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Title:
The rise of Aurora West
Author:
Petty, J. T. (John T.), author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : First Second, 2014.

©2014
Physical Description:
150 pages : illustrations ; 19 cm
Summary:
Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis's last great hero, seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother's death, and to find her place in a world overrun with monsters and corruption.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781626720091

9781626722682
Format :
Book

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

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.


Author Notes

Paul Pope is the acclaimed author-illustrator of Batman: Year 100 , Heavy Liquid , and 100% . He has won three Eisner Awards, and his first graphic novel for kids, Battling Boy, was a #1 New York Times best seller.

JT Petty is an American film director, author, and video game writer. With Paul Pope, he wrote two Battling Boy prequels: The Rise of Aurora West and Fall of the House of West .

David Rubin is a Spanish cartoonist and author of critically-acclaimed graphic novels including The Hero and Beowulf . He directed the animated feature film Spirit of the Forest and has been the subject of a documentary.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Pope's lauded Battling Boy (2013) 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. As her father's apprentice, teenage Aurora learns fighting skills and joins him to patrol the streets and uncover dastardly plots. She is a crackerjack investigator to boot, and when she discovers a mysterious emblem that hearkens back to her childhood and her mother's unsolved murder, she follows the lead on her own and starts to learn troubling secrets about her family. Rubin has taken over art duties for this installment of the story, and the exaggerated curves and swirling lines in the grayscale illustrations are very reminiscent of Pope's own style. The trim size is small, and some panels are occasionally difficult to decipher, but fans of Battling Boy (and there are many) will be eager to get their mitts on this thrilling installment featuring a compelling teen girl hero.--Hunter, Sarah Copyright 2014 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 6 Up-This prequel to Battling Boy (First Second, 2013) reveals the backstories of some of the supporting characters introduced in that book. Aurora West, the daughter of science hero Haggard West, is training to be a monster hunter just like her father. While chasing down monsters that are stealing parts for a mysterious device, Aurora encounters a symbol she remembers from her past. Tracking down the origins of the symbol, she discovers that her imaginary friend from her youth was actually real, became one of the villains that she frequently battles, and may have even been involved in her mother's death. Since Aurora and her father were only briefly mentioned in the previous installment, this volume does a wonderful job of fleshing out their characters further; readers see an Aurora that's not as confident in her abilities, and a slightly jaded and darker side to her heroic father. Pope's gritty, experimental art from the original Battling Boy has been replaced by Rubin's more traditional style, giving a '60s "Silver Age" appearance to the work. Although fans will long for the old, full-colored artwork of the original, the new style works to evoke a nostalgic atmosphere. Die-hard fans of the previous work will definitely want to pick up this book, but those new to the series will want to start from the beginning of this epic sci-fi.- Peter Blenski, Greenfield Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.