In 2019 Shelfdust asked over a hundred comic book critics, podcasters, vloggers and commentators to pick their personal, subjective favourite ‘first’ comic book issues of all time. From their choices we counted down the top fifty entries, which you can find here! But we’re not leaving it there. Now the list is over and we know which comics made the list, we’ve invited critic and podcaster Matt Lune to host a weekly show right here on Shelfdust! Each week Matt will be sitting down with a different comic critic to look at every comic which charted into the top fifty, one issue at a time.

This week it’s time to find out about the secret lives of our evil parents, as we look at the comic which ended up in 18th place: Runaways #1 by Brian K. Vaughan, Adrian Alphona, David Newbold, Brian Reber and Paul Tutrone!

Runaways follows a group of kids whose parents throw a party each year: after spending time introducing each family separately, Vaughan’s script then hurls the very different children together into an awkward, tentative group as they wait for their parents’ private meal to finish. When they get bored and go eavesdrop, however, it leads to a massive surprise at the end – something you wouldn’t have expected to happen in a Marvel comic. Luckily, this week Matt is joined by special guest Adrienne Resha to talk all about it!

You can listen to the episode:


Come back next week….. as Matt will be talking to Christian Hoffer (him again!) about Ultimate Spider-Man #1!


Adrienne Resha is an academic and comics critic whose work has been seen in Eisner-winning publications like WomenWriteAboutComics and INKS. You can find her on Twitter here!

Matt Lune is a critic and podcaster who has written for publications including PanelXPanel, The MNT and Multiversity. You can find him on Twitter here!


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