Following a week’s worth of teasers, Marvel Comics today announced author Rainbow Rowell (Eleanor & Park) and artist Kris Anka as the creative team behind the revival of the fan-favorite Runaways, launching in September.
“This is my favorite Marvel book,” Rowell told Entertainment Weekly. “When [editor Nick Lowe] first reached out to me a few years ago about maybe working for Marvel, it was the first thing I asked him about.”
Runaways will star Nico Minoru, Chase Stein, Karolina Dean, Molly Hayes, Old Lance, and a revived Gertrude “Gert” Yorkes, who’s featured in Marvel’s latest teaser for the series.
The first story arc will involve getting the “band” back together. “It’s kind of funny calling them the Runaways because it’s not like they’re the Avengers or the X-Men. They were not formed with a mission and a purpose. They’re just kids who ended up in the same boat,” Rowell said. “At the beginning of this series they are scattered to the four winds and half of them are dead. One of the challenges now is who are they when they’re apart? They got thrown together, but now they’ve been pulled apart. They’re trying to figure out who they really are without each other… This arc is very much about them choosing to be together.”
As for the threats the team will face, editor Nick Lowe said they will square off against two very different types of antagonists. “The first is literally the act of growing up, something we can all relate to as one of the hardest things to figure out,” Lowe said. “There is also an actual adversary in this story as well. Although it might not seem that way from the get-go. One of the cool things about Runaways is the core concept from the launch of that book, which was, ‘What if your parents were supervillains?’ and then the parents got killed. So that’s one of the struggles to any Runaways story. So we were searching for what new twist on that we can do and I think Rainbow came up with something really incredible with it. You’ll start seeing that but there are story elements that we don’t want to give away.”
With a unit of fashionable youngsters, the book needed an artist who could convey that on the page. Enter Kris Anka. “Because of the huge shadow that Adrian Alphona cast on [the series], and what he brought to those characters, the artist has to know fashion and has to be able to draw kids, and all that stuff,” Lowe explained. “That’s why Kris is so perfect.”
Runaways, from Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka, launches in September.