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Dead End Kids

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Dead End Kids

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Paperback, Diamond Comic Distributors, 2008, ISBN13 9780785123897, ISBN10 078512389X
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I was fairly excited abou

I was fairly excited about reading Joss Whedon's take on the Runaways, my current favorite comic title. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't as good as I was expecting. The Runaways are on the run again, back in New York now that they no longer have a hideout in Los Angeles. They agree to commit a criminal act for the Kingpin in exchange for his help. This leads them into a battle with the Punisher, ninjas, and a giant winged creature. The device they were sent to steal turns out to be a time travel component for the Leapfrog. Trapped in the past, they become involved with the superpowered groups battling in New York City. First of all, the art is gorgeous as usual and Joss has no trouble keeping the kids in character. The problem lies in the story, or lack thereof. Basically the entire plot is the Runaways go back in time and then they come back. Sure, they pick up a new team member, Chase and Nico both get upgrades, and Vic falls in love, but a lot of the action takes place offscreen. Hopefully in further issues these subplots are explained a bit more. I'd love to now how Nico started levitating.

I was fairly excited abou

I was fairly excited about reading Joss Whedon's take on the Runaways, my current favorite comic title. While it wasn't bad, it wasn't as good as I was expecting. The Runaways are on the run again, back in New York now that they no longer have a hideout in Los Angeles. They agree to commit a criminal act for the Kingpin in exchange for his help. This leads them into a battle with the Punisher, ninjas, and a giant winged creature. The device they were sent to steal turns out to be a time travel component for the Leapfrog. Trapped in the past, they become involved with the superpowered groups battling in New York City. First of all, the art is gorgeous as usual and Joss has no trouble keeping the kids in character. The problem lies in the story, or lack thereof. Basically the entire plot is the Runaways go back in time and then they come back. Sure, they pick up a new team member, Chase and Nico both get upgrades, and Vic falls in love, but a lot of the action takes place offscreen. Hopefully in further issues these subplots are explained a bit more. I'd love to now how Nico started levitating.

I have to wonder if Whedo

I have to wonder if Whedon and Vaughan decided to swap books for one run. Here, Joss takes on Runaways, while Vaughan also wrote a run of Buffy Season 8. Was it planned? Who knows. So, Joss writes our Runaways back to New York and a meeting with the Kingpin. This leads to them stealing something that might have belonged to their parents, the Punisher on their trail, and a horribly scarred flying beast of a man who works for a little old lady. All of this lands the team a hundred years in their past, New York 1907, where things grow tense between street gangs and a group of do-gooders calling themselves the "Upward Path" (think if a bunch of religious zealots and teetotalers became superheroes). The group makes some new friends along the way, but who will make it out of 1907 and back to the present? This one feels very Joss, which can be off-putting, but I enjoyed it. Nice to see another talented writer take on Vaughan's characters.

This was more Joss Whedon

This was more Joss Whedon than Runaways, which I don't have a problem with, but there was way too much going on in very little space. I have also decided that I must read more superhero comic books - artsy graphic novels are great and all, but I hate not getting references.

This was a disappointment

This was a disappointment. I wanted to like it, but ... blah. Vaughan left Whedon in a tight spot; I get that--some old characters gone, new characters who hadn't really gotten firmly established, and all that. But after this 6-issue collection of Whedon's run, those new characters still aren't really established and have little recognizable personality of their own. Even the better-established characters all sort of run together into an amalgam of Teen Superhero Love Triangle.Plot-wise? not too much. A trip back in time to 1907. Need I say more?I'm still reading it, and am interested to see what Terry Moore can do. But this volume--this action-heavy superhero volume--didn't impress me the way the previous, character-driven ones did.
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