Anything that features a panel like this has got to be good.

So in the mid 2000’s Marvel comics thought they should try to cash in on this manga craze (which kinda imploded in upon itself a year or so ago) and put out a series of new titles in the so called Tsunami line.  This line was intended to be aimed at younger readers and primarily those who enjoy the manga and featured stuff like Namor, Sentinel and Runaways. Of course anything that Marvel tried that doesn’t involve their core characters seems to last about 10 issues these days so most of these didn’t get very far.  Except for Runaways.  OK, sure, fine – it’s not coming out any more but it lasted a good old long time and there’s been talk of a movie over the last few years so that’s nothing to sneeze at!

The general idea behind Runaways is about a group of teenagers who find out their parents are actually supervillains and they..surprise, surprise..go on the run.  It’s a great series – not initially focused on superheroes at all which was a nice change.

The second volume of the series tended to be more centred in the Marvel universe with appearances from Spider-man, Wolverine and the gang and to be honest suffered a bit for it.

 After the creators left it just wasn’t the same.  Marvel kept trying to relaunch it with new writers such as Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo)  and Joss Wheadon (Buffy, Firefly, Astonishing X-men) but the magic just wasn’t there.

Initially it was collected as digests , again mimicking the manga format but since then its been re released as oversized hardcovers and general trade paperback collections.

At the moment we don’t have the complete series  but have enough to get you going! I think I’ll have to go out and buy the missing volumes as soon as possible.  We have volumes 1 and 2 of the first series (missing volume 3, sorry about that chief).  We also have volumes 5 and 6 which cover the middle of the second series.  All volumes are by the series original creators.

Finally we have the Volume 3 relaunch of the series by Terry Moore and Humberto Ramos called Dead Wrong. (Comics, everyone! Confusing ain’t it!)  I think it’s a bit of a downgrade from the original but that might just be me.

So go ahead and click on some of these pretty covers I’ve put up above and try the series out.  Its definitely one of the under appreciated series that Marvel has put out in the last decade or so and well worth reading.