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Runaways (comics)

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Publisher  Marvel Comics
Writer  Kathryn Immonen
Genre  Superhero
Author  Brian K. Vaughan
Artist  Sara Pichelli
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First appearance  Runaways #1 (July 2003)
Created by  Brian K. Vaughan (writer) Adrian Alphona (artist)
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 Victor Mancha Old Lace Nico Minoru Klara Prast Chase Stein Former Members: Topher Alex Wilder Xavin Gertrude Yorkes
Main characters  Nico Minoru, Molly Hayes, Karolina Dean
Books  Runaways, Hidden Powers (Runaways, A New Friend (Runaways, The Hostel (Runaways
Similar  Young Avengers, Giant‑Size X‑Men, Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways, Secret Invasion, New Warriors

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 of 2003 as part of Marvel Comics' "Tsunami" imprint. The series had been canceled in September 2004 at issue eighteen, but due to high numbers of trade collection sales, Marvel revived the series in February 2005.


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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, dark wizards, mad scientists, alien invaders and telepathic mutants. The kids steal weapons and resources from their parents, and learn 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 futuristic gloves, while 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 cyborg Victor Mancha, shape-shifting Skrull Xavin, and plant-manipulator Klara Prast.

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Since the original groups' 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, but the characters have been seen in other comics.

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Publication history

Series creator Brian K. Vaughan pitched Runaways in 2003 as a part of Marvel's Tsunami imprint, the goal of which was to attract new readers, particularly young readers and the manga audience. Marvel editorial staff agreed to it immediately, prompting Wizard Magazine to name the series as "one of the best original concepts from Marvel in thirty years." The Tsunami imprint turned out to be unsuccessful, and the series ended at issue #18. After the series' sales in digests, Vaughan pitched the idea again to Marvel, who accepted it. As of 2009, the series has been in continuous publication since its relaunch - though Volume 2 was ended with issue 30, with the following month seeing the first issue of Volume 3. However, the final issue printed from the series was in November, 2009.

Writer Brian K. Vaughan has claimed that he had only planned to write Runaways for six months (six issues), but because of the popularity of the series and new ideas from Vaughan, Marvel decided to continue issuing it on a monthly basis. In 2007, Brian K. Vaughan announced his departure from Runaways, deciding to leave the series at the top of its game. Longtime Runaways-fan Joss Whedon was hand-picked by Vaughan to write an arc and finish the second volume; although Whedon had declined at first, he later accepted.

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In 2008, writer Terry Moore, alongside artist Humberto Ramos became the new creative team for the third volume. In Blair Butler's "Fresh Ink" segment on the cable television station G4 show Attack of the Show Marvel revealed that Kathryn Immonen and Sarah Pichelli were the new creative team. They started with issue #11 of Volume 3, which will "start with a prom and end with a death"; Marvel editor Nick Lowe quotes that "It feels so right and so wrong at the same time? To be honest, and no offense to Joss or Terry, I hadn't felt this way since Gert died." The story ended with a major cliffhanger that was resolved in other comics.

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After three years the Runaways returned in the story arc "Pride Comes Before It", in issues 17 to 19 of Daken: Dark Wolverine. They appeared in Avengers Academy #27-28. Since then, Victor Mancha became a regular character in the robot themed comic Avengers A.I., while Nico Minoru and Chase Stein became part of the cast in Avengers Arena, and its sequel Avengers Undercover.

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In February 2015, it was announced that a new Runaways series would be launching during Marvel's Secret Wars crossover, featuring a new cast set on Battleworld, a Parallel universe. The lineup of the new team included Molly Hayes, but all new members. Additionally, Nico Minoru was featured in A-Force. Nico was also used on a second run of A-Force, this time based in the mainstream Marvel Universe, but was cancelled after ten issues.


When Alex, Chase, Gert, Karolina, Molly, and Nico witness their parents ("The Pride") sacrifice a girl in an occult ceremony, the group runs off. As the story progresses, the children learn of their heritage and abilities, and steal resources from their parents, including futuristic gauntlets, a dinosaur, and a mystical Staff. Using these resources, they manage to remove their parents from their criminal hold of Los Angeles, but they lose Alex in the final battle, due to Alex's true loyalty to his parents. With the Pride defeated, the Runaways now vow to prevent other villains from filling in the void left by their parents. They eventually meet cyborg Victor Mancha and shape-shifting alien Skrull Xavin, and invite them to join the team. Right before the Runaways defeat a new incarnation of the Pride and Alex's resurrected father, Gertrude is fatally wounded. Before she passes, she transfers her power to control Old Lace to Chase.

In the Civil War crossover event, the Young Avengers travel to Los Angeles to help the Runaways fight off the government agents and Flag-Smasher. The two teams encounter Noh-Varr, who works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and attempts to capture the teenagers. Chase then hatches a plan, without the consent of the rest of the team, to sacrifice himself to the Gibborim, but the team comes to save him, which then causes the Gibborim to be obliterated. When the Runaways are accidentally time-displaced in 1907, they encounter the deceased Runaway Gertrude Yorke's parents. After defeating the Yorkes and deadly gang war, plant-manipulator Klara Prast joins the Runaways when they return to the present. Upon returning from 1907, the Runaways find themselves in New York helping the Young Avengers during the Secret Invasion, where the Skrull Armada has invaded seeking Hulkling. Xavin pretended to be loyal to the Skrulls to protect her friends during an attack, but helps them retreat away from the battle.

The Runaways are hunted by several remaining Majesdanian soldiers with the desire to capture Karolina for the problems caused on their planet; in a twisted turn of events, however, Xavin shape-shifts into Karolina and leaves with the Majesdanians. The Runaways also prevent a zombie epidemic in Los Angeles. Molly also visits the X-Men in San Francisco and reconciles with Wolverine. The team is attacked while staying in Chase's parent's beach house. Old Lace is critically wounded saving Klara, who's powers cause foliage to keep the house from crumbling, but trapping everybody. A man alleging to be Chase's uncle appears and tries to help, but is followed by the military. The team runs away, but Chase separates and is critically wounded in a car accident while running across the street chasing a figure reminiscent to Gertrude.

The reunited Runaways later appeared with Daken in an uneasy alliance with him in order to take down Marcus Roston, a superpowered criminal with ties to the Pride. Then they appeared again at the Avengers Academy asking for help in finding Old Lace, who has been banished into a secret dimension.

The Runaways partially disbanded afterwards, with Victor joining Hank Pym's Avengers A.I. team while Nico and Chase were both captured by Arcade and forced to fight for their lives in Avengers Arena, later joining other teen superheroes who survived Arcade's games in Avengers Undercover. Chase makes allusions to returning to take care of Karolina, Molly, and Klara, and being angry that Nico did not do the same. By the end of Avengers Undercover, however, the Runaways seem to be together once again.


The series does not use concepts of regular superhero behavior, such as aliases, uniforms, and team names. All the characters in volume 1, except Alex Wilder, adopt codenames, but they stop using their codenames by the end of volume 1. Unlike many other super hero teams, the Runaways have more females than males. At one point, there was only one male on the team with four females, prompting other groups to refer to him as "the girls' getaway man". At another point, the team has two males, four females and one gender shifter (and a female dinosaur).

Early in the series, Molly is the only character who makes a costume but creates it from old bed sheets and clothes, not the traditional uniform of superhero costumes; she never wears the costume again. During battle, the Runaways mainly fight in their street clothes and call each other by their given names. Furthermore, the children almost never refer to themselves as "the Runaways" as the series' title might suggest; their team simply goes unnamed, except for one brief instance, when Nico calls them "the Runaways", and tells them to "run away". Other Marvel characters in the Marvel Universe usually refer to the nameless team as "the Pride's kids" or "those kids in L.A." Vaughan even mocks the notion of superhero catchphrases such as "Hulk smash!", "It's Clobberin' Time", or "Avengers assemble!". During a battle with Swarm, Nico semi-sarcastically tells Victor the team's rallying call is "Try not to die". However, despite Vaughan's efforts to break down the superhero clichés within Runaways, Marvel's handbooks and website still refer to the characters by their codenames. The Marvel miniseries Mystic Arcana, published late in 2007, features Nico Minoru under her superhero alias "Sister Grimm", a name she has not answered to since Runaways volume two began; the character one-shot's story takes place between 17 and 18 of Runaways volume 1 but she is not referred to by the code-name in it.


Excelsior was a support group consisting of former teenage superheroes from defunct Marvel comic series (though one of their members - Lightspeed - was and remains a cast member of a financially and critically successful series of Power Pack books aimed at younger readers). Excelsior was founded by Mickey Musashi (Turbo of the New Warriors) and Phil Urich (the heroic former Green Goblin), and the group's stated goals were to help fellow/former teenage superheroes to adjust to normal lives and dissuade other super-powered teenagers from becoming heroes, though this rationale (and by extension the team themselves) was made redundant by the events of Civil War (in which it became a legal requirement for all U.S. resident superheroes in the Marvel universe to register with the United States government for training, or face imprisonment). Though they originally debuted under the name "Excelsior", the title of the spin-off series was changed from Excelsior to Loners, due to copyright issues, as Stan Lee holds a trademark on the term "Excelsior!" The team do not refer to themselves as "The Loners", however, as this is not the name of the group within their story (in such a context it would be an oxymoron), and the group is simply not named directly by characters.


Originally, the team featured six main Runaways, remaining constant throughout the first volume (18 chapters) of Runaways.

The original six are:

  • Nico Minoru, the daughter of dark wizards, is a witch capable of manipulating magic. She is the group's leader.
  • Karolina Dean, the daughter of alien invaders, is a solar-powered alien. She is in a relationship with Xavin.
  • Molly Hayes, the daughter of telepathic mutants, is a mutant whose powers include super-strength and invulnerability.
  • Chase Stein, the son of mad scientists, steals his father's flame generating/manipulating gauntlets called "the Fistigons".
  • Alex Wilder, the son of mafia bosses, was a child prodigy at strategic thinking and planning.
  • Gertrude Yorkes, the daughter of time-traveling criminals, used to have an empathic and telepathic link with Old Lace.
  • Old Lace, a genetically engineered dinosaur from the 87th century, had a telepathic and empathic bond with Gert and Chase.
  • Later members include:

  • Victor Mancha, the creation of the Avengers' foe Ultron and Marianella Mancha, is a cyborg who can manipulate electricity and metal.
  • Xavin, the child of Skrull warlords, can shape-shift and also manifest the powers of the Fantastic Four.
  • Klara Prast, a Swiss immigrant to America from 1907 and child bride of an abusive older man, can control the growth of plants.
  • Heroine

    At one point, Gertrude's future self travels back in time. She is in her thirties, and without Old Lace, and her superhero name is Heroine at this time. Nico reveals, with the aid of magic, that this version of Gertrude is the leader of the Avengers of her time line. Superheroes in her time includes characters to yet make an official appearance in the regular Marvel Universe, including an "Iron Woman", a heroic Scorpion, the "Fantastic Fourteen", and "Captain Americas". She, the rest of her team, the X-Men (led by Armor), and the Fantastic Fourteen are killed by Victor Mancha's future self, who completed his original mission programmed by Ultron to become the ultimate supervillain "Victorious".

    House of M

    In the House of M reality warp, the Pride is mentioned as ruling not only Los Angeles, but all of Southern California. Unlike in the normal reality, their children stay with their parents. Karolina is mentioned as being a "go-to" girl for the Wolfpack. When the Scarlet Witch takes majority of the mutants populations' powers, Molly is one of the handful that keeps her powers.

    In an interview with Comic Book Resources, Brian K. Vaughan revealed that Runaways (despite being in the main Marvel Universe) will not refer to the House of M reality warp. Vaughan's reason for not wanting Runaways to refer to the Scarlet Witch's attack was because he did not want the readers of Runaways to be confused about the complex House of M storyline. He did, however say there would be a brief one-line reference, which happened in the following issue: after Molly angrily punches Wolverine out of a church, he lands in the snow and bitterly says, "Only 198 mutants left on the planet... and that girl had to be one of them." The events of House of M and "Decimation" are referred to later in an issue written by Chris Yost with Wolverine encountering Molly again and stating, "I don't know if you're keeping up with the current events, but there used to be millions of mutants and now there's under 200."

    Marvel Zombies

    In Marvel Zombies/Army of Darkness #2, the Blob is chased by various zombie super heroes. Behind him, in the background, zombie versions of the Runaways are shown feeding upon Old Lace.

    Wha... Huh?

    Goofy versions of the original team, including Alex Wilder, are seen in the Wha... Huh? one shot as part of a joke about Wolverine appearing in every comic including Archie, Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Pokémon.

    What If...?

    In December 2008, all five issues of What If...? featured the Runaways becoming the Young Avengers as back-up stories. The five-part back-up feature (entitled What If Runaways became Young Avengers?) illustrates how Iron Lad recruits the Runaways as the next new wave of the Avengers, forcing them to be an actual super-hero team with costumes. Although it is later revealed that the Iron Lad that brought them together was actually Victor Mancha – Iron Lad ran into Victor's future self when attempting to flee to the Avengers' era, with Victorious travelling back with him and using Victor to hi-jack his equipment – Kang's attempt to rescue his younger self results in Iron Lad being killed and Kang being erased from history while Victor destroys his future self and departs via Kang's time-belt to find his own way, leaving the Runaways to continue as Young Avengers with Chase now using parts of the Iron Lad armor after he was injured in a fight with Victorious. Written by C.B. Cebulski and drawn by Patrick "Spaz" Spaziante, the story had originally been called What If the Runaways didn't run away? But it was not until Cebulski accidentally stumbled onto the Young Avengers storyline that he decide to merge the two stories. Joe Quesada, editor in chief of Marvel Comics revealed early in his online interview feature, "MyCup o' Joe", that the main villain in the What if? storyline is Victorious, though Kang the Conqueror makes an appearance. A reviewer, Jesse Schedeen of IGN cited What If...? itself as "a let down", although the Runaways back-up story was positively received.

    Ultimate Marvel

    In the Ultimate Marvel universe, a version of the Runaways exist, but as an all mutant covert team under S.H.I.E.L.D. Director General Nick Fury called Ultimate X. After the events of Ultimatum, Nick Fury contacted former X-Men Jean Grey aka Karen Grant with a purpose to unite fellow mutants to combat threats mostly a conflict in Southeast Asian Republic/SEAR with two cities of superhumans. Members include Jimmy Hudson, son of the late Wolverine, Elizabeth "Liz" Allan aka Firestar, a former classmate of Spider-Man who discovered she was a pyrokinetic mutant, and Derek Morgan aka The Guardian, a vigilante in Chicago who can sprout wings, talons and glowing red eyes. The team was officially named The Runaways in Ultimate Comics: Ultimates.

    Secret Wars

    An alternate version of the Runaways star in the comic's fourth volume, taking place during Secret Wars under the Battleworld banner. The mini series was created by Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene. In the series, a different group of children, who are students at the Victor von Doom Institute for Gifted Youths in Doomstadt, discover that the school's annual "final exams" are actually fatal. They escape but are chased down by senior student Bucky Barnes, under orders from school headmaster Valeria Von Doom.

    The 'Secret Wars' crossover event series ended with 4 issues with no confirmation on whether or not the Runaways are returning for the All-New, All-Different Marvel event after Secret Wars.


    The new team includes alternate versions of Marvel heroes such as:

  • Amadeus Cho of the Warzone, supposedly the brains of the group, as he can rig into computers and Doombots. He slightly admires Delphyne Gorgon.
  • Cloak and Dagger of Arachnia, Tyrone is Dagger and Tandy is Cloak. The pair are siblings.
  • Delphyne Gorgon of Arcadia, another member of the Night Witches. She loses an arm during the story.
  • Frostbite (Sanna Strand) of Killville, a tough female who always sticks to the rules. She strongly dislikes Jubilee.
  • Jubilee of Limbo, a member of a gang-type group called the Night Witches. However, it is not confirmed whether she is a vampire or not.
  • Molly Hayes of the Kingdom of Manhattan, the only original Runaways character to appear.
  • Pixie (Megan Gwynn) of Mutopia, the third member of Night Witches. Currently deceased.
  • Skarr of Greenland, the Hulk of the group and Cho's bodyguard.
  • In 2005, Brian K. Vaughan won an Eisner Award for Runaways.
  • In 2006, the series won a Harvey Award for Best Continuing or Limited Series.
  • In 2006, the series won a Top Library Award.
  • In 2006, Runaways' hardcover version listed on the 2006 American Library Association's YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults. It was the only graphic novel to make the list.
  • In 2006, the series was also nominated for a Shuster Award.
  • In 2007, the series was nominated for the prestigious Georgia Peach Award.
  • In 2007, artist creator Adrian Alphona was nominated for another Shuster Award for Runaways vol. 2 #12-18, 22.
  • In 2009, Runaways: Dead End Kids hardcover version was listed on the 2009 American Library Association's YALSA Top Ten Books for Young Adults.
  • In 2009, cover artist Jo Chen was nominated for an Eisner Award for her work on Runaways.
  • Film

    In May 2008, a film version of the comic was in the scripting process, with Brian K. Vaughan writing and Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President of Production, producing. Feige has said, "In our discussions with Brian, we wanted him to be the person to bring it to life. I think it won't be a precise story line of any [of his comics], but certainly it will be most similar to the tone or origins of his structure in its initial run". A 2011 release was considered, as Feige had expected a finished script in early 2009. In April 2010, Peter Sollett emerged as the front runner to direct the movie. In May 2010, British screenwriter Drew Pearce, known for the TV series No Heroics, was reported to be writing the film for Marvel Studios. In July 2010, it was reported that filming would begin sometime between March - July 2011. On August 5, 2010, preliminary casting for the film began.

    In October 2010, production plans were halted due to Marvel focusing on The Avengers. It was hoped for that the film would be scheduled for release sometime in 2014, but the only two releases that year were Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy. In March 2013, Kevin Feige said during an interview that they elected not to make the film, but that Drew Pearce had been reassigned to Iron Man 3 on the strength of his Runaways script. Marvel Studios are developing Blade, Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Black Panther, Runaways and Doctor Strange films. On September 24, 2013, Pearce revealed that the film is currently shelved due to the success of The Avengers, but also suggested it could see a release at some point in the future.


    While talking about All Hail the King, Pearce revealed he had been thinking about the possibility of Runaways being adapted as a TV series. In August 2016, Hulu ordered a pilot along with additional scripts for a Runaways TV series written by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Filming will start in February 2017. Although this is a Marvel Television produced show it is unknown if it will take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was later announced that Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage were jointly hired to be co-showrunners of the series. In February 2017, Head of Marvel Television, Jeff Loeb, announced that the roster of the team had been cast with Lyrica Okano, Virginia Gardner, Allegra Acosta, Gregg Sulkin, Rhenzy Feliz, and Ariela Barer will appear in the series as Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Molly Hernandez, Chase Stein, Alex Wilder, and Gert Yorkes respectively. Later that same month the cast for their parents, the team of supervillains known as The Pride, were announced.

    Video Games

    Nico Minoru, Karolina Dean, Victor Mancha, Chase Stein (alongside Old Lace) and Molly Hayes appear as playable characters Playdom's Marvel: Avengers Alliance. Chase also appears as an unlockable playable character in Lego Marvel's Avengers. Nico Minoru also appears as a playable character in Marvel: Future Fight.


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