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The Runaways survived the events of "That was Yesterday" - but the fallout from that epic adventure is still very much being felt, and the teen team is in disarray! Alex Wilder walks away from the Runaways - but will someone actually go with him?! In the aftermath, the team tries to take stock. There's plenty of rebuilding to do, both metaphorical and literal, but the kids The Runaways survived the events of "That was Yesterday" - but the fallout from that epic adventure is still very much being felt, and the teen team is in disarray! Alex Wilder walks away from the Runaways - but will someone actually go with him?! In the aftermath, the team tries to take stock. There's plenty of rebuilding to do, both metaphorical and literal, but the kids are exhausted, heartbroken and confused. Are the Runaways up for these major repairs, or will the team - and their dreams - crumble before their eyes? Collecting: Runaways #19-24


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The Runaways survived the events of "That was Yesterday" - but the fallout from that epic adventure is still very much being felt, and the teen team is in disarray! Alex Wilder walks away from the Runaways - but will someone actually go with him?! In the aftermath, the team tries to take stock. There's plenty of rebuilding to do, both metaphorical and literal, but the kids The Runaways survived the events of "That was Yesterday" - but the fallout from that epic adventure is still very much being felt, and the teen team is in disarray! Alex Wilder walks away from the Runaways - but will someone actually go with him?! In the aftermath, the team tries to take stock. There's plenty of rebuilding to do, both metaphorical and literal, but the kids are exhausted, heartbroken and confused. Are the Runaways up for these major repairs, or will the team - and their dreams - crumble before their eyes? Collecting: Runaways #19-24

30 review for Runaways, Vol. 4: But You Can't Hide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul E. Morph

    I love this book so much. There isn’t a single character that doesn’t feel like family. Well, except, perhaps, Doombot. :-) Every issue is like a big, warm hug in comicbook form. That’s not to say it isn’t full of genuine OMG moments; there’re some real shockers in this one! I apologise for the state of the above; this book seems to temporarily turn me into a sixteen-year-old girl.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    I'm getting to love the characters more and more in every volume of this comic series. I like to see every side of them and to have the opportunity to see them interact with each other, in the good and also in the bad moments. In this volume we got (view spoiler)[ Doom back and I really hope he decides to stay with the Runaways. (hide spoiler)] I'm really looking forward to see what's in store in the next volume! I'm getting to love the characters more and more in every volume of this comic series. I like to see every side of them and to have the opportunity to see them interact with each other, in the good and also in the bad moments. In this volume we got (view spoiler)[ Doom back and I really hope he decides to stay with the Runaways. (hide spoiler)] I'm really looking forward to see what's in store in the next volume!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Always a fun series, although not much really happens plot-wise in this volume. Still, it's always nice to see the characters again!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    Rainbow Rowell's hot streak continues as the Runaways enter their fourth arc under her steady hand. This one's a bit quieter than the previous, a bit lighter on the action and a bit heavier on the personal drama, but it's a good change. It's time for the Runaways to take stock, and that involves a lot of talking to each other, something none of them are any good at. The drama surrounding Doombot gives us a central theme, and the developing Chase/Gert/Victor triangle grounds things as well (as mu Rainbow Rowell's hot streak continues as the Runaways enter their fourth arc under her steady hand. This one's a bit quieter than the previous, a bit lighter on the action and a bit heavier on the personal drama, but it's a good change. It's time for the Runaways to take stock, and that involves a lot of talking to each other, something none of them are any good at. The drama surrounding Doombot gives us a central theme, and the developing Chase/Gert/Victor triangle grounds things as well (as much as a love triangle between a time displaced teenager, a robotic head, and a 20-something dork can). I was surprised that the Alex drama ended so quickly, but I expect we haven't seen the last o f him either. Andrés Genolet is an able replacement for Kris Anka, making the series his own while keeping all the design and fashion sensibilities that Anka built the book on. The scenes set inside Doombot's mind by Nico Henrichon are a good contrast as well, and suitably chaotic compared to the more straightofrward Genolet. Runaways is love, Runaways is life. More of this, please. So very much more.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    3.5/5 stars Runaways Vol. 4: But You Can't Hide is the fourth graphic novel in this series. I like author Rainbow Rowell so I decided to read these graphic novels. This one didn't excite me as much as some of the previous ones. The stories jumped all over the place. And I wasn't satisfied with some of the endings. The illustrations were nice. And I am growing fond of the characters. I will probably continue with the series.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Last time I mentioned how sad I feel for anyone who dropped Runaways at the start of Rowell's run. I didn't realize then that by now I QUADRUPLE that sentiment. Let me explain. Anytime a best-selling author writes for comics, I'm leery. Writing for comics isn't something you can just mosey on into, even if you're a brilliant, talented, and golden example of authorly prowess. Writing for comics is a different medium and therefore a different process. You really need to understand the medium, and I Last time I mentioned how sad I feel for anyone who dropped Runaways at the start of Rowell's run. I didn't realize then that by now I QUADRUPLE that sentiment. Let me explain. Anytime a best-selling author writes for comics, I'm leery. Writing for comics isn't something you can just mosey on into, even if you're a brilliant, talented, and golden example of authorly prowess. Writing for comics is a different medium and therefore a different process. You really need to understand the medium, and I feel like most of the time Best-Selling Authors are way too cocky to do this right. There's a sense that comic readers will read any old drivel so there's no pressure to be your best or even try. So yes, Rainbow Rowell was successful as a novelist, so you're right to scrutinize her efforts. Also she writes YA romances, which I know it's unfair, but I fully expect comic fans to disregard her for that alone. And I'm here to tell you that those fears are unjustified! Rowell has said in the past that she's been a comic reader far longer than some of us have been alive. Runaways was one of her all time favorite series. She understands the medium and the series. And honestly, writing YA Romance was good Practice for writing for Runaways especially. (Yeah, that's right. Writing beloved and hugely successful books like Eleanor & Park is, in fact, Practice for this woman. Like, No Big Deal??) There's a nuance of emotion within this volume that the previous volumes have been building up to, and are in fact Rowell's specialty. I'm just so proud of it. To think I've been on this journey with these characters for a decade or more (some of it fun, some of it disappointing garbage) all leading up to... This Moment. Is it possible for it to get better??? Also of note, I was heartbroken that Kris Anka left the series (though I understand why he had to) but I'm truly happy with Andrés Genolet beautiful art. UGH. this book is so good, you guys.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Renata

    (read as single issues) Seems like kind of a building arc for the ongoing storyline but still, charming and I'm interested to see where it goes.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Natalie

    Nothing much happened except internal drama stuff, but I still love them and the art and Rainbow Rowell.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Rainbow Rowell is here to destroy my emotional wellbeing and I love it.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    Rainbow Rowell and the art team continue their absolutely stellar run of this series. Angst, romance and cheeseburgers. A must read for fans of YA Romance and cape stories.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lenny

    Rainbow Rowell continues her successful new Runaways series in this fourth volume. While the whole gang is back, including one Alex Wilder, this installment is unfortunately weaker than its predecessors. Thankfully, I’m not referring to the new lead artist, Andrés Genolet, who had big Anka-sized shoes to fill. While there is a difference, Genolet carries a similar style to Anka that is light and kinetic, neither too cartoony nor too realistic. Of all the characters his Chase is definitely stronge Rainbow Rowell continues her successful new Runaways series in this fourth volume. While the whole gang is back, including one Alex Wilder, this installment is unfortunately weaker than its predecessors. Thankfully, I’m not referring to the new lead artist, Andrés Genolet, who had big Anka-sized shoes to fill. While there is a difference, Genolet carries a similar style to Anka that is light and kinetic, neither too cartoony nor too realistic. Of all the characters his Chase is definitely strongest, though everyone is still drawn faithfully and consistently from the last volume. Anka is still missed (as is colorist Matt Wilson), though Wilson colors the final issue, and we are still treated to covers illustrated by Anka. The guest colorists keep Genolet’s pages bright and well-textured, with lovely gradients that are also reminiscent of Wilson’s work. Unfortunately, the problems I am referring to are a combination of pacing issues, ‘show don’t tell’ violations, and drama that eventually bloats the story. This is one of the few volumes (perhaps the first) without any villains, and perhaps as a result, the book felt more like a series of vignettes than one solid, cohesive arc. Some drama was necessary, particularly with Molly, who begins to suffer from depression after losing (and re-losing, in some cases) those dearest to her. She shares two emotional scenes with Alex and Chase that helps her process; it’s not the most mental health-faithful storyline, but it brings up a completely understandable reaction to everything that’s happened, and it’s nice to see the men in Molly’s life be there for her. I really hope we see some different growth from Molly; she also had an arc dedicated to her last time that I thought already produced some of the development we’re seeing here. But other times, the story got lost in melodramatic dialogue, especially in the pages of philosophical banter between Victor and Doombot. These scenes were illustrated by guest artist Niko Henrichson, whose art felt off-kilter enough to make me question if it was intentional or not, and became distracting. It was a bit long and overworked, when the ending is still what you’d expect; I also felt a little cheated that the cover showed Gert and Victor together, yet this was basically a Victor/Doombot story without much payoff. When it comes to growth among the teens, I don’t think anyone beats Chase. The dude is basically Dad to all of the other runaways: he not only works a job, gets groceries, and handles incessant group texts and calls, but when he gets said groceries, he buys menstrual products for the girls without complaint or shame. GIVE THIS MAN A GODDAMN MEDAL. While Chase seems to be moving forward, even flirting with a cute girl at the market, things suddenly grind to a halt when his feelings about Gert spill over and they have an emotional conversation about their breakup. It was, without a doubt, the most necessary drama of them all, but three-quarters of the way through, and among all of the other dialogue scenes (with Victor/Doombot and Karolina/Nico), it became too much. GIVE HIM A MEDAL NOW. Nico and Karolina get the B plot this volume. In a great double page spread, Karolina has a productive therapy session, but her decision to try out superhero work felt uninspired, and was used to force a cliffhanger for the next issue (these cliffhangers are growing tiresome). Nico mostly serves as a Karolina support this volume (she got the spotlight last time) and makes the greatest wasted spell of all time. Tragically, Old Lace unfortunately still feels like an add-on, given even less to do than Doombot (who’s mostly lying unconscious) and Gib (the running gag of the volume, how to cure his hunger). Far more interesting to me than the cliffhanger is what Alex might be plotting in the old Pride lair in Wilder Mansion. Hopefully this is some interesting table-setting for later (otherwise it was just one big tease, like those Victor/Gert covers). I’m disappointed that this has been my least favorite volume of Runaways so far, but I’m still in it for the long haul – hopefully it’s all leading up to a better volume five.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jacquelyn S

    I started reading these because I really like the show. While it’s not really like the show I’m still enjoying it. I like Molly a lot more in the comics, in the show she’s kind of irritating. And Chase doesn’t seem like as much of an idiot here. I also really like Victor. He’s not in the show. Additionally, I love all the extra plot that this provides. So much more has happened in these 4 volumes than ever happened in 2 seasons of the show. The only character that is comparable to the show is Ni I started reading these because I really like the show. While it’s not really like the show I’m still enjoying it. I like Molly a lot more in the comics, in the show she’s kind of irritating. And Chase doesn’t seem like as much of an idiot here. I also really like Victor. He’s not in the show. Additionally, I love all the extra plot that this provides. So much more has happened in these 4 volumes than ever happened in 2 seasons of the show. The only character that is comparable to the show is Nico. She’s pretty much the same in the show as she is in the comics. Unfortunately, Gert is intolerable. In the show I love her. But here she’s just so annoying. Also, while Karolina is a very strong and independent character in the show, she seems a little air headed in the comics. My greatest grievance with the comics is the relationship between Karolina and Nico. In the show it’s such a gradual and natural development and is done perfectly. It honestly couldn’t have been done better and their relationship is one of the best features of the show. In the comics however, it sort of comes out of nowhere. While there’s always been that chemistry, it’s not enough to build a relationship on. Nico’s basically like “oh by the way I’m not straight anymore and I like Karolina now who’s been pining for me for years.” Karolina broke the gay rule. Never date a straight girl. It’s also not a very dynamic relationship here. In the show you see the progression from acquaintances to friends to lovers to having issues to solving those issues. But the comics seem one dimensional to me, and once the relationship was introduced, nothing more happened with it. They hold hands now. That’s the difference. But maybe that’s just how comic relationships are. I’m not an avid comic reader so I can’t say it’s a bad relationship or that the comics are bad because of it. The lack luster relationship style just isn’t really all that for me. It doesn’t take away from the enjoyment I get from the rest of the plot, though. And that’s all that matters really.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Simone

    I'm still really enjoying these! I love these characters and their emotional journeys are the best. (view spoiler)[Oh, Chase. I love Victor, and he's good for Gert, but poor sweet Chase... (hide spoiler)] Also the art is still AMAZING, it really makes everything come alive. Also through small things, like where the cat is sleeping. And the pacing, my main problem with most comics, is still spot on in these. The actually action plot isn't doing much for me right now, though. I don't know if that's I'm still really enjoying these! I love these characters and their emotional journeys are the best. (view spoiler)[Oh, Chase. I love Victor, and he's good for Gert, but poor sweet Chase... (hide spoiler)] Also the art is still AMAZING, it really makes everything come alive. Also through small things, like where the cat is sleeping. And the pacing, my main problem with most comics, is still spot on in these. The actually action plot isn't doing much for me right now, though. I don't know if that's because there wasn't that much of an overarching plot to this volume, or because I'm not that excited about them being superheroes, or even just the format. I'm really not used to reading monthly comics and the storytelling still feels a little unusual. Either way, that part doesn't quite work for me, but everything else does, so I can't say I mind.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sara I

    The fact that I finished reading this volume in spite of a horrible headache should speak for my enjoyment of the story and characters. The story develops the characters' identities and the relationships between them, too. It is enjoyable to see them dealing with a wide range of struggles from mental illness, grocery shopping, romance, attempting to take on the superhero role, and more. That is what makes the story fun with touches of comedy (such as attempting to make the Gibborim offspring who The fact that I finished reading this volume in spite of a horrible headache should speak for my enjoyment of the story and characters. The story develops the characters' identities and the relationships between them, too. It is enjoyable to see them dealing with a wide range of struggles from mental illness, grocery shopping, romance, attempting to take on the superhero role, and more. That is what makes the story fun with touches of comedy (such as attempting to make the Gibborim offspring who has joined them eat various things to quell his hunger) yet still retaining a touch of reality. This volume did seem to mainly advance the plot on a personal and relational level, but I am fine with that. (view spoiler)[ and we got girlfriends in superhero costumes and out on patrol! Loved that! (hide spoiler)] . Overall, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading more!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dakota Morgan

    Our little Runaways continue to learn and grow as Rainbow Rowell's excellent series continues. The gang are busy re-acquiring their sea legs after fending off the children of the Gibborim in the previous volume. For the most part, this means they're figuring out who and what they want to be. Victor wants to be a real boy. Chase wants to be a boyfriend (to Gert). Karolina wants to be a superhero. The character's adventures are small-scale, but the dialogue is pitch perfect and emotions are fully Our little Runaways continue to learn and grow as Rainbow Rowell's excellent series continues. The gang are busy re-acquiring their sea legs after fending off the children of the Gibborim in the previous volume. For the most part, this means they're figuring out who and what they want to be. Victor wants to be a real boy. Chase wants to be a boyfriend (to Gert). Karolina wants to be a superhero. The character's adventures are small-scale, but the dialogue is pitch perfect and emotions are fully present in every scene. I really do treasure my time with the Runaways. I treasure it even more when a single, quality artist illustrates the whole volume, as seen in But You Can't Hide.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Dinges

    This series continues to be a delight. I thought the charm might wear off after the initial volume or two but it still hasn't yet. It's a testament to how good a superhero story can be when it's (mostly) self-contained and character driven. The writing is great and the art is great (and maybe more importantly a perfect fit for the story). I read on Marvel Unlimited, so I'm always six months behind and every month that there's a new issue I'm relieved. I have no idea how long it's going to contin This series continues to be a delight. I thought the charm might wear off after the initial volume or two but it still hasn't yet. It's a testament to how good a superhero story can be when it's (mostly) self-contained and character driven. The writing is great and the art is great (and maybe more importantly a perfect fit for the story). I read on Marvel Unlimited, so I'm always six months behind and every month that there's a new issue I'm relieved. I have no idea how long it's going to continue, it seems like these kinds of series don't go too far past 25-30 issues, but I'll be sad when it ends. In the meantime it's earned everyone involved a ton of credit in my book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    Just as delightful as ever! The art style blows me away every time - the expressions are so rich that I end up rereading pages over and over. And the intricate characterisation! I love that Rowell gets to dig into these deep and messed up characters and get to the core of them every time. I love the conflict and the growth between them all, and even characters I never really liked before are quickly becoming my new faves. I’m going to love every minute of this run and I can’t wait to see where i Just as delightful as ever! The art style blows me away every time - the expressions are so rich that I end up rereading pages over and over. And the intricate characterisation! I love that Rowell gets to dig into these deep and messed up characters and get to the core of them every time. I love the conflict and the growth between them all, and even characters I never really liked before are quickly becoming my new faves. I’m going to love every minute of this run and I can’t wait to see where it’s all going.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelly Stella

    Disclaimer: I read the Runaways series because I love Rainbow Rowell. I knew nothing about Runaways going in and am not a big fan of graphic novels. I enjoyed Karolina and Nick’s attempts at crime fighting, though the way that ended was a little odd. I loved Chase in this one. He’s in a rough spot and seems like the glue that keeps the group together. I’m interested to see what comes of his conversation with Gert. Molly was really annoying to me in this one and I don’t think I have enough informa Disclaimer: I read the Runaways series because I love Rainbow Rowell. I knew nothing about Runaways going in and am not a big fan of graphic novels. I enjoyed Karolina and Nick’s attempts at crime fighting, though the way that ended was a little odd. I loved Chase in this one. He’s in a rough spot and seems like the glue that keeps the group together. I’m interested to see what comes of his conversation with Gert. Molly was really annoying to me in this one and I don’t think I have enough information on Alex to really care about his character. Gib was amusing.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. A slow volume but definitely interesting, as the cast actually had time to sit down and talk things out. I do feel that the Doombot portion dragged on a bit long, but I know that they’re drawing parallels between Doombot and Victor. I just didn’t find it interesting, as it felt familiar. The conversations with Molly felt a long time coming, and the superhero developments almost felt like a gag/parody, but worked well.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Memphis Evans

    This series continues to exceed my expectations. I think I forget between volumes how good it is. There are so many real, emotional, relatable moments with these very human characters. The art may seem simple at first but it is richly detailed without being too line-y and conveys scenes and feelings that you'd usually need great actors and a movie camera for. Can't wait for volume 5 as this book ends with a hecka cliffhanger. In the meantime I will be seeking out other Rainbow Rowell titles.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    5* Wow I love this comic series so much and I can't wait to see where this goes in the next one. I kinda figured that Molly was the one who was going to follow Alex, but I was not expecting her to be taken back and stay with the rest of them. I also love Gib, he's a huge dork and I just hope he survives this series.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jodi Geever

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I continue to love this series, especially Rainbow Rowell's take on it! Alex Wilder is dead but walks the earth, Molly actually misses her (evil) parents, Karolina might actually be a costumed superhero before series end, Doombot is evil, (maybe?) unresolved issues between Chase and Gert, and Molly becomes a moody teenager. Loved it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Kris Ritchie

    This volume seemed to develop more of the interpersonal relationships, now that all the Runaways (view spoiler)[ including Alex (hide spoiler)] have a chance to catch up. Nothing major or groundbreaking plot-wise, but it still had some great beats such as everyone making a big deal of "sacrificing" a double cheeseburger to Gib. This volume seemed to develop more of the interpersonal relationships, now that all the Runaways (view spoiler)[ including Alex (hide spoiler)] have a chance to catch up. Nothing major or groundbreaking plot-wise, but it still had some great beats such as everyone making a big deal of "sacrificing" a double cheeseburger to Gib.

  24. 4 out of 5

    TJ

    Rowell’s Runaways continues to be stellar! I think it’s more enjoyable in graphic novel form, because the issues are very back-to-back reads, but even reading them monthly is so good! I can’t wait to see where she takes them next. 5/5 stars

  25. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    The story has settled into a groove and it's not a bad thing but it's definitely much less exciting than what came before. Thankfully, Rowell is real good at writing fun and captivating relationships between the characters.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    Even though I will definitely stick around to read more, this issue disappointed me with its weak central plot and fragmented focus on too many characters. I only felt invested in a few of the storylines, and none of them lasted long enough to carry my interest through the choppy narrative.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Esther

    the writing got much more stronger than in the first few issues. it is hard to put the book down, it feels like they finally got their groove. the new characters are very interesting and i am happy with the new long term artist.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    I wasn't as invested in some of the plot moving forward, but I love how this looks at the characters emotionally. They're all at different points in their lives, but their vulnerability is relatable at any age.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mădă

    I started reading these comics so I didn't miss the Runaways since I've finished the tv show. But these are soo good, I'm really enjoying these characters and the plot is very well-written, and they are amazingly drawn. I really don't want to finish them.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Still loving the art and style in these comics, it's nice when the artist is consistent over the run of the series. It feels like the characters and plot are hitting their stride, and the dialogue with Rainbow Rowell is always so enjoyable.

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