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darkblade ([personal profile] darkblade) wrote in [community profile] scans_daily2009-12-14 22:48

Solo Runaway

Back in the distant past of 2007 there was a four part miniseries dealing with minor magic characters from Marvel. At least that was what it was advertised as in reality it was the story of a one note redeemed former Dr. Strange villain Ian McNeil hunting down artifacts that in the past were encountered by Magik, Scarlet Witch, the original Black Knight and Nico Minoru (referred to as Sister Grimm on the cover of her book. Even though they pretty much forgot those codenames after three days).

Each issue took the format of two stories one Ian McNeil looking for the artifact, two the title character finding the artifact a long time ago. Nico’s story has 22 pages.

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So we open with a recap of the first arc of Runaways which you all should go out and buy if you haven’t already. It even comes in a handy digest size (Does that save me from a DMCA Marvel Lawyers?).

Anyways we are skipping that page because you should know that already. Basically she has evil wizard parents, her and her friends fight said evil parents, one of the friends is secretly evil and then he dies, they defeat parents, Cap finds them and sends them to different foster homes and boarding schools. (Capdickery?) Nico got sent to “Father Flanagan's Home for Unwanted Goth Kids”. No really that’s what it was called.

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So Nico wearing some painfully bland and mundane clothes meets some Goth friend from their absurdly named boarding home. The evil monologue is coming from the villain of this story as she stalks Nico. Stephanie Myers would call that romantic.

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Black coffee is just so Goth right? While this story is decently written in other aspects I can’t help but feel that the writer learned about Goth subculture by sitting outside a Hot Topic for a few hours.
I am going to give our mysterious villain props for using cherry juice to make a magic ward of some kind in the second panel. Too often magic villains would just pull a live mouse out of their pocket, snap its neck and use that blood to make the ward.
So Nico’s friends suggest that she has survivor’s guilt and talk her into going to generic Goth Club #12355 or some such later that night. Rather unremarkable except the very last panel which makes good use of blur and has some interesting dialogue.

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Wow...subtext ahoy! Just for the record this takes place before the reveal that Karolina is a lesbian despite being written a bit after. None the less Nico now has two other women who have been implied to be attracted to her. Probably not a record but kind of impressive anyways.

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Okay then...let’s make that three. Maybe that Myers crack I made earlier wasn’t that far off.
So later at the club our Cullen-esque, pieomancer confronts Nico. She says she needs Nico’s help in dealing with a magic mirror that used to belong to her parents. To unlock it’s powers she needs some of Nico’s blood. You’d have thought that Nico’s parents might invest some time in learning some magic that doesn’t involve self harm.
Nico’s reaction to this give us the preview image.

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“...Let the Staff of One Emerge.”

Wait? What? That guy had a beer? This club is licensed? Nico is only sixteen. How the hell did she get in?

No time to worry about that though. Goth zombie!

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Or not...

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I am running out of scan pages so Nico tries using the mirror to go back in time and save Alex and the mirror shows her mother telling Nico that she will “...always be one of us.”
Nico breaks the mirror and a piece of paper comes out that seemingly was the real powerful magic that the pieomancer wants. So she gets up steals the paper and teleports away leaving Nico alone to wonder if she is destined to go down the dark path like her parents.

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Okay at this point I call bullshit. No, Nico would not be hiding something like this from the other Runaways. They are her family now you don’t hide shit like that from your family. Not to mention the Harry Potter jokes Molly would make about Nico fighting an evil witch would be golden.

So yeah that was Nico's Mystic Arcana story. I might do posts for the other three stories and maybe Ian McNee's metaplot if people because I feel this mini-event was underrated.

kingrockwell: he's a sexy (Death of the Endless)

[personal profile] kingrockwell 2009-12-15 04:30 (UTC)(link)
Ooh, is this Phil Noto on art? It looks a little weird for him (maybe it's the inker), but still recognizable.
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[personal profile] nevermore999 2009-12-15 05:33 (UTC)(link)
You can totally tell because his Nico looks just like his Cassandra Cain. I guess that's his default asian face.
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[personal profile] kingrockwell 2009-12-15 05:58 (UTC)(link)
(when i saw the preview image, that was the first thing that went through my mind!)
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[personal profile] ravenous_raven 2009-12-15 04:31 (UTC)(link)
thanks very much for posting this! it does appear a little rocky, but hey, I'll take Runaways where I can. /love/ Nico's clubbing outfit, but she's right, black suits her better
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[personal profile] charlemagnne 2009-12-15 04:36 (UTC)(link)
I've got to say, I liked your commentary. I chuckled a the Stephanie Meyer bit.

I thought Nico did eventually tell the other Runaways about the whole thing with Alex when future Gert shows up? So its not that bad, and she doesn't wind up hiding stuff from them.

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[personal profile] charlemagnne 2009-12-15 04:49 (UTC)(link)
I'm assuming this isn't BKV writing though? So maybe there was a disconnect or miscommunication thing going on.

Slightly unrelated, but Karolina should get her own mini. In space.
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[personal profile] charlemagnne 2009-12-15 05:06 (UTC)(link)
They should both get minis that eventually tie into each other. With competent writers.
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[personal profile] charlemagnne 2009-12-15 05:15 (UTC)(link)
Molly can be the cavalry. And lead a band of space pirates as Captain Princess Powerful.
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[personal profile] suzene 2009-12-15 05:31 (UTC)(link)
Cebulski did the X-Infernus mini, which was pretty not bad. He also did a good chunk of the writing on the first Marvel Ultimate Alliance game, which had one of the most badass Nightcrawler scenes of the past decade.

Observe.

I don't know how much involvement he had in that, but there's plenty of awesome to go around where that clip is concerned.
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[personal profile] suzene 2009-12-15 05:38 (UTC)(link)
Alas, the perils of being a swashbuckler at heart, but a damsel in distress by plot. ;)

[personal profile] arilou_skiff 2009-12-15 13:27 (UTC)(link)
He also did "Loners".
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[personal profile] citygod 2009-12-15 21:43 (UTC)(link)
That WAS bad-ass. Makes me wonder why they bother with live-action and just make movies like that.
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[personal profile] angelophile 2009-12-15 14:53 (UTC)(link)
C.B. was the editor on BKV's original run and worked pretty closely with him in the early days. He's done a number of Runaways spin-offs.
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Yes he has

[personal profile] nefrekeptah 2009-12-15 21:38 (UTC)(link)
And they all more or less sucked. He may be a good editor, but he's not so good as a writer.
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[personal profile] gargoylekitty 2009-12-15 04:51 (UTC)(link)
Oh wow, I'd completely forgotten about this despite owning it.
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[personal profile] sandoz_iscariot 2009-12-15 05:03 (UTC)(link)
It's pretty forgettable.
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[personal profile] nefrekeptah 2009-12-15 09:24 (UTC)(link)
No, even compared to Moore's run, it's pretty awful. Moore's stories were crap, but his writing, at least, was better than this.
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[personal profile] box_in_the_box 2009-12-15 05:23 (UTC)(link)
Cool art. Shit writing.
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[personal profile] nothingbutcake 2009-12-15 08:13 (UTC)(link)
iawtc
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[personal profile] citygod 2009-12-15 21:45 (UTC)(link)
The art is lovely - from the icon, I thought it was Jaimie Hernandez. And is there higher praise than that?
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[personal profile] lamashtar 2009-12-15 08:06 (UTC)(link)
I thought the person was a guy...

And what do you mean 'you don't hide things from your family?' Family are always in your business, so you work even harder to hide things from the nosey bastards.
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[personal profile] lamashtar 2009-12-15 08:23 (UTC)(link)
I think that falls under 'Arcana was not important enough a story to really be major continuity that needed to be referenced'.
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[personal profile] lamashtar 2009-12-15 08:46 (UTC)(link)
I was really excited at first...the Ghost Rider appearance in the Judgement tarot card was awesome...but it just lacked something.
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[personal profile] newnumber6 2009-12-15 15:01 (UTC)(link)
Yeah, I didn't care for this at all. I keep it out of my own personal canon. The basic story beats aren't bad, but the writing was kind of cringeworthy.
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[personal profile] thatnickguy 2009-12-15 15:06 (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah, I remember this. This was supposed to be a magic-related event on the same level as Annhilation. Same format and everything, I think. It supposed to heighten the popularity of the magic corner of Marvel, much like Annhilation did for the cosmic.

How'd that work out, eh?
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[personal profile] auggie18 2009-12-15 15:16 (UTC)(link)
Oh yeah, this event. I bought the Scarlet Witch book and was kind of unimpressed. It was okay, I guess. Wasn't aware it was supposed to be some sort of big crossover event thing.

I still want a mini about Dr Strange teaching the young magic users of the Marvel U magic. (Pixie, Wiccan, Nico, etc). He finds a brainwashed Damien Hellstorm and a beat up Darkchilde and realizes someone is attempting to control magic by taking out all the newer magic users, so he gathers them together and teaches them how to use new avenues of magic to defend themselves.


Or something.
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[personal profile] bruinsfan 2009-12-15 21:31 (UTC)(link)
I think since he's already in grizzled mentor mode for Jericho Drumm and that sassy-yet-forgettable kid in his current mini, he might as well start instructing Elizabeth Twoyoungmen as well.
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[personal profile] halloweenjack 2009-12-15 17:28 (UTC)(link)
yay fanservice panty shot
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[personal profile] iskander 2009-12-16 00:43 (UTC)(link)
This seems like an attempt at an "Alias" book for magic (?)
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[personal profile] tsunamiwombat 2009-12-16 22:44 (UTC)(link)
THIS WRITING IS SO BAD, IT BURNS IS PRECIOUS IT BURNNNNSSS USSSSESS