Thursday, December 07, 2006

Graphic Novel A Day: Runaways Vol. 2 HC

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Adrian Alphona, Takeshi Miyazawa, Skottie Young, etc.
Company: Marvel Comics
Price: $24.99 ($16.49 at Amazon)

Runaways is one of my favorite series, and hardcover is definitely the format of choice. This one, collecting #1-12 of volume two, had a lot to live up to, because that first hardcover was a thing of beauty. 18 issues collecting the entire first series, tons of extras including a series proposal by Vaughan, etc. Volume two isn't as good, but only by comparison to that first volume. In all other ways, this is a great read, and the perfect package for it. The stories include the introduction of Victor Mancha and the revelation of his super-villain dad, the introduction of Excelsior (former teen heroes trying to convince others to stay out of the game) and a road trip to New York to help out Cloak & Dagger. The extras are sparse compared to the last one, but they do include a script to volume two #1 by Vaughan and a few pages of sketches from Alphona. And that sweet original cover by Alphona, packed full of references to the stories, is so good that it matches right up there with the level of cover quality I've come to expect from usual cover artist Jo Chen.

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