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Runaways: Live Fast

Title: Live Fast
Series: Runaways
Genre: Speculative Fiction

Illustrator: Adrian Alphona, Mike Norton
Originally Published: April 5, 2007
Format: Ebook
Publisher: Marvel
ASIN: B00GUNOWM8
Source: comiXology

The Story

Runaways Vol 7 Live FastFrom the comiXology book page:

New beginnings! 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!

The Response

So… I haven’t read the Young Avengers / Runaways crossover, which this is apparently following. That said, it doesn’t seem like I’ve missed anything in this. (Though I am looking forward to reading the crossover soon.)

I know I’ve said it before, but I really truly do love this series.

I actually got this instalment through comiXology when they were having a crazy sale (and I was able to get all of the others that I haven’t read yet too, yes!). So this is my first experience reading comics on an electronic device… and reading this on an iPad with a retina display was a beautiful experience. It’s one thing to be able to feel the paper between your fingers, and to smell the ink while you’re reading it… but there’s something so amazing to be able to really view such crisp and beautiful artwork on screen. My goodness. I think this has given me a much greater appreciation for Alphona’s artwork (even though I absolutely loved it before).

One of the best things about this book is that each of the characters are so different and none of them are your stereotypical popular high school kid. It gives the opportunity for anyone who reads this to find one character that they can really relate to – I don’t know why this series isn’t more popular than it is.

I love that in every one of these books, we really see some kind of emotional development in at least one of the characters. Seeing how Victor has grown first we first saw him, and knowing that he isn’t human, really makes him one of the more interesting characters. I mean, yeah, he also has all kinds of parent issues to get over as well, and he’s no stranger to the teenage angst that the other characters go through, but the whole robot/AI/whatever angle seems to be something that our group of Runaways was missing.

Chase was the other character who I think really had great development in this volume – here he was, all set out to get revenge and in the end let the one he was going to get revenge on set free. He’s dealt with a lot of emotional shit for the last little bit, so seeing how he reacted to it gave a lot of insight into his true character.

The next two books in the series are actually the first two that I read, way back in the day. I never actually got around to blogging about them here, so I think it’s time that I reread them (which I am quite looking forward to as they had been a lot of fun!)

The Bottom Line

Loved. That is all.

Posted by Courtney Wilson @ 7:16 am April 22, 2015.
Category: Speculative Fiction
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