'Rock Zombies Part One' -
Moore, Miyazawa and Strain
Runaways was one of the first few comics that I started to read when I first diverged from my 4 comic pull list of mostly x-men titles. Runaways and Young Avengers were two titles that I tried that just had a different feel to them. And Runaways thanks to the amazing writing has stayed on my now much larger pull list to this day.
Now the problem with reviewing a book later in the week, means you end up either agreeing with everyone or contesting your point, however this week I just seem to be agreeing.
Ever since the end of Brian K Vaughn’s run has finished, the Runaways’ seem directionless and without cause. Joss Whedon’s run was good and would have been better if it had come out on time, but it was basically a “filler” arc. With Moore coming on and the re-numbering of the series, it would have been a perfect opportunity, to take a good look at the team, give them a purpose, a drive. This very much is Moore’s fault, I can’t find a single fault with his other work to date, but as a writer, it comes to you to make a book worth reading. I can’t believe this book has been reduced to Chase having a job, and some lame zombie/magic/villains.
Now the art itself is a high point of contention. I loved Miyazawa when he filled in on the old runaways volumes. I mean if it had to be a fill-in artist, I’m glad he pulled it off as well as he did. However now it feels like he just thinks he has free reign to redesign or slightly tweak the characters. I thought Chase was a girl, and victor looks like he’s come down with a nasty case of anorexia.
I always looked forward to the HC’s as I’ve collected this series, but I can’t even see me picking the next one up when it comes out. Runaways has gone from one of my favourite marvel books, to one that I couldn’t even be bothered reading.
Story – 4
Art – 4
A big fat 4 overall this week