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Review: Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers

Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers
Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers by Christopher Yost
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Unlike the previous crossover volume, this one felt like I was reading an after-school tween oriented cartoon set to print. Reading this volume was a very disappointing experience. Aside from the apparent intended audience being set for somebody much younger than me, the writing was relatively clear and concise. This was a very shallow book that touched on a very complex part of a universe spanning event for Marvel Comics, and really felt like it failed to live up to its potential.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids

Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids
Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids by Joss Whedon
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Yep, Joss did it again. He took a story that was actually pretty good and kicked it up a couple of levels. Probably one of the best time travel stories I have read in some time, and he did a great job circling back to the beginning with it. Can’t really say more than that. If you like Joss Whedon’s work you will enjoy this volume. I only wish he manned the helm for this series for more than just this story arc and volume.

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Review: Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways

Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways
Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways by Zeb Wells
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting story, and I suspect the start of something far more interesting in the future. These two teams are a good mesh and the potential for trouble when the two of them get together is exponentially greater than when they are apart. This is exactly what you want with any cross-over book! I haven’t really checked the writing credits, but I can tell that the normal writer of Runaways was not an active writer for this volume. The book didn’t suffer for the lack of the regular writer, and if anything the writing style actually felt somewhat more mature for the change. I suspect that the lead writer was more familiar with working with the Young Avengers cast of characters, but they did a good job of blending the two differing styles together. I look forward to more such event books.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast

Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast
Runaways, Vol. 7: Live Fast by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This series just keeps getting better. I really enjoyed the little plot twists in this volume, especially the one at the very end. More and more I am finding that my expectations for the story and the characters don’t match up with the reality of what the writer is writing, and I rather enjoy that little problem. Now to move on to the next volume in the story…or rather, go back and read the cross-over book with Young Avengers which apparently precedes this volume in the overall continuity.

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Review: Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance

Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance
Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Very nice! I thought I had a twist figured out, and while I was in the neighborhood I was very wrong in my assumption. I rather enjoy being wrong when a story is as well written as this one proved to be. Happily they seem to have sacked the artist that I disliked so much from the prior volume and the artwork is back to normal. Some very good writing in this volume, and now it is time for me to pick up the next volume and move on with the story.

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