GiveWarAChance wrote:When I think of Niko and Mettle I don't think of them as being popular characters. I read Runaways and Avengers Academy and thought they were both great comic books. Sure, you can say they both had a cult fanbase, but cult doesn't equal popular. They are two characters that come from cancelled team books. I don't even know if the average comic fan could even tell me who they are.
Dude, I like you...you're good people.
But did you really just say that Cult doesn't equal popular? You know how much of an oxymoron that whole sentence is?
From a trade/collection standpoint both Runaways and Academy do extremely well for Marvel. (surprisingly a lot of Gage's collected work sells incredibly well in collected format.)
I'm pretty sure if you asked the average comic book fan, we're talking the most casual reader in the world here who Nico was they'd know who you were talking about.
Runaways is definitely one of those "gateway drug" comics.