Runaways, Vol. 3: That Was Yesterday

Runaways, Vol. 3: That Was Yesterday

A ghost from the Runaways' past returns with an ultimatum — and the world is in the balance! Nico's magic has always been painful, an inheritance from her parents she had to hurt herself to use. Now, at last, she learns the shocking source of the Staff of One — and things will never be the same! Meanwhile, Christmas comes to the hostel — but a familiar face could ruin ever...

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Title:Runaways, Vol. 3: That Was Yesterday
Author:Rainbow Rowell
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Edition Language:English

Runaways, Vol. 3: That Was Yesterday Reviews

  • Natalie

    I'm obsessed with this Runaways storyline with Rainbow Rowell at the helm. I also love love love the art. There are still a few things I'm confused about, but I guess it was explained in other Runaways related storylines?

  • TinTin Kalaw

    The art, as always, is impeccable. It's sad to find out that this is Kris Anka's last volume as the artist :'(

    I love this volume, mainly because of Issue #15. I love that questions were answered...

    Something to keep in mind and look forward to because impulsive, bad decisions were made...

    There is this moral gray area, and the writing shows that everything is not just black and white...

    And, true to Rainbow Rowell feels, these little gems ❤🧡💛💚💙💜

    ALSO, THAT LAST PAGE THO 😲

  • Heather

    Another great set in the series! Great story buildup and easy to understand with little previous knowledge of the characters. Like the others, this one once again ends with a bit of a cliffhanger. Looking forward to finding out what happens next.

  • Jason

    Individual issues read.

    This was the best volume yet and also the saddest as it is Kris Anka's last as artist.

    I'm not sure how to review without spoiling but this volume continues the tradition of using past plots and callbacks to plot a path forward. And how fitting for a YA comic, for often the choices we make as teens reverberate in adulthood. Humor, romance and action- what more can you ask for.

  • Chris Lemmerman

    The Runaways renaissance continues as Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka keep things moving in a storyline that brings back not just Alex Wilder but the initial threat that the team faced way back when, the Gibborim.

    You'd think this book might be losing steam after a year or so at full blast, but it's absolutely not. Rowell's dialogue and intimate understanding of the characters and their continuity makes this arc even more fantastic, with some revelations regarding Niko and the Staff Of One, as well

    The Runaways renaissance continues as Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka keep things moving in a storyline that brings back not just Alex Wilder but the initial threat that the team faced way back when, the Gibborim.

    You'd think this book might be losing steam after a year or so at full blast, but it's absolutely not. Rowell's dialogue and intimate understanding of the characters and their continuity makes this arc even more fantastic, with some revelations regarding Niko and the Staff Of One, as well as the Gibborim themselves, and some decisions for the team to make that really hammer home that these kids can't just live in the shadows and work in the light - they need to decide who they're going to be.

    I was tempted to knock off a star or so because David La Fuente's fill-in art is nowhere near as good as Kris Anka or Takeshi Miyazawa (who returns to the Runaways for an adorable side-story from Old Lace's perspective), but fuck it, I'll round up anyway. Runaways forever!

  • K Whatsherface

    I finally caught up!!!! I'm not made for single issues. Honestly I just hope we dont get a cliffhanger like the end off series 3 again. Part of me still wants to know what happened. Who was the girl that looked like Gert? Who was that guy that said he was chase's uncle? And what happened to chase after getting hit by a car? He got better because he appeared later in other comics but....sigh. I will admit series 3 wasnt the best but it was just starting to get good again, than hiatus...that becam

    I finally caught up!!!! I'm not made for single issues. Honestly I just hope we dont get a cliffhanger like the end off series 3 again. Part of me still wants to know what happened. Who was the girl that looked like Gert? Who was that guy that said he was chase's uncle? And what happened to chase after getting hit by a car? He got better because he appeared later in other comics but....sigh. I will admit series 3 wasnt the best but it was just starting to get good again, than hiatus...that became canceled. With so many questions we never got answer to....all these complains are almost 10 years old. I remember looking for them in other comics because I wanted to see what happened to them but found a lot of nothing. I did find them in daken and avengers Academy but I wanted more. Than chase and nico did appear in avengers arena and avengers undercover but that wasn't runaways. This series still really isn't answering my questions....well the did explain the hand and what happened to klara so it has time but hopefully it doesn't get randomly canceled again

  • Lenny

    Rowell and Anka continue their fantastic Runaways reboot, this time bringing back major plot elements from the original run, including the Runaways leader, Alex, who’s back from the dead! Sort of. But more importantly, Chase wearing pigtails! An Old Lace issue! Gert and Victor blushing at each other!

    The Runaways really became a family when they stopped their villain parents, known as the Pride, from sacrificing the world to the Gibborim, giant alien creatures; all of them died in the process, in

    Rowell and Anka continue their fantastic Runaways reboot, this time bringing back major plot elements from the original run, including the Runaways leader, Alex, who’s back from the dead! Sort of. But more importantly, Chase wearing pigtails! An Old Lace issue! Gert and Victor blushing at each other!

    The Runaways really became a family when they stopped their villain parents, known as the Pride, from sacrificing the world to the Gibborim, giant alien creatures; all of them died in the process, including the Runaways’ first leader, Alex, who also betrayed them. Now in this volume – picking up immediately where the second ended – Alex has returned and so are the Gibborim’s children, who seem less interested in avenging their parents, and more in the Runaways completing the human sacrifice their parents never did. (The cover is a sweet call back to the Pride, with the kids in their

    )

    Rowell sets this up really well – We’re introduced to the Gibborim kids and Alex in the first volume, the Runaways have seven months to figure out a “sacrifice,” allowing for other stories, and that deadline arrives in the final issues. This allows the whole volume to feel like a complete story, even though the Gibborim aren’t really explored as characters (save for one, right at the end). And just like the rest of the cast, Rowell has a strong handle on Alex, who obnoxiously takes over as team leader and clashes with just about everyone, as the Runaways return emotionally to what made them a team, the tremendous sacrifice that made to save the world, and how far they’ll go once again.

    That theme of sacrifice resonates throughout the B plots too, as Nico discovers something huge about her staff (involving

    twin, old anime reference FTW), and Gert may take a risk and sacrifice her happiness. It’s more than appropriate, since as teens we start to learn how our actions can have big consequences. But there’s also plenty of lighter moments as Victor gets a sweet robot bod, Karolina and Nico sunbathe in their spare time, and praise the sweet lord, Doombot returns!

    Even when returning to their roots, Rowell continues to move forward with each of these characters – including an adorably dysfunctional Christmas dinner – though I was disappointed that we don't see or hear mention of Chase and Nico at their jobs, or Karolina serving on the nonprofit board. It might have been a little cramped with the rest of the story, but they seemed like important “growing up” markers in volume two that were totally forgotten here. There is some great setup with a big choice Nico makes, and I’m curious to see if the Victorious storyline continues to play out due to Gert’s actions in the final issue. (Also, are they not public with their relationship yet?? Why!?)

    I FRIGGING LOVE DOOMBOT.

    David Lafuente takes over the art in the first couple issues and while it’s not completely atrocious, it reminded me just how attached I am to Anka’s interpretation of these characters. Lafuente draws a more cartoony style with pouty lips and bold outlines, both of which really threw me off. I’m used to Anka’s precision and unfortunately under Lafuente, characters looked either too cartoony or weirdly lumpy.

    Anka and Wilson returning in issue 15 was like putting on my favorite sweater. Anka is able to just perfectly capture the emotional range of these characters and Wilson’s gorgeous coloring, especially with facial tones, is just fantastic. This was Anka and Wilson’s final arc on Runaways (though they’re still illustrating the covers) (this is 100% why I put off reading this for a week or two) and although I’m very excited to see their new two-part Image story

    with Chip Zdarsky, they will be sorely missed here. (I couldn’t take it and looked at the issue 19 preview, and I very much like Andres Genolet’s art. HUGE sigh of relief. Worth the spoilers.)

    But can we talk about how Wilson’s coloring is just a dream.

    Between Lafuente and Anka is an Old Lace “interlude,” illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa. It’s a riff on Aja and Fraction’s fantastic Hawkeye # 11, told entirely from Lucky the Pizza Dog’s perspective. (Oliver Sava over at AV Club

    ) Old Lace even overhears humans the same way as Lucky, with short vertical lines indicating gibberish (to her) punctuated with words she does understand. The homage isn’t a bad thing, but when you’re riffing on one of the best comic issues ever made (I said it), it certainly sets a high bar.

    Unfortunately, the issue isn’t nearly as intricate or meaningful as it should be, even without the expectations of its predecessor; it really only gives us plot points we already know, and Old Lace is more of an observer without stumbling upon anything interesting or surprising. I was at least expecting to see part of the hideout we haven’t seen before that Old Lace has made her own. Miyazawa isn’t the most subtle of artists and there could have been more creative ways to show Old Lace’s thought processes and expressions. We also don’t visually see her sense of smell, which seemed odd to me.

    Even with that disappointing midway issue, this was still a strong third volume in this series – Runaways is one of few I’ll buy straightaway without reading first. Awaiting volume four (I

    I can wait until October, sigh) and until then, I’ll be looking at this all day, every day:

  • Villain E

    Alex Wilder is back and so are the Gibborim, the aliens the Pride were going to sacrifice the world to. This series continues to be more character driven then fighty-fight, which I feel is a positive here. And this volume actually addresses a long-time pet peeve of mine which is that superheroes' rules about not killing never seem to apply to aliens or robots even though they're sentient (not to mention that there are superheroes who ARE aliens and robots). The Runaways who argue against killing

    Alex Wilder is back and so are the Gibborim, the aliens the Pride were going to sacrifice the world to. This series continues to be more character driven then fighty-fight, which I feel is a positive here. And this volume actually addresses a long-time pet peeve of mine which is that superheroes' rules about not killing never seem to apply to aliens or robots even though they're sentient (not to mention that there are superheroes who ARE aliens and robots). The Runaways who argue against killing include the god-like alien who wants to end life on Earth in that argument. Not everyone agrees with the not-killing stance, but the ones holding that position aren't hypocrites.

  • Kate

    The gang end up trapped in their own house when backstabbing betrayer Alex returns from the dead along with the offspring of the Gibborim, the gods who demanded a sacrifice and promised to make the Pride immortal. None of the Runaways want to participate in human sacrifice. The Gibborim give them a week to decide, leaving one of the gods, Gib, as a guard. Nico and her staff have a little chat, while Gert and Victor try to figure out if time travel can help them.

    This run had a lot of fun issues

    The gang end up trapped in their own house when backstabbing betrayer Alex returns from the dead along with the offspring of the Gibborim, the gods who demanded a sacrifice and promised to make the Pride immortal. None of the Runaways want to participate in human sacrifice. The Gibborim give them a week to decide, leaving one of the gods, Gib, as a guard. Nico and her staff have a little chat, while Gert and Victor try to figure out if time travel can help them.

    This run had a lot of fun issues but was mostly low-key, given that they are trapped in a house together. One issue was from Old Lace's perspective and made me love her even more. I still miss Gert and Chase's romance, somehow Gert and Victor's head don't make as good a couple... For me this was a little anti-climatic but I did enjoy the mix of quasi-superheroes doing regular things.

  • Rod Brown

    Perfectly pleasant angsty YA superhero fluff. Great characters and good dialogue.

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