An uneven Runaways borrows a bad wig and slow pace from Luke Cage

I actually laughed out loud when I realized “Kingdom” was starting with an extended, 18-year flashback into the incarcerated life of Geoffrey Wilder, and not just because it looked like Marvel dusted off the exact same wig-and-beard combo it used for Luke Cage’s prison flashback. Mostly, it’s because I’m not sure I’ve…

Marvel’s Runaways still hasn’t run away, and that’s a problem

I’m starting to worry that the runaways of Marvel’s Runaways are never going to run away. “Fifteen” keeps the teens firmly entrenched in their home lives—except Alex, I guess, who is whisked away in a black SUV before the credits roll—which would be perfectly fine if the show kept them as its main focus. But Runaways…

Marvel’s Runaways gets prehistoric in its best episode yet

“Destiny” felt very much like—to use a very specific metaphor—a velociraptor with a nose ring freed from its massive metal cage. After two episodes of deliberate, heavy set-up Marvel’s Runaways finally let loose with some pure comic book kookiness. I mean, we still know next to nothing about Pride. Or why Molly can…

Marvel's Runaways hits the rewind button in its momentum-halting second episode 

The first episode of Marvel’s Runaways was intriguing but burdened with the task of delving into the personality quirks and backstories of six main characters. So, naturally, the second episode of Marvel’s Runaways...delves into the backstories and personality quirks of twelve more main characters. “Rewind”—probably…

In a slow premiere, Marvel’s Runaways feels like Degrassi meets Defenders

Ever since a bully first pointed to Peter Parker in Amazing Fantasy #15 and said, “that bookworm wouldn’t know a cha-cha from a waltz”—an absolutely devastating burn in 1962—comic book heroics and high school drama have existed in perfect harmony. After all, the selling point of comic books is that they are human…

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