The Rise of Aurora West (Battling Boy #1) (Paperback)
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The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope's Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes... but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it 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. With a taut, fast-paced script from Paul Pope and JT Petty and gorgeous, kinetic art from David Rubin, The Rise of Aurora West (the first of two volumes) is a tour de force in comics storytelling.
About the Author
Paul Pope is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Batman: Year 100, Heavy Liquid, and 100%. Known for his frenetic, high-energy artwork and action-packed, genre-bending storytelling, Pope has won three Eisner Awards. He lives and works in New York City.
JT Petty is an American film director, author, and video game writer. His graphic novel Bloody Chester was published by First Second. He currently resides in Brooklyn, New York.
David Rubin is a Spanish cartoonist who has published several critically-acclaimed graphic novels including The Hero and Beowulf. He has also directed an animated feature film, Spirit of the Forest, and has been the subject of a documentary film himself. Rubin is the illustrator of two Battling Boy prequels: The Rise of Aurora West and Fall of the House of West (written by Paul Pope with JT Petty).
“Before she fought alongside Battling Boy for the safety of Acropolis, Aurora West was a teenaged apprentice to her father, the monster hunter/science detective Haggard West, as chronicles in this graphic novel prequel . . . Likely to please Aurora fans from the earlier title, this graphic novel also stands alone, giving readers a bright new heroine to admire.” —BCCB
“Pope's lauded Battling Boy takes place in the monster-ridden city of Acropolis, and this prequel, featuring feisty Aurora, the daughter of Acropolis' Bruce Wayne-like hero Haggard West, fills in the backstory of the city and its monster infestation . . . fans of Battling Boy will be eager to get their mitts on this thrilling installment featuring a compelling teen girl hero.” —Booklist
“Die-hard fans of the previous work will definitely want to pick up this book.” —School Library Journal
“This feels like a very different direction for the characters, and it's a thrilling one; expect readers to clamor for the next installments of this clever spinoff.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Paul Pope's delightful and original Battling Boy is the adventure of the year!” —Jeff Smith, Eisner Award-winning author of Bone on Battling Boy
“Full of energy, precision, and pure kick--not to be missed.” —Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies on Battling Boy
“A new generation hero.” —Entertainment Weekly on Battling Boy