Runaways #23 Review

Writer: Rainbow Rowell

Art: Andrés Genolet, Matthew Wilson, Niko Henrichon, VC’s Joe Caramagna, and Kris Anka

Price: $3.99

Release Date: July 31st, 2019

I remember first reading the Runaways series last year where I read the first 7 or 8 volumes. The love I have for the series has taken a slight turn south recently, but not the whole current run. This happened recently and I think I know why. The team works best with a common goal. At this point, it seems like a couple of them have a common goal. Hopefully, after this story arc, we can get to some bad guys that the team has to work together to defeat. Let’s dig in and see what we have here…

We start the issue with everyone down around Victor’s body, trying to see how they can solve their troubles. Of course, we get Nico and Gert arguing due to their polar opposite thinking. After so long, the bickering needed to stop or at least they needed to start apologizing to each other.

Chase and Gert have a little alone time to finally talk about everything. I know their talk is supposed to be emotional but I really didn’t feel anything. I felt some stuff a few issues ago but nothing here. They basically brought up a lot of stuff that they have many times before in this run. It would have been a great time to take a trip down memory lane and make the reader remember the good times when they were together.

Meanwhile, we see Nico confronting Karolina about her heroics from the last issue. After Karolina finally let Nico know how she is feeling, they decide to go out and start doing heroics as a couple. This may actually be the best part of the issue. The second story in “Fearless” should have been Nico and Karolina working together on saving people. Of course, I feel like the only reason Gib was in the issue was just to be there. At this point, he has been useless and is a waste of a character. The only thing he did was destroy Doombot.

While in Doombot, Victor meets his old pal who doesn’t remember who he is but actually does. Makes sense right? Well, the issue was a bit confusing at times and this part of the issue felt like we were supposed to feel something. However, I didn’t. And how it was all resolved felt a bit forced.

Final Thoughts:

The art is enjoyable… but really the book feels stale and this issue just proves it. Nothing is happening and the characters aren’t doing anything. The run started out good but mainly because they had a common goal. Typically, they have a five-issue story arc so this would be the last issue in the story arc. However, I’m hoping we have one more issue left. The only good I can see from this issue is the set up for a Karolina and Nico comic as well as a spin-off for two more of the characters. Molly’s character hasn’t done much, so she and Gib are basically being wasted. I would not recommend this issue.


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