Comic book reviews for Runaways #25, Runaways #26, and Runaways #27 by Rainbow Rowell, Andrés Genolet, Federico Blee, Matthew Wilson, Joe Caramagna, Dee Cunniffe, Kris Anka, Walden Wong, and Jim Campbell
Average rating: 2.3/5 stars
Runaways #25 by Rainbow Rowell (writer)
Art: Andrés Genolet (artist), Federico Blee and Matthew Wilson (color artists), and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letterer)
Did I miss something? I’m not sure how Nico and Karolina’s super-heroics have led to the digging around their house. Though too many people do seem to know where they live. It appears that Rowell just wanted to have an excuse to give them a new home. This wouldn’t be the first time the Runaways have been on the road.
Not sure what to make of Doc Justice. It is nice to know that someone was fighting against the Pride, and I liked that he was surprised at how well the kids were raised and how they’re (mostly) all good people.
Molly’s sacrifice to feed Gib was cute. Even if it didn’t work, and I’m beyond tired of this plotline.
Chase being shirtless was a pretty good gag from Genolet. I do question how quickly they were able to pack up their lives and head out. They’ve lived there for years, and Chase alone has a ton of engineering equipment that wouldn’t be easily moveable.
Runaways #26 by Rainbow Rowell (writer)
Art: Andrés Genolet (artist), Dee Cunniffe (color artist), and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letterer)
Errr…what is happening here. I assume nothing good. The previous J-Team(s) all being dead (or presumably dead) is a huge red flag.
I hope that Matthew and Doc Justice are a couple. Perhaps, manservants just feel very DC. Or perhaps, this book needs to be more queer. It has a queer couple, and we see them fighting more evil than we do smooching. That seems off to me.
The doors labeled with “only girls” and “only boys” cracked me up. Also, it made me realize how few young men are in this book (which is rad).
The cat and Old Lace bringing “sacrifices” to feed Gib was pretty funny. Of course, that actually worked.
Runaways #27 by Rainbow Rowell (writer)
Art: Kris Anka (artist), Kris Anka and Walden Wong (inkers), Dee Cunniffe and Jim Campbell (color artists), and VC’s Joe Caramagna (letterer)
I’m just waiting here for the other shoe to drop with Doc Justice, the J-Team, and Matthew. Clearly, this first mission was a setup. If Doc Justice gave them each a job, none of them strayed from it, and everything came out perfectly: it was a setup. This was engineered to make them feel like a new team and make them trust Doc Justice even more.
That’s really what I don’t get — why do they trust Doc Justice so much, especially when the adults in their lives have turned out to be supervillains.
I wasn’t a big fan of the makeover scene. Though Nico’s first ridiculous costume and Gert’s comment about making sure that the bullets only hit her boobs was great. Sadly, all of Rowell’s meta about superhero costumes — particularly those given to girls and women, but there are a few jabs at male costumes — would’ve felt more groundbreaking 15 years ago. It felt mostly done already.
Gert will definitely be the one to discover whatever is up with Doc Justice. Or maybe Gib and this hunger problem. Yeah, chicken periods (aka eggs) weren’t going to be a real sacrifice to Gib.
I want Rowell to stop with the queerbaiting of Doc Justice and Matthew.