Parents. Most kids think theirs can be a little boring, clueless, or embarrassing. The teens in Runaways find out they have it a lot worse when they decide to sneak a peek at what they thought was a charity organization - and discover their parents are actually an evil, superpowered cult called the Pride.
So begins one of the most successful mainstream comics series of the past decade. That success isn't just a fluke. The lovable/love-to-hate-able characters and perfect blend of teen drama and comedy have drawn in some of the best writers in comics, including Joss Whedon, creator of the TV shows Firefly and Dollhouse (and a little supernatural series known as Buffy the Vampire Slayer.) The artists are no lightweights either, with hilarious visual gags and utterly gorgeous chapter covers.
Later volumes tie in more closely with the main Marvel Comics universe, but don't worry if you're not well-versed in superhero history. The stories in Runaways stand well enough on their own for a reader to enjoy without studying up.