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Appearing in "The Good Die Young, Chapter One"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #13.

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Synopsis for "The Good Die Young, Chapter One"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #13.

It has been a week and the Runaways have grown tired of waiting for Cloak and Dagger to call the Avengers to arrest their parents. Alex then strides in tell everyone what he has translated from the Abstract so far. Apparently, twenty years ago, their parents were all pulled together by the Gibborim, anthropomorphic gods who desire to return Earth to its original, pure state. To this end, they formed the Pride, whom they instructed to bring the soul of an innocent girl to feed on for every year for the next quarter century, giving them the strength to wipe out humanity. In the duration of this time, they would have the power to secretly control Los Angeles as they see it. Once the Gibborim were rejuvenated, they would choose six members of the Pride to survive the coming Armageddon and rule the Earth eternally, while the rest would perished.

When Karolina asks where do they fit into this, Alex reads that in the third year of the Pride, Janet Stein became pregnant. The Pride, except for the Deans and the Hayes, became intrigued with the idea of having children (the former did not want a child and the latter feared that they could not conceive). Deciding that perhaps their children could take their place in paradise, the Pride agree to tell their offspring of their double-lives when they turn eighteen.

Horrified by this shocking revelation, Molly and Chase suggests that they go to the authorities with this evidence but Alex shoots that idea down, as the LAPD is on the Pride's payroll. As it so happens, a squad of dirty cops, led by Lieutenant Flores, have found them.

Appearing in "The Good Die Young, Chapter Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #14.

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Synopsis for "The Good Die Young, Chapter Two"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #14.

Victor Stein visits the Wilder Residence to discuss the Rite of Thunder, which the Pride will have to perform that night, with Geoffrey Wilder. Victor says he finds the practice pointless without the chance for their offspring to inherit the Gibborim's paradise. Mr. Stein reminds Mr. Wilder that the Pride's motivation for accepting the Gibborim's offer and suggests forgetting their offspring for their own benefit. Mr. Wilder threatens Mr. Stein for even suggesting the notion of betraying his own son, but Victor reveals that he was actually testing his loyalty toward his son and receives word from the police radio that the LAPD has found the Runaways in Bronson Canyon.

As a last resort for escaping from the police, Nico caves in the Hostel using the Staff of One and Karolina protects her team from the falling rubble while Molly digs out an escape route. Mr. Wilder and Mr. Stein investigate the rubble with a rescue team only finding Lieutenant Flores. As payment for letting the Runaways escape, Mr. Wilder shoots the lieutenant and threatens to give the other police the same gift if they cannot find the runaway children in less than twelve hours. The Runaways stop on Mount Lee behind the Hollywood sign to rest and plan how they would ambush the Pride during the Rite of Thunder that night. The Deans and Minorus plan to betray the other members of the Pride also during the Rite of Thunder and take their own children to complete the six.

Appearing in "The Good Die Young, Chapter Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #15.

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Synopsis for "The Good Die Young, Chapter Three"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #15.

The Pride and the Runaways travel under the sea to the Gibborim's Marine Vivarium for the Rite of Thunder ritual. A sentry ambushes the Runaways, forcing Chase underwater while the other Runaways fight to save their teammate. Alex finds the Pride's password "philoprogenitiveness" to shut down the Gibborim's protector. Gert pulls Chase out of the water, announcing that he has lost his pulse and is no longer breathing.

Appearing in "The Good Die Young, Chapter Four"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #16.

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Synopsis for "The Good Die Young, Chapter Four"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #16.



Appearing in "The Good Die Young, Chapter Five"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #17.

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Synopsis for "The Good Die Young, Chapter Five"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #17.

Alex Wilder manages to figure out the spell to unfreeze Nico from her magical stasis. Regaining her senses, she panics upon seeing Alex's parents behind him. But what horrifies her more is that Alex is revealed to be the mole. He explains that he actually discovered the Pride's secret lair a year ago, while looking for presents at the last charity meeting. He was naturally horrified by killing of an innocent girl, but kept his mouth shut instead of calling the cops. He went digging into the Pride's past, searching through their books in his father's subbasement. It during that time that the Deans and the Hayes broke in and ripped out the pages of the Abstract that might detail them betraying the Pride. He even overheard them suggesting to lobotomize the others if they ever got suspicious.

Because he could not go to his parents about this betrayal, he set forth in motion a plan to stop this coup -- by helping the other Runaways unlock their powers and/or gadgets. Though he admits that bringing a vampire to the Hostel wasn't part of his plan. He tries reasoning with Nico to stick to the pact with the Gibborim so that they and their parents can rule a renewed Earth. In response, Nico hits him, stating that she would not be with him even if he was that last boy on Earth. She rushes to Karolina's side, waking her up, before informing her friend that Alex is the mole. Musing that he wasn't right for Nico, Karolina unleashes her solar fury on him. Alex responds by conjuring up chains based off the same metal as her bracelet to bound her. But Gertrude wakes up as well and reclaims her empathic link with Old Lace, who she commands to snatch the Staff of One and return it to Nico. Priming the Fistigons, Alex warns them not to make a move, or he will fry Karolina, though Nico thinks he's bluffing. Then suddenly, Chase, whom Alex thought was injured enough not to recover, crashes through the wall with Leapfrog. Nico capsizes on the distraction to use her magic to destroy the Fistigons. Her parents, priming their magic, insist that she stand down. Unfortunately, the Steins and the Yorkes have regained consciousness, furious at this betrayal. To end the fighting, Molly grabs the container holding the murdered girl's soul in it and crushes it, expelling a powerful light that shoots up through the water.

It is then that the Gibborim arrive, furious that they have not a soul to feast on. Alex steps forward, taking full responsibility for the loss of the soul, at which the Gibborim incinerate him. They then turn their murderous eyes on the Pride, declaring that they and their children shall die for ruining decades of preparation. The Pride band together to hold them off, so that their children can escape. But Nico refuses to leave her parents behind, even after all they've done. But her mother is not giving her a choice. The Runaways quickly get on the Leapfrog and escape before the Gibborim's underwater lair explodes. As they disembark on dry land, Captain America bears down upon them, asking if they have a license to drive.

Appearing in "Eighteen"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #18.

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Synopsis for "Eighteen"

This story is a reprint of the comic
Runaways #18.

Because of the Runaways' defeat of the Pride, the Avengers have stepped in to clean up Los Angeles, starting with a review of the LAPD. But Captain America believes that the Runaways should not have taken matters into their own hands and have them split up, with Old Lace and Leapfrog placed in storage. The Runaways reunite at the James Dean memorial at Griffith Observatory and decide to rescue Old Lace. At the warehouse, they encounter an ambush of robots and the team starts taking them down. One robot pins Nico to the wall and Chase gives her a knife to conjure the Staff of One. Instead, she uses the knife to stab the robot in the eye. Gert reunites with Old Lace and the Runaways steal the Leapfrog back as their getaway vehicle.

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