe working for Marvel, it was the first thing I asked him about,” Rowell said to EW. “The characters and original story by Brian K. Vaughan (Paper Girls) are just so great and so beautifully built. I was really excited because I always felt like there were more Runaway stories and that book should just have kept going.”
Created in 2003 by Vaughn & Adrian Alphona, Runaways followed six teenagers who found out that their parents were secretly the supervillain group known as The Pride who controlled all the crime on the West Coast. Rebelling against their murderous & evil parents, the teens went on the run and some of them discovered they had special abilities gained through mutant powers, magical items, technology, and even alien genetics that they used to fight against their parents and others.
The big focus for this new series will be to bring most of that original gang back together. This includes the magical Nico Minoru/Sister Grimm, the tech using jock Chase Stein, his companion the genetically modified dinosaur Old Lace, colorful alien Karolina Dean/Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and powerhouse mutant Molly Hayes/Bruiser/Princess Powerful.
Original member and traitor Alex Wilder wasn’t in the teasers and wasn’t featured on the cover for this new series, as he just recently returned as a villain in the just ended Power Man & Iron Fist series. Gertrude Yorkes/Arsenic, the daughter of time travellers & former companion to Old Lace, died during the second volume of the series but will be making her return from the grave in this new series.
“It’s kind of funny calling them the Runaways because it’s not like they’re the Avengers or the X-Men. They were not formed with a mission and a purpose. They’re just kids who ended up in the same boat,” Rowell said. “At the beginning of this series they are scattered to the four winds and half of them are dead. One of the challenges now is who are they when they’re apart? They got thrown together, but now they’ve been pulled apart. They’re trying to figure out who they really are without each other… This arc is very much about them choosing to be together.”
Not only will the teens be struggling with figuring out who they are and growing up, they’ll take on a mystery adversary in the series.
“The first is literally the act of growing up, something we can all relate to as one of the hardest things to figure out,” said Marvel Editor Nick Lowe. “There is also an actual adversary in this story as well. Although it might not seem that way from the get-go. One of the cool things about Runaways is the core concept from the launch of that book, which was, ‘What if your parents were supervillains?’ and then the parents got killed. So that’s one of the struggles to any Runaways story. So we were searching for what new twist on that we can do and I think Rainbow came up with something really incredible with it. You’ll start seeing that but there are story elements that we don’t want to give away.”
Runaways #1 arrives from Marvel in September.