Runaways 8: Dead End Kids – Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon has taken over and that makes this a long and dense read. Rather than starting off slowly he jumps in with a time travel story. So not only do we have a large ensemble cast plus hero and villain cameos but a whole new century to marvel at.

It is very wordy with every panel bursting at the seams with text. But none of those words is wasted. Every inch of space is crammed full of drama, romance, twists, and with the 1900’s setting plenty of social commentary. And clearly not one for half measures he adds more members to the team.

Whedon was a long-term fan of the series and it is great to see him pick up the ball and run with it. The cameos are just there for comic relief but they do eat up page-time from our stars.

The art is incredible as the period setting must have taken a great deal of research. The backgrounds are very detailed and everything feels authentic. Ryan puts everything he can on the page with beautiful framing and confident lighting. Sadly it looks like the book was made full size and shrunk to digest size as the lettering is tiny.

Double Thumbs Up!

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