I'm a loner Dottie, a rebel.

This probably sounds like "damning with faint praise," but you know what wasn't bad? The Loners, the recent Marvel mini-series written by C.B. Cebulski and drawn by Karl Moline.

If you're unfamiliar, this was a spin-off from the really excellent Marvel book Runaways, and features the members of a support group for former teenage superheroes. Ideally, they're all looking to put their costumed pasts behind them and help each other establish normal, safer lives, but events conspire to keep them in costume for now (to the dismay of some, the relief of others).

It's a fun enough premise, and while I preferred the story Brian K. Vaughn told over in Runaways, Cebulski handles the characters and situation ably enough to make for a decent read. He makes good use of both Marvel's past and the current post-Civil War climate, and is yet another writer to prove that you don't need to kill off or drastically re-invent disused - possibly even poorly conceived - characters to make them interesting. They just need interesting stories. Why reinvent the wheel (or blow it up) when a fresh coat of paint will do?

I picked up 5 of the 6 issues out of a fifty cent bin at a recent comic show, and the final issue off the rack at a local shop. For a combined $5.49, I definitely got my money's worth here. There's a trade paperback coming down the pike (and may have already, I'm not sure), which I think is a bit of a mistake on Marvel's part, as this feels perfect for the digest format that its parent book calls home. But whatever the format, if you can find this cheaply enough, it's worth checking out. It's not Watchmen by any means, but it's a decent read.

Plus, if you're a child of the 80s, the covers alone make it worthwhile:


How great is that? If this makes it to another mini, or even an ongoing (and it's clear they really hope to), I'd love to see Goonies or Adventures in Babysitting homages. Make it so!

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geekusa said...

Please. The best teen movie of the 1980s was obviously Zapped.

Bill D. said...

Zapped had boobies and swearing, so I was never allowed to see it.

And by the time I was old enough, I couldn't bring myself to see a movie with Scott Baio and Willie Aames.