Everyone occasionally has the passing thought that their parents may be evil, but these kids know it for sure. Every year since forever, their parents have gotten together a few times a year to plan a big charity event. During these meetings, the kids are banished to a playroom—until this year. This year Alex has found a series of secret passages in his house, and he leads the other five kids down them, to spy on their parents. What they see seems impossible, but the knowledge that their parents are really, truly, murderously evil sends them on the run, with nothing but themselves to rely on.
Runaways is a really excellent storyline by Brian K. Vaughan (he wrote The Pride of Baghdad, and seasons 3-5 of LOST.) Unlike in most superhero comics, these kids sort of think costumes and code-names are lame, and their rallying cry is “try not to die.” It’s a great series, with a ton of great girl heroes and some pretty great guy heroes, and a genetically engineered dinosaur from the 87th Century, so it’s pure awesome from that standpoint.