Writer: Rainbow Rowell / Artist: Kris Anka / Marvel Comics

Rainbow Rowell keeps the momentum going in Issue #3, but shifts the focus to the other end of the spectrum. What if squading back up with The Runaways was the last thing on your mind? Get ready to dive into an issue that focuses on one of our original team members’ new life.

Karolina Dean is happily enrolled at Pomona College, attending classes, and enjoying time with the best girlfriend she could’ve asked for. She’s loving her therapist and all the affirmations that she’s been taught. She now lives in the present and left her runaway fugitive, villainous parent past well behind her and is focusing on self. But what happens when this new world of positivity is upended with a tap at the door? What would one do when faced with the most unexpected blast from the past? Does an offer to get the band back together hold more value than a life unburdened with normalcy?

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Rowell crafts her character’s situational stances so dam precisely. She puts people in the perfect position to stand their ground and provide reasoning for their decisions. A conversational wizard is what I like to call her because Rainbow is a master at dialogue content creation. I’m still amazed at how well she puts together a debate amongst friends…or former teammates. Dare I highlight the subtle yet phenomenal humor Old laced all throughout this issue?
That college student walking out of their room, seeing a velociraptor, and straight up hitting that “NOPE!” turn around with the door close?! I. WAS. DEAD. Then you got the homie Kris Anka on his Salvador Dali game!

The colors of Karolina’s true form are spectacular. The posters on the dorm walls were a nod to the true college experience. Love the subtle Easter Eggs too. The anger, the shock, the angst and all the other expressions on our heroes faces say everything. When you need zero words to understand what’s happening in each panel, it’s proof that Anka is a true beast to be reckoned with.

9 Drumming Dinosaurs out of 10

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  • Ja-Quan is a NYC teacher and artist holding a B.A. in Sociology and History from SUNY New Paltz. On his journey to become Hokage, the Lord of The Speed Force and Protector of the Recaps can be found North of The Wall, chopping it up on Twitter @OGquankinobi

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