Last year the extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope‘s Battling Boy was rife with monsters and short on heroes… I finished that first volume and immediately wanted to read more. The look, the vibe, everything about it, was fresh and fun. It was exactly what the comic market needed, something that was fun.
While we wait for the second volume of that great series, we get a tie-in with The Rise of Aurora West, out next week from First Second, it pairs Pope with writer J.T. Petty and artist David Rubin to give us an action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe. We see the world through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis’s last great hero, Haggard West.
A prequel to Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption.
It should be no surprise that the graphic novel is amazing, continuing the tour de force that is the Battling Boy world.
To promote the upcoming release artist David Rubin is doing a virtual tour to promote the book including a stop here! Check out this exclusive art of one of the monsters you’ll see, which will hopefully get you excited to check out the book when it hit shelves. And come back next week for a review of the graphic novel!