Ruddy hell, but how have we all managed to let Molly Hayes slip from our collective grasp? One of the several great female characters in Runaways (the male characters? ehhhhh), she was created by Brian K Vaughan and Adrian Alphona – that’s right, the guy who writes Saga and the guy who draws Ms Marvel. That’s a great early pedigree, no?
One of several children who find out that their parents are secretly super-villains who perform ritual sacrifices in their cellar, Molly goes on the run with the others as they try to escape from the grasp of their powerful villainous parents. And she fairly immediately establishes herself as a breakout character, being the youngest and funniest member of the group. Stroppy and strong-willed, she doesn’t quite understand what’s going on, and she treats her growing mutant powers as a fun game rather than a skill she’ll need to hone if she is to survive.
She’s a delight from start to finish, and it looked like Marvel were planning to transfer her across to the X-Men once Runaways ended and withered away. However, for some reason, this hasn’t happened – and in fact what we have instead is a grown-up boring future-version of Molly which bears no resemblance to the original, still active Molly. Ugh!
Everybody wants the Runaways to return – and with the rise of digital and the growing activism for characters like Captain Marvel, it seems like now would be a fantastic time to re-pitch the concept of the characters to a new audience. They’re remembered very fondly indeed, and Molly especially. How’s about it, Marvel?