Anyone who has Hulu has access to Marvel’s newest TV show, which is based on their series entitled, you guessed it, Runaways.
I was a little unsure about this show when I first heard about it because I knew next to nothing about them. In fact, the only time I had ever seen them was a brief appearance they made in one of Marvel’s big crossover events, and I didn’t even remember much about that. I think it was the original Civil War story and Captain America was trying to recruit them for his side. But, anyways….
Before I gave the show a chance, I decided to check out the comics first on Marvel Unlimited to see if it would be something I’d be interested in. Now, I don’t think anything further I have to say would be considered a spoiler, but, just in case, I’ll go ahead and issue a warning here. Possible spoilers ahead.
The basic premise of the book is that a group of teenagers find out their parents are bad guys and they try to get away from them (makes the name Runaways seem clever now, doesn’t it?). The original comic run was 18 issues long. It was supposed to be a limited series, but it was so popular that they brought it back in a second volume not long after the first run ended.
I read it. I liked it. There were some flaws, but not enough to make it a bad reading experience. So, I started watching the show. I don’t say this very often, but I actually like the TV show better than the comic book.
Because it’s a TV show, and they have an entire season to fill, they slowed the pace of the story down. That was great in my opinion because the first 5 or 6 issues of the comic felt really crammed to me. They probably should’ve stretched those 5 or 6 issues out into at least 8. Since it was a limited series, however, they probably didn’t have the space to do that in the comic.
While they kept the core characteristics of the teenagers the same in both the comic and show, the parents, and the story itself, are markedly different so far. Since, as of this writing, they have only released the first 9 episodes of the season (unlike Netflix, which releases their seasons all at once, Hulu releases their original show episodes once a week like normal TV stations do), that may change moving forward.
Personally, I like the changes the show has made. They make the story more character driven and somehow more relatable.
I recommend giving both of these a try if you get the chance. Though, I recommend the show more than the comic, which again sounds weird to say.