Comic Book Review: Runaways #10
Never a simple day in the life of a Runaway. These past ten issues we have been waiting for that one horrible moment that would shake things up, and still you could not have prepared for what would actually happen. Molly could have still been stuck with her grandmother, she also could have chosen to eat that cupcake, Victor could have even been taken away by who was initially assumed to be Doctor Doom. However, Julie Powers accidentally eating the cupcake? That’s a stinger, because she technically isn’t part of the family to have gone through this.
The tension in the room upon discovering Julie transformed was heartbreaking. You imagine all the built-up drama that could have been unleashed over the course of this series, and all of that exploded onto the pages of this issue. While this situation was crushing for Julie, it was also the opportunity she needed in order to finally express everything that has disappointed her about this trip. Whether it was Karolina, or just how this family operates (who she still keeps mistaking for a team), there was nothing that was making her all too happy about the way they lived their lives. At the same time, this was the best time for Karolina to finally snap out of it to finally show that she does care about their relationship. It goes without saying that there was plenty of neglect on her end to address since the start. Where they ended up now was an inevitability all due to poor communication. You could call this cliche drama, but it does have substance to it.
Confronting Abigail was also not how you would have imagined when that time came. For a little girl stuck at the age of thirteen, the first expectation is that what she is capable of would be pretty limited. It was shocking to see that this was far from the case. She made all those years count when being too stubborn to help out. With that said, the argument that came over the cure was intriguing. The idea of eating those cupcakes meant that someone is going to be damned if they decide that this isn’t the life for them. That made it gut-wrenching when you already knew who that would be, and regardless of everything that has happened up to this point.
Despite this situation and how it concluded, nothing was going to truly come between the problem that is Karolina and Julie’s relationship. The conversation was heartbreaking, yet there was nothing you could disagree with from the perspective of Julie. Honestly, part of me is kind of happy that there was a decision to whether they could be a thing or not. Anything more could have easily run flat or have turned into a distraction.
Everything else aside, the small pushes here and there to address Nico’s fear for her power is welcomed. I only wish they will get to that point where there’s less fear, and more action taken to get control of what is part of her.
The artwork for this issue brought about a mixed bag of emotions. This art team initially grabs our attention through the light-hearted encounter between Abigail and who sourced her with the cupcakes. A time where you could believe that she couldn’t be how she turned out now. Anka’s design of the special guest who gives her the cupcake was stylish in contrast to what that “goddess” usually wears too. From there, they once again had fun with what it was like for Abigail keeping up with the times. The photos were fitting for each of the points in time captured. Including that of the way her parents continued to age. That aside, Anka nailed the emotional weight of Julie’s situation through strong facial expressions. There was no one in general unaffected by what happened there. And it only got better once the action came and we could see a thirteen year-old giving them a run for their money. Matt Wilson was the key to the emotional atmosphere of this story if you ask me. The issue started out bright and bubbly, capturing Abigail throughout her period of innocence. A light selection of colors, that quickly turned dark when reaching what is going on currently with Julie turned into a kid again. Wilson took the tone down to create an atmosphere of gloom, and then turned it up once it came time for action, rather than tears.
Runaways #10 I would say was the strongest in terms of drama. Credit where it is due that when it comes to Runaways, no matter what they do or get themselves into, you always feel engaged on some level.