Sunday, August 8, 2021

Weekend Trend | Marvel's Runaways Cancelled

Well, sources have confirmed that Marvel Comics has canceled the Runaways comic book series, with August 11's Runaways #38 serving as the surprise series finale.

Runaways #38 was promoted as a celebration of the series' 100th issue between all its various volumes, which includes the return of former series artist Kris Anka and co-creator Adrian Alphona.

While details on the series finale's story are under wraps, recent issues have seen the team grow with the addition of Doombot and Gib, while Chase was found to be making out with a future version of Gert, and Nico sold a portion of her soul to a mysterious sorcerer known as the One who doubles as the Minoru family heirloom, the Staff of One.

"Bringing Runaways back was a dream come true for me," series writer Rainbow Rowell said when the 100-issue celebration was announced. "These kids are my favorite Marvel characters, and I felt like there were so many great stories we could tell with them. We'd have conversations when we were planning like, 'What can we do in six issues? 

What could we do in twelve?

Could we get to 18? 

That would be amazing!' It's thrilling to be looking back now at 38 issues and to see how each of the characters has grown. And it's such an honor to be part of the team that reached this milestone with them."

Although the "milestone" Rowell referred to at the time seemed to be reaching 100 issues and counting, it is now 100 issues and done.

"This volume of Runaways is a high-water mark in my long time at Marvel," Marvel editor Nick Lowe said. "This book and characters are incredible and it's never too late to run away with us!"