Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever

Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever

The Runaways are a family again! But a family needs a guardian, and the only Runaway who's got her life together is in middle school. And, even for a kid like Molly who likes her classes, that can be fraught with peril. Meanwhile, there's a new arrival as the gang welcomes Karolina's girlfriend - Julie Power of Power Pack! Having an experienced adventurer around will be us...

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Title:Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever
Author:Rainbow Rowell
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Edition Language:English

Runaways, Vol. 2: Best Friends Forever Reviews

  • Simone

    That last issue! The whole arc was great and I thoroughly enjoyed every issue, but wow, that last one! I have three spoilery shouts:

    That last issue! The whole arc was great and I thoroughly enjoyed every issue, but wow, that last one! I have three spoilery shouts:

    So.. yeah. Totally in love with this series and these characters. I'm living in Scotland for a few months, which means I can buy the issues right when they come out, instead being a month behind on everyone else because of shipping. Good thing, too, because I need to find out what happens next ASAP. It's gonna be great.

  • Iris Nevers

    [Read in single issues]

    What a fantastic volume! I never read past the third volume of the original Runaways series so I know there's a lot of history with there characters that I don't know. But with the way Rainbow (can I call her that? I read so much of her stuff, I'm starting to feel like she's a really close friend so I'll call her Rainbow) writes, I don't feel 100% out of the loop. I love how she brings up things that previously happened in their history but makes it feel natural. She ackno

    [Read in single issues]

    What a fantastic volume! I never read past the third volume of the original Runaways series so I know there's a lot of history with there characters that I don't know. But with the way Rainbow (can I call her that? I read so much of her stuff, I'm starting to feel like she's a really close friend so I'll call her Rainbow) writes, I don't feel 100% out of the loop. I love how she brings up things that previously happened in their history but makes it feel natural. She acknowledges that these characters have a deep, rich history and uses that to her advantage by weaving a story that both old and new readers will appreciate.

    This is definitely one of my favorite titles coming out of Marvel and it will always be on my pull list.

  • I.

    A better arc than the last, as the Runaways have finally gotten the band back together and are ready to go on adventures again. But of course, Karolina's girlfriend, who for some reason IS NOT NICO? shows up and ruins everything. Chase and Nico become parents. Victor gets a vacuum. A certain doom-y friend shows up looking sharp. Molly makes a friend. Gert and Old Lace... just chill I don't really remember what they did. I want to eat this comic because it looks so pretty.

  • TJ

    While I enjoyed Rainbow Rowell's first volume a lot, this second volume was AMAZING! She's really not afraid to move these characters in new directions and mix up their relationships. The first volume was basically going back to the roots of the team, but this one is moving them forward, and I'm loving where they're all going. I can't wait to see where Rowell takes them next! 5/5 stars, and definitely a worthy continuation of the original comics.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    [Read as single issues]

    The band may be back together, but that doesn’t mean that they’re playing in harmony. With tensions running high and every member of the Runaways coping with their everything-old-is-new-again situation differently, it’s only a matter of time before things explode. All it takes is a surprise visit from Karolina’s girlfriend and a magical age-defying cupcake, not to mention Doctor Doom, and the Runaways fragile family bonds may fracture before they’ve even unpacked their bag

    [Read as single issues]

    The band may be back together, but that doesn’t mean that they’re playing in harmony. With tensions running high and every member of the Runaways coping with their everything-old-is-new-again situation differently, it’s only a matter of time before things explode. All it takes is a surprise visit from Karolina’s girlfriend and a magical age-defying cupcake, not to mention Doctor Doom, and the Runaways fragile family bonds may fracture before they’ve even unpacked their bags.

    Best Friends Forever is a clever little arc. Rainbow Rowell does a bait and switch, making it as if the main plotline she introduces is going to be the most important one, but it actually impacts one of the subplots even moreso and becomes something entirely different by the end of the four issues. The character interactions remain absolutely top notch; I’ve never seen anyone get these characters as well as she does since Brian Vaughan created them and that’s high praise indeed. The way she threads in previous continuity like Avengers AI and Julie and Karolina’s relationship is perfectly pitched so that it nods to past stories without confusing new readers, and the voices she gives the characters are all so distinct, and yet so effortlessly done.

    The true masterpiece of this volume though is probably the last two issues, two one-and-dones that deal with the aftermath of Best Friends Forever while focusing more on the individual characters than the whole group. Issue 11 brings Gert into the spotlight for the first time properly since she was brought back to life, and how she copes with both the new dynamic between her and the other characters and her and the rest of the world now that things have changed is again practically perfect. Meanwhile issue 12 looks at Karolina and Nico, picking up some plot threads that Brian Vaughan left hanging and running with them fantastically, before ending on a gut-punch of an ending that I didn’t expect to come into play just yet.

    Of course, I can’t leave out Kris Anka. His eye for design makes all of these characters look like real people, in real clothing, and there’s no effort spared in any issue to make sure that they’re wearing new, always appropriate outfits. He does so much with so little, and his facial expressions are absolutely amazing – you’ve never seen a deinonychus look as expressive as Old Lace does here, and even with some help from Craig Yeung and Triona Farrell in place of his usual inker (himself) and colourist (Matt Wilson), this book doesn’t miss a beat on the art front either.

    I cannot stop singing the praises of Runaways. From the story to the characters to the art to the respect for what came before, it’s literally doing everything right. If there was a rating higher than five stars, I’d be giving it out. Runaways is the perfect comic book, and I don’t think I’ve ever said that about any comic ever.

  • Eli Seibert

    4.5 stars. I think having the characters be a little older really works. They're a little more matured, and more rational about a lot of things. All the while still being the characters we love. PS: Thank you Rainbow Rowell, for writing a Chase Stein I actually enjoy reading.

  • Nicole

    3.75 stars

  • robinnette

    3.5/5

    It was a fun and engaging read but still it was lacking something for me. I love the rebuilding Victor plot and random appearances of the Doombot, how the Runaways are trying to be a family even though they've been apart for long... But I think the romances and relationship dramas are moving a little too fast for me. While I love how Karolina and Nico's relationship is developing, it got a little spoiled for me how it was intertwined with Julie's plot. I'm not really sure about Gert and her

    3.5/5

    It was a fun and engaging read but still it was lacking something for me. I love the rebuilding Victor plot and random appearances of the Doombot, how the Runaways are trying to be a family even though they've been apart for long... But I think the romances and relationship dramas are moving a little too fast for me. While I love how Karolina and Nico's relationship is developing, it got a little spoiled for me how it was intertwined with Julie's plot. I'm not really sure about Gert and her developments in that area, though. But I need to say I adore Kris Anka's style – he's the perfect artist for this series. It's still an enjoyable read but still not totally in love with it.

  • Shadowdenizen

    4.5 stars.

    The relaunch of Runaways continues to fire on all cylinders! AND they brought in a member of Power Pack?!?! Awesome!

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