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Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter One"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #1.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter One"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #1.

Alex is playing a computer game before being interrupted by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wilder. They ask him to be ready when their party guests arrive to their home in Malibu, California.

Every year, the Wilders hold an annual gathering of the same five families and their children: Gerturde, the whiny yet intelligent daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Yorkes; Karolina, the light-hearted vegan daughter of actors Frank and Mrs. Dean; Chase, the rebellious jock son of Victor and Mrs. Stein; Molly, timid daughter of Dr. and Dr. Hayes; and Nico, the goth daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Minoru.

After all of the families arrive at the Wilders' mansion and mingle in the foyer, the parents head to the library while they send the children into the game room. Boredom ensues for the kids and so Alex suggests that they spy on their parents by way of a secret passage he found when looking for Christmas presents.

Upon finding a two-way mirror into the library, the kids discover their parents dressed up and believe them to be superheroes, The Pride, as Alex's father calls them; however, as they watch, Mrs. Wilder escorts in a young woman and the children begin to question their parents actions.

The Steins proceed to prepare a device, as Mr. Wilder thrusts a blade into the woman's stomach, stating that she is helping to forge a better tomorrow for their children. Before the meeting can continue, The Pride detect Nico's scream from behind the mirror where the children are located.

Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #2.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #2.

The issue begins right where the previous one left off; the Pride had just killed a young woman while being spied upon through a secret passage by their children. Having heard a noise coming from behind the two-way mirror, the Pride is torn between thinking it is something/someone sinister or just "psychic residue from the sacrifice"[2], according to Alice Hayes. While Geoffery Wilder sends two members to check his secret catacombs, he sends his wife, Catherine, to check on the children in the game room. The rest of the Pride discusses the possibility that it may have been the children who had found them out. Leslie Dean then mentions that they are "suppose to protect them from all this until they're eighteen", which Tina Minoru says is what the "Abstract dictates."[3]

As Caroline Wilder approaches the game room, she hears commotion, but though alarmed, it appears that the children were just playing a game of Twister. As she leaves, the children stop the ruse and try to discuss what they just witnessed, filling in Karolina, who missed the killing in order to escort Molly back to the game room. Alex Wilder suggests that they try to take their parents out, but the discussion ends when the parents arrive and request two of them, Nico and Alex, to carry a trunk out to the Yorkes' car. While doing so, Alex and Nico ponder whether or not the body of the girl is in the trunk. Alex then resolves to have the other kids to meet later in the evening in order to discuss their possibilities.

At that time, they all meet (except for Molly, who still does not know) at the Griffith Observatory. Alex thinks that they should contact the Los Angeles Police Department and report the murder and is sided with by Gertrude. Chase and Karolina opt to just forget what they saw and chalk it up as a performance piece. The deciding vote comes down to Nico, who sides with calling the police. Alex makes the call after the decision is made, but the cop at the precinct is unbelieving and refers him to the Avengers. Alex then decides the only way to make the police believe is to bring them the body of the girl, now thought to be hidden in the Yorke residence.

At their home, the children explore the basement and discover a keypad hidden behind a painting. Nico notices that the password must include the numbers "3", "4", and "7" since they show wear and Alex suggests, after learning there are also letters, that the password is "Pride". Despite the skepticism from the others, Nico inputs the code and a secret wall slides away to reveal, in the final panel, what appears to be a large, angry looking lizard (later named Old Lace).

Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #3.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #3.

The comic begins with the group of Runaways being confronted with a giant lizard reminiscent of a velociraptor (Old Lace) that was being confined behind a secret passage in the Yorkes residence. The kids contemplate what to do with the watchful beast as Chase Stein takes the initiative and attacks the creature, which retaliates. However, at the command of Gertrude, the creature becomes docile. As the kids ponder this turn of events, a holographic image of the Yorkes materializes and reveals they had left the creature as protection for Gertrude if they had died. Old Lace is a genetically alerted dinosaur from the 31st century, since the Yorkes parents are time travelers.

The group decides to head for Karolina Dean's home, which is empty since her actor parents had gone to New York City. Leaving the dinosaur behind despite Gertrude's pleas to bring it, the kids make their way to the Dean residence. While there, they discover that Karolina's medical alert bracelet has significant meaning. A piece of paper found with a crossed out picture of the bracelet leads Karolina to rip off the trinket in a huff, revealing her to be a luminescent being. The group then contemplates the possibility that Karolina is an alien after she discovers she can fly. The final scenes of the comic show that the detective the kids contacted in Runaways #2 has taken the complaint to his superior, Lieutenant Flores. The comic ends with Flores contacting Alex Wilder's father, the apparent leader of the Pride, to inform him of the possible situation his son has brought about.

Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter Four"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #4.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter Four"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #4.

After being alerted by his minion Lieutenant Flores of the LAPD[4] that his son reported a murder[5], Geoffrey Wilder, leader of The Pride, visits Alex's room to discover he is nowhere to be found. Alex is actually at the Dean residence about 11 miles away where Karolina Dean is still reveling in her new found discovery of her alien power to fly.[4] The rest of the group tries to decide what to do with their discoveries. They decide to find and reveal to Molly Hayes, who they had left out until this point because of her age[6], what they have found out about their collective parents. However, Chase Stein persuaded the rest to stop by his home first in case there is anything there that he is meant to receive or learn. As they leave, Gertrude Yorkes senses someone watches but decides to dismiss the fact. She is right, since Old Lace has been following them since they left the genetically altered dinosaur at the Yorke's residence.[4]

The kids arrive at the Stein residence and go to inspect Chases parents' work shed, which turns out to be deceptively small on the outside but large inside. They find a variety of mechanical weapons and experiments before being confronted by the Steins and Minorus. As Chase puts on some robot gloves (fistigons) and X-ray goggles, his father uses a device to subdue him. Alex then removes Karolina's bracelet, unleashing her alien luminescent powers, before they are both attacked by the parents. Nico Minoru's mother tries to stab Nico with the Staff of One, which is absorbed by Nico to her mothers amazement. Old Lace makes an appearance and occupies Mr. Stein while Nico assaults her father, breaking his hold on Karolina, who then shoots a beam of energy at him.

With the Steins and Minorus subdued, the group pile into Chase's van and Karolina drives them towards the Hayes' residence to get Molly. However, on the way Gertrude's phone rings. The comic ends as the Hayes and Yorkes threaten to kill Molly unless the teens surrender.

Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter Five"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #5.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter Five"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #5.

The comic begins with the Steins and Yorkes' watching over Molly Hayes as they wait for the rest of the children to show up after the parents had threatened Molly's life.[7] However, Molly starts to come out of the trance. As her mother talks to her, Molly says she hasn't been feeling well and that she had been bleeding. Her mother thinks this has to be due to her hormones and her growing into a woman, so she soothes her daughter back into the trance. The comic then breaks to the teens one the side of the road trying to discuss what to do. In the course of the discussion, Chase unknowingly activates the fistigons he stole from his parents[7], which shoots a spray of fire. They all decide then to assault the Hayes' residence and extract Molly.

Back at the Hayes residence, Leslie Dean shows up from New York City, though without her husband Frank. Outside, the teens are getting into position with Alex Wilder leading the group through walkie-talkies. He and Nico then discuss the plan, but she ends up kissing him just in case things go wrong. The both then approach the house and ring the doorbell. As Dr. Hayes lets them in, he is attacked from behind by Old Lace. Alex, Nico and Gertrude then try to carry out the rest of the plan but are waylaid by the Yorkes. Nico, who becomes frustrated, lunges at the Yorkes and is cut by a battle ax. Due to the spilled blood, the Staff of One emerges from her body and she takes care of the parents before heading up to Molly's room.

Outside Leslie Dean confronts her daughter and Chase, but Karolina strikes her mother with the bracelet that keeps her alien powers at bay. This in turn also harms her mother and allows Leslie Dean to be knocked out. Back in the home, Nico has confronted Mrs. Hayes but their conversation is cut off when Molly awakens and it dawns on her mother that Molly is showing signs of being a mutant. Nico knocks out Mrs. Hayes with the Staff and Molly then threatens to hurt Nico, ending the comic.

Appearing in "Pride and Joy, Chapter Six"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #6.

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Synopsis for "Pride and Joy, Chapter Six"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #6.

At the Hayes' residence, Molly is angry at Nico after Nico had knocked Mrs. Hayes out with the Staff of One. Gertrude and Old Lace join them. Molly ends up freaked out about Old Lace while Gertrude is freaked out about Molly being a mutant. Alex comes into the room while Gertrude tries to fill Molly in on what has transpired over the past couple of hours. It turns out that Karolina and Chase had shirked their duties, though, and all of the kids are attacked by Mrs. Dean in Molly's room. She subdues Gertrude, but Molly then becomes angry and hurtles Mrs. Dean out of the house and into the pool.

The kids decide to leave after Nico and Alex go to get Mrs. Dean out of the pool, just in case she might drown. As they remove her, she attacks Nico again, but Alex hits her with the Staff. The van is making its way through downtown Los Angeles with Alex trying to use the ring he swiped from Mrs. Dean to decode the book they stole. It doesn't work because it only translate some of the words. Geoffrey Wilder then calls Alex's cell phone and informs the kids to turn on the radio. A news bulletin has gone out that Alex and the others are wanted in connection with the murdered girl, now identified as Destiny Gonzales, as well as the kidnapping of Molly. Alex hangs up on his father in frustration and Chase suggests they fall off of the radar of everything.

Back at the Hayes residence, the Pride makes a startling discovery. A note was left by one of the kids, pledging their loyalty still to their family. It is unsigned. Meanwhile, the kids have arrived at Chase's hiding spot, Bronson Canyon in Griffith Park, which is a place Chase likes to call The Hostel. The kids then discuss having new names, with everyone choosing one except for Alex, who vows to redeem his for however long it takes.

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  1. First and only known appearance to date besides flashbacks
  2. Page 2
  3. Page 3
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Runaways #3
  5. Runaways #1
  6. Runaways #2
  7. 7.0 7.1 Runaways 4



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