art by jo chen

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You don’t lead a team called the Runaways without getting good at, well, running away.

WOCtober Teen Superhero Parade Presents: Nico Minoru a.k.a. Sister Grimm

Nico’s life changed forever, when she discovered her parents are really a pair of evil wizards working with the Pride – secret supervillain conspiracy controlling the entire West Coast. Alongside children of other Pride members she decided to run away and fight their parents, becoming superhero team called Runaways. Along the way, Nico came in the possession of powerful Staff of One that allows her to cast any spell she can imagine, but only once.

Recommended Reading:

Essentials:

Runaways vol.1 #1-18(2003-2004) – The origin of the Runaways

Runaways vol.2 #1-30 (2005-2008)  - Their further adventures, now with Nico as the leader

Runaways vol.3 #1-15 (2008-2009) – the last series, not as good as the previous ones, to be honest.

Avengers Academy #27-28 (2011) – A guest aperrance tying some loose ends from the last series

A-Force vol.2 #1-10 (2016) – Nico joins an all-female Avengers team for some more old-school type adventures.

Side stories and Elseworlds:

Mystic Arcana: Sister Grimm – One shot happening before the last issue of the first series.

Free Comic Book: X-Men/Runaways – Happening during the second series, Nico punches Cyclops in this one.

Civil War: Young Avengers/Runaways #1-4 (2006) and Secret Invasion: Runaways/Young Avengers #1-3 (2008) – Two crossover between Runaways and another young superhero team, during Marvel’s two big crossover events.

What if Runaways Became Young Avengers - A single-issue What If? story.

A-Force vol.1 #1-5 – Alternate Universe where Nico is a member of the Avengers and is adopted by a heroic version of Loki.


Avoid:

Avengers Arena and Avengers Undercover. Just do yourself a favor and don’t read them. One is a shitty Battle Royale ripoff and the other wants you to agree with a neo-nazi. And that doesn’t even begin to list problems with them. In general if comics with Nico has words “Dennis Hopeless” anywhere near the credits page, they are exactly that - a hopeless pile of shit.

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1) Watchmen by Gabriele Dell'Otto

2) Astonishing X-Men by John Cassaday

3) Runaways by Jo Chen

4) Thunderbolts by Francesco Mattina

5) Gatchaman by Alex Ross

6) Avengers by Jae Lee

7) Illuminati by Jim Cheung on Tumblr

8) Fantastic Four by Steve McNiven on Tumblr

9) Thunderbolts by Phil Noto on Tumblr

10) Authority by Bryan Hitch