Runaways (comics)

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Runaways is a superhero comic book series published by Marvel Comics. The series features a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization known as "the Pride". Created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, the series debuted in July 2003[1] as part of Marvel Comics' "Tsunami" imprint. The series was canceled in September 2004 at issue #18, but due to high numbers of trade collection sales, Marvel revived the series in February 2005.

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Runaways Vol. 1 hardcover, art by Adrian Alphona
Group publication information
PublisherMarvel Comics
First appearanceRunaways #1 (July 2003)
Created byBrian K. Vaughan (writer)
Adrian Alphona (artist)
In-story information
Base(s)Malibu; formerly a lair beneath the La Brea Tar Pits
Leader(s)Nico Minoru
Alex Wilder (formerly)
Agent(s)Current members:
Karolina Dean
Molly Hayes
Old Lace
Nico Minoru
Chase Stein
Gertrude Yorkes
Victor Mancha
Former members:
Alex Wilder
Zeke Zheng
Allis Abernathy
Klara Prast
Series publication information
FormatOngoing series
Publication date(Volume 1)
April 2003 – August 2004
(Volume 2)
February 2005 – June 2008
(Volume 3)
August 2008 – November 2009
(Volume 4)
May 2015 – November 2015
(Volume 5)
September 2017 – August 2021
Number of issues(Volume 1): 18
(Volume 2): 30
(Volume 3): 14
(Volume 4): 4
(Volume 5): 38
Creator(s)Brian K. Vaughan (writer)
Adrian Alphona (artist)

Originally, the series featured a group of six kids whose parents routinely met every year for a charity event. One year, the kids spy on their parents and learn they are "the Pride", a criminal group of mob bosses, time-travelers, wizards, evil scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants. The kids steal weapons and resources from their parents and learn that they themselves inherited their parents' powers; Alex Wilder, a prodigy, leads the team while Nico Minoru learns she is a powerful witch, Karolina Dean discovers she is an alien, Gertrude Yorkes learns of her telepathic link to a dinosaur, Chase Stein steals his father's fistigons (fire gauntlets) and x-ray goggles, and young Molly Hayes learns she is a mutant with incredible strength. The kids band together and defeat their parents and atone for the sins of their parents by fighting the new threats trying to fill in the Pride's void. Later, they are joined by the cyborg Victor Mancha, the shape-shifting Skrull Xavin, and the plant-manipulator Klara Prast.

Since the original group's introduction, the Runaways have been portrayed as a somewhat dysfunctional yet loving family. Series creators Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona left the series at issue 24 of the title's second volume, which ended at issue #30. The series was cancelled in November 2009 after issue #14 of Volume 3,[2] but the characters have been seen in other comics. On September 1, 2017, Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka revived the series, which ran for 38 issues.[3][4]

A live-action adaptation of the series was in development for several years, leading to the Runaways television series set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It debuted on Hulu in 2017.