By Zak Edwards
Jun 3, 2009 - 12:59
Writer(s): Christopher Yost & James Asmus
Penciller(s): Sara Pichelli & Emma Rios
Colourist(s): Christina Strain
Letterer(s): Joe Carmagna
Cover Artist(s): David Lafuente
With Terry Moore off of Runaways, a new creative team has come together for a single issue to tell a couple of stories, one significantly longer than the other. When I saw the solicitation for this issue, I was excited. Christopher Yost is one of my favourite writers at Marvel Comics, and having him bring his abilities with books starring teenage characters to a title like Runaways seems to be an inevitability. After reading this issue, I hope Yost returns to this title sometime in the near future, having written an amazing one-off story. The second story, written by James Asmus with art by Emma Rios, is only about half the length of the first, but packs in quite a lot of fun for being a such a short story.
Sara Pichelli’s art complements the story very well. Emotionally expressive with some exaggeration for dramatic and comedic effect works well with the story Yost has written. The characters are a little melodramatic to reflect their over-the-top attitudes and actions. Christina Strain’s bright colouring adds to the the whole effect, lighting up the world Molly is inhabiting.
The bonus story in the back, written by James Amus with art by Emma Rios, moves at a much quicker pace. The story is only eleven pages and as such, much is left for the reader to fill in, like why the monster they are fighting is actually even there. But the final joke of the entire story more than makes up for these forgivable constraints. I have a feeling the joke was thought of first and the rest of the story after, but you will have to read it to get what I am talking about.
8.5/10 Delivers in every way a Runaways issue has become to be expected. Almost everything at the top of its game.