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Comic Book: The Loners
Using less of your powers does not make you powerless.
— Tagline

The Loners was a six-issue Marvel Comics miniseries written by CB Cebulski and drawn by Karl Moline. Spinning off from Runaways, it tells the story of Excelsior, a support group for former teen superheroes, as they deal with a handful of supervillains and their own personal problems.

This series contains examples of:

  • Bleached Underpants: The mini-series glosses over the less kid-friendly aspects of Mattie's backstory, like the fact that the guy who harvested her was her ex-boyfriend.
  • Blood Knight: Darkhawk is constantly itching for a fight.
  • Call Back: The mini-series references Mattie's guest appearance in Alias, the events of Civil War, and the death of Hornet at the hands of a brainwashed Wolverine.
  • C-List Fodder: Played with. The entire team is made up of characters nobody else was using, and Darkhawk and Mattie nearly get killed by Nekra Sinclair, one of Spider-Woman's old enemies.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mattie Franklin was horribly, horribly exploited by an ex-boyfriend who harvested her for MGH.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The series opens with Phil Urich pleading with Julie Power not to jump...
  • Drama Queen: Julie Power does constant drama as a way of making people less curious about the things she'd rather not talk about.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Lightspeed has a crush on Turbo.
  • Former Child Star: The main characters are all former teen superheroes. Some of them miss it badly, particularly Lightspeed, who's never really known any other kind of life.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal: Julie gets brutally stabbed by Hollow and ends up in the hospital, which is not good for her because she doesn't want her family to know what she's up to. Luckily, she manages to heal quickly enough to flee before her family is contacted.
  • Japanese Politeness: After the team runs afoul of Fujikawa Industries (which has been harvesting Mutant Growth Hormone from former superheroes and supervillains), Mickey, who is of Japanese descent, uses Japanese Politeness with Fuyumi Fujikawa to prevent her team from getting their asses kicked by Fujikawa's mooks.
  • The Mole: Mattie Franklin was hired to spy on Ricochet and find out what he knows about Dusk's disappearance.
  • My Greatest Failure: Ricochet is haunted by his decision not to back up his best buddy Hornet on what sounded like a wild goose chase... and ended up being a fatal encounter with a mind-controlled Wolverine.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Julie's apparent ditziness is all an act.
  • Robot Girl: Namie the Red Ronin.
  • Shout-Out: All six of the covers are based on movie posters from the 80's:
  • Spin-Off: The miniseries is a spinoff of Runaways.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Phil Urich, towards Mickey.
  • Younger Than They Look: Julie is only seventeen.
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