In 2003, Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona created a little comic book for Marvel call Runaways. Over time, the comic book became one of Marvel’s most beloved title, and it was just a matter of time before it got his own tv show.
Hulu released the first three episodes of the ten episodes season on November 21st and what the show does so well it that while it takes the basic idea of the comic but it expands on it.
Runaways tell the story of six teenagers who used to be friends and reunite when they find out that their parents aren’t the philanthropist that they think they are. No, instead they are part of a team of villains called The Pride.
What Runaways does so well is sell the idea of these kids who used to be close but aren’t anymore. You have to give it to the creative team to bring something different than in the comics. As someone who had read all of the comics, I was surprised by some of the creative decisions that work so well. Aging Molly, giving Niko a dead sister, etc. made it that the show was more than just an adaptation of a favorite cult comic.
Episode 1 tells the story from the kids perspective. All of them lost touch after Amy, Niko’s sister died. But with their parent’s foundation meeting, Alex decides to bring the band back together. If in the comic we get to the meeting very fast, the show takes it’s time and makes us care about everyone.
If Episode 1 told the story from the kids perspective, Episode 2 takes us back to the beginning of episode 1 and retails the story from the parents perspective. That is maybe why episode 2 isn’t as solid because it isn’t from the characters that we came to know in episode 1. While it makes us understand a little bit more about The Pride and who they are, I do believe that with only 10 episodes in their first season, it maybe wasn’t the best way to spend an entire episode.
Episode 3 picked up where episode 1 and 2 ended with the kids discovering that their parents were evil. But if in the comics, they run away right away, the show decides to let them stay and try to understand what they saw. It makes it that the show works better because these are kids that don’t know each other anymore and making them work together to figure out what happened makes it that they get to know each other all over again and we get to know them better.
In general, Runaways first three episodes are a good start for this Marvel show. The character introductions and the start of them figuring out their powers is fun and makes it that it creates an entertaining show. The fact that while it follows the main timeline of the comics but also expands on it makes it that for the comic book readers to be surprised and not know everything that happens.