Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona

“Runaways” is created by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona, it is about a group of teenagers who discover that their parents are part of an evil crime organization that holds an annual killing of young girls. Horrified, they try to stop their parents and discover their superpowers along the way. Their parents are bent on counter-stopping their kids, including killing them. (Hey, they are card-carrying members of an evil organization after all.) I know it sounds horrid but it’s actually not. I can even see it as a PG-13 animated or live action movie with Will Smith and family in the lead (with special cameo from “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.”)

What I like most about “Runaways” is that it has a plot that is sustained throughout. It’s also not so much about having superpowers but it’s about outwitting one another. After all, what is the use of having superpowers if you’re “under-powered” in-between your ears?

“Runaways” is also about loyalty and sticking to one’s principles. I can’t explain anything beyond this without giving away the entire story but safe to say, “Runaways” is one smart story in an all-too familiar genre but with a fresh and smart twist.

– Elizabeth

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