RUNAWAYS Return In New SECRET WARS Series

Runaways #1 cover by Phil Noto
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Looks like a new group of runaways are on the run.

The latest in a long line of new series spinning out of Secret Wars is an all-new Runaways series by Noelle Stevenson and Sanford Greene, reports CBR. Set to launch in June, the new series will feature characters pulled from across the domains of the patchwork planet of Battleworld -- and may not necessarily be the same characters as in the original Runaways series.

"I think I can say that most of these characters I'm working with have been brought here from all over Battleworld -- the best and brightest of their domains -- so there's a real mashup of cultures, if you will," says Stevenson. "I'll leave it there for now."

The Phil Noto-drawn cover shown on CBR looks to feature Valeria Richards, daughter of the Fantastic Four's Reed and Sue Richards. Character designs posted with the announcement by Greene reveal Jubilee, Cloak, Dagger, Amadeus Cho, a young Bucky Barnes and Skaar, as well as a new character named Sanna.

The writer states that most are "established Marvel teens," but some will be a "little different" in this new series. She states the cast will be pulled from other previous superhero teams and is refering to them, informally as 'The Breakfast Club' in tribute to the 1980s teen movie of the same name.

"...they're a group who wouldn't necessarily choose to hang out with each other under normal circumstances -- and actually outright hate each other in a few cases -- but end up having to work together to survive and find out that they have more in common than they thought."

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When asked about following up on the original cult-favorite series and changing the cast completely, Stevenson says that its an "honor" but says there was "a pretty big desire to reinvent" the concept.

This new Runaways series will reportedly be set, initially at least, at an as-yet-unnamed school for "exceptional kids... to be future leaders and fighters" says Stevenson. The writer is careful to distance itself from other superhuman schools at Marvel, saying "this school has nefarious uses for the perfect generation it's molding" with the cirriculum being set to encourage "aggression, competition, ruthlessness and obedience".

Stevenson says that this new Runaways series will follow a similiar premise of the original by Brian K. Vaughn and Adrian Alphona of kids rebelling from a corrupt organization -- in the original it was their parents, and here in this Secret Wars tie-in it would seem to be this school. The writer declines in revealing who the exact villain (or villains) of the series will be, but says that they will have a "pretty unusual presence in the story."

Here's Sanford Greene's sketches, which CBR received from Marvel:

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