Thursday Quotables: Runaways


Welcome back to Thursday Quotables! This weekly feature is the place to highlight a great quote, line, or passage discovered during your reading each week.  Whether it’s something funny, startling, gut-wrenching, or just really beautifully written, Thursday Quotables is where my favorite lines of the week will be, and you’re invited to join in!

Runaways, Vol. 6: Parental Guidance (Paperback)

Runaways: Parental Guidance (volume 6) by Brian K. Vaughan
Marvel, 2006

The teens in this series of comics/graphic novels have definitely earned their cynicism:

I know it seems weird, considering we were routinely fighting vampires and mythical giants, but back when we thought Alex was one of us, things were just… simpler. I mean, I always knew you should never trust your parents, but I was naive enough to think you could always trust your friends.

They’ve certainly been through more than their share of trauma:

“Whatever. I suppose the only time we ever really get to be happy in life — like, one hundred percent blissful — is when we’re little kids.”

“Because there’s less to worry about?”

“Because we’re too stupid to know how worried we should be.”

Runaways synopsis (Amazon):

This unusually clever, fun teen comic is based on the novel premise that parents don’t just seem evil, they actually are evil supervillains. Or so some kids find out one night while eavesdropping on a dastardly meeting they take to be a cocktail party. Although the children are each a “type” right out of sitcom land—the goth girl, the brain, the jock, the dreamboat, the shy one—they’re also fairly empathetic characters. Vaughan’s closely observed dialogue lends them authenticity and pathos as they go through the disturbing realization that their parents aren’t just jerks but actually mass-murderers. The plot builds from this initial discovery, as the kids band together, discover they, too, have superhuman powers and engage their parents in good, old-fashioned superhuman fisticuffs. The group goes on the run and discovers their parents have all of Los Angeles in their pockets—it’s enough to make a teenager feel more alienated than ever.

I just finished a marathon reading of the 11 volumes of books in this series, and despite being a bit uneven in places, overall I’d say this was a great reading binge for kicking off the New Year!

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10 thoughts on “Thursday Quotables: Runaways

    • Absolutely! There was a noticeable change after Vaughan, and the quality from there on out is really uneven. The last book just… ends (I guess it wasn’t necessarily intended to be the end of the series) — without really concluding the story at all, and in fact leaves a major cliffhanger. Frustrating. I hate to say it, but I even found #8 a letdown, and that’s the Joss Whedon volume! I feel disloyal even saying that… Still, I loved the books from Vaughan’s time, and I’m so glad to finally have read the series!

      • Ok, then it’s good I stopped reading when I did. I think the series was cancelled eventually, so that must be why it ends in a cliffhanger. How annoying!

        I glanced at the two first issues by Whedon, but wasn’t that into the story, so I didn’t read on (what with the warnings of the series getting worse and stuff). Vaughan just knew the characters best! I love Whedon, and most of his projects, but there are some I just don’t care for. So it goes.

    • Ha, so true! And I always felt the reverse as well while watching my kids — wouldn’t it be awful if we as adults still reacted so strongly to every disappointment and frustration? I’m picturing myself crying my eyes out and sobbing loudly when my boss disagrees with a proposal… I guess there’s something so free, though, about expressing yourself without worrying about how it will look!

  1. I’m glad you enjoyed these so much; I signed up for my own read-a-thon today – with Bout of Books and I hope I have as much fun next week as you’ve had this week! 🙂

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