Runaways #2 REVIEW: 9/10! A darker YA story by Noelle Stevenson

Review by Draven Katayama (loudlysilent)

Runaways jumps from the relatively lighthearted first issue to an extremely dark, even traumatic follow-up. Noelle Stevenson puts Jubilee, Pixie, Sanna, Amadeus Cho, Delphyne, and Skaar on a team fighting in a Hunger Games-like simulation. Amadeus has a prominent role with a lot of leadership and many lines spoken. Delphyne again speaks very little, and we still want to see more backstory and development of her character.

Jubilee and Pixie provide this issue’s emotional center. Sanford Greene and John Rauch make the simulation look immersive with deep blues and pixels of purple. I like the way Greene draws characters posed to fight, like Sanna wielding an ice mace, and Delphyne preparing to shoot an arrow.

Stevenson writes a story with tension and solid character development. Stevenson combines the best elements of the YA and dystopian genres with complex, intriguing characters. This is the darker teen series we’ve been waiting for.

RATING: 9 out of 10

Release date: July 8, 2015