Runaways is one of the many ongoing comic book series that went on hiatus due to COVID-19. Now, after months of waiting, the series made a surprise return this week with issue #32. The superstar creative team Rainbow Rowell, Natacha Bustos, Dee Cunniffe, and VC’S Joe Caramagna deliver a stellar issue that is well worth the wait.
This issue wastes no time. The opening pages jump right into a new plotline and then backtracks to show what led up to this happening. We also see the fallout of the team’s time with Doc Justice as members of the J-Team. Through the text and expressive art, you can clearly see how this impacts everyone and their relationship with one another. This includes Nico continuing to train with her staff, and Chase spending time in his lab. Molly is also shown looking at an advertisement for Krakoa, which hints at an anticipated plotline that will be explored in upcoming issues.
An absent character makes his return as a result of the team’s time away, and he quickly reminds us why he is a perfect addition to this cast of characters. These events lead to Gert making the choice that kicks off the next arc of the story. It also brings Gib into a new role, a new character that has already made himself a key member of the Runaways crew.
The writing in this issue is on par with the great writing that has been throughout this series. As stated earlier, the text gives insight into the emotional state of the characters and moves the storyline along. The dialogue is filled with humor and reactions that are very in-character. The serious moments and more lighthearted ones are well-balanced and make for a read that doesn’t feel too dismal, but not too humorous at the same time.
The art is very well done. Each character continues to have their own unique style and look, and facial expressions are also captured perfectly. The coloring is bright and bold, which makes the pages stand out and captivating.
Runaways #32 is an issue with solid writing and excellent art. It is the beginning of a new chapter in the Runaways’ story, which makes it a great starting point for new readers while also continuing to keep old readers engaged and excited to read the next issue.
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