Runaways #3 from Marvel Comics by Rainbow Rowell, Kris Anka, Matthew Wilson, and Joe Caramagna continues the new series of Marvel's teenage (and now older) runaways, and it keeps its streak as one of the best Marvel books out there right now.
Following Nico, Chase, Old Lace, and the resurrected Gert as they try to "get the band back together", they make a stop to try to pick up old friend Karolina. The only thing is: she's moved on with her life. Or has she?
What Rowell and team have put together with this story is something that truly feels in fitting with the original Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan et al. But that's not to say it retreads familiar ground — far from it. This Runaways feels like a true continuation to the original series, following the kids — some of whom have now grown up, of course. And some of whom have found themselves lives outside of their past together.
It's an interesting dynamic as the characters have to consider whether coming back together is the best thing for all of them. After all, some might not be up for running away from the world… and that's the other consideration: at this point, what would they be running away from?
It's a logical growth from everything that came before, and makes for compelling story. Moreover, the story is filled with the same kind of quirky humour and heartfelt care for the characters that made the original so beloved.
Anka's artwork on the series is perfect. Each character feels real, with a diversity of body shape, a diverse range of fashion, and for those that have gotten older, their new fashions feel like the natural progression of their old fashions. The characters feel real, and again, it's why everyone loved the original series so much. Anka was really the perfect choice for this title.
Add to this the colours by Wilson. Wilson's work here is sumptuous, perhaps no better illustrated than in the character of Karolina, a character who is a literal rainbow of light. Wilson makes her vibrant and glowing, and coupled with Anka's linework it makes for stunning pages indeed.
Runaways is frankly one of the most beautiful, intriguing, and strong books that Marvel has on the shelves right now.