UPDATE – The new Runaways team has been announced – it’s Joss Whedon and Michael Ryan!
UPDATE – Marvel has announced that the new creative team will be announced at the Baltimore Retailer Summit in one week. Click “Continue” to see the detailed info.
iFanboy favorite Brian K. Vaughan has announced on his his website that he and artist Adrian Alphona are leaving Runaways with issue #24.
After working together on the series for more than four years, Adrian Alphona and I will be leaving Runaways with Issue #24.
This was entirely my idea. While Y: The Last Man and Ex Machina have planned endings, I’ve always said that I hoped Runaways would last forever, long after I left the series. I never wanted Runaways to become a vanity book that was dependent on its original creators’ involvement; I wanted our kids to be able to eventually run away from us, and find new life apart from their “parents.”
I can say with a great deal of confidence that these next five issues are the pinnacle of the series, and Adrian and I decided that the best thing for the Runaways would be to hand them off to new creators on this high note, rather than risk overstaying our welcome until we ran ourselves–and the book–into the ground.
Yikes! This is sad news for people who like good comics, but good news for my wallet.
Marvel Press Release:
New Runaways Creative Team to Be Revealed at Baltimore Summit!
Brian K. Vaughan to Leave Runaways With Issue #24
The Runaways recently lost one of their own when a teammate died in Runaways #18 and now they’re about to lose two more members of the family as writer and co-creator Brian K. Vaughan is leaving the title with issue #24 along with co-creator and penciler Adrian Alphona. Vaughan’s run on the Runaways will span 42 issues, in that time accumulating a rapid fan base as well as a wealth of critical praise, winning several awards.
Starting in 2002, Vaughan and Alphona took the concept of teenagers learning that their parents are actually super villains and ran with it. Entertainment Weekly named Runways Vol.1 HC to its Must List and the America Library Association named it to the Top Ten list for Best Books for Young Adults for 2006. Wizard Magazine even named Runaways “the best original concept from Marvel in thirty years.” Now Vaughan and Alphona are leaving the kids they created to others as Runaways will continue on with a new creative team with issue #25.
Vaughan and Alphona’s run on the Runaways with help from artists Takeshi Miyazawa, and Mike Norton will be remembered as one of the best in recent Marvel history. Everyone at Marvel and all of the devoted Runaways fans wish Vaughan and Alphona the best with the same sendoff given at the end of each issue’s letters page – keep running.
But this is NOT the end of the Runaways…let the speculation begin now…who will be the new creative team on Runaways! The answer will be revealed to retailers at the Baltimore Summit in one week.