By Tim Stevens
With the next RUNAWAYS creative team of writer Terry Moore and artist Humberto Ramos already revealed, Marvel dropped another surprise on fans today: a brand new #1 for the series coming in September.
"There have been several evolutions of Runaways since [writer] Brian [K. Vaughan] and [artist] Adrian [Alphona] created them way back in 2003," says editor Nick Lowe. "This is just the next step."
A fresh start, however, does not mean the Runaways will be abandoning what made them so unique in the first place. The cast still consists of those children of the Pride, a collection of super villains, and the Runaways will still move through the Marvel Universe without becoming overly enmeshed in it. Lowe reassures lovers of the series' tone that, "Volume three is going to retain the autonomy. That's one of the things that makes the Runaways great, the self-contained nature. It's an easy 'in.'"
Of course, as with any transition, fans will notice differences. For one, Lowe describes Moore as "a real individual. He has such a great ear for dialogue and gets the kids so well. And he doesn't think like anyone else." Pairing Moore with Ramos, an artist whose "every page amazes" Lowe brings "an amazing energy to the book."
In the end, Lowe seems just as excited to see the book come to fruition as the average fan, declaring, "I'm a huge Strangers In Paradise fan, so when [Marvel Editor-In-Chief] Joe [Quesada] mentioned that he talked to Terry at a [convention], I thought he'd be perfect for RUNAWAYS. As for Humberto, he's been wanting to draw the Runaways for years. I'm just so glad that we could make it happen."
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