After a series of teasers revealing the characters involved, Marvel has announced that YA-author Rainbow Rowell and artist Kris Anka are launching a new Runaways series.
“This is my favorite Marvel book. When [editor Nick Lowe] first reached out to me a few years ago about maybe working for Marvel, it was the first thing I asked him about,” Rowell told Entertainment Weekly. “The characters and original story by Brian K. Vaughan are just so great and so beautifully built. I was really excited because I always felt like there were more Runaway stories and that book should just have kept going.”
Rowell's involvement in an upcoming Marvel title was announced on Wednesday, though no information about what series she'd be working on was given.
Included in the cover for Runaways #1, seen here, is the deceased Gertrude Yorkes, whose return was implied in the last teaser for the series. It's unknown in what capacity she will return, but her placement on the cover seems to suggest that she'll play an important role in the series' first arc.
Though Rowell did not reveal how Gert may return, she did address the notion of bringing the team back together from disparate places.
“It’s kind of funny calling them the Runaways because it’s not like they’re the Avengers or the X-Men. They were not formed with a mission and a purpose. They’re just kids who ended up in the same boat,” Rowell explained. “At the beginning of this series they are scattered to the four winds and half of them are dead. One of the challenges now is who are they when they’re apart? They got thrown together, but now they’ve been pulled apart. They’re trying to figure out who they really are without each other… This arc is very much about them choosing to be together.”
Missing from the cover is Alex Wilder, who betrayed the team and became a villain. Wilder recently reappeared in Power Man & Iron Fist in what series writer David F. Walker said was a "crucial" role for the Marvel U moving forward. His possible inclusion in this new Runaways series wasn't addressed by Rowell or Marvel in this announcement article, however.
Runaways #1 is scheduled to debut in September. A Runaways TV adaptation is scheduled to debut sometime in 2018.