The Rise of Aurora West

Paperback | September 30, 2014

byPaul Pope, J. T. PettyIllustratorDavid Rubín

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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.

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A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe 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 ...

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. His first graphic novel for kids, Battling Boy, was a #1 New York TimesBest-Seller....

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 7.45 × 4.95 × 0.58 inPublished:September 30, 2014Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1626720096

ISBN - 13:9781626720091


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way Better Than Battling Boy Well, what a pleasant surprise! I did not like Battling Boy at all and didn't really have high expectations for this one. But wow, it was fantastic, nothing like Battling Boy, which I barely even remember and the art here is so much better. Which would be explained by it being done by David Rubin and not Paul Pope himself. A great monster-fighter story! A father trains his daughter to be his sidekick and eventually take over for him someday. There are mysterious circumstances surrounding the wife/mother's death and the girl is coming close to solving this. The book ends in a "to be continued" manner so nothing is wrapped up here. I liked the various monsters, they were interesting, and I loved the characters.
Date published: 2015-03-18
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A good story but the art style and the lack of colour was a bit overwhelming for me as a graphic novel newbie! I'm almost not sure how to rate this since I am very new to graphic novels. This is only my third one ever and the first that is in the traditional black and white style I associate with comics. I am not a good judge of the quality of the artwork so I will just rate it on my enjoyment of the story. I found it rather hard to understand at first as each frame is quite small and there are so many details packed into each one that it was confusing. I had trouble seeing the details in many frames because they were close to the center seam and disappeared into the fold. The action sequences were mostly battles with the evil monsters and made me think of the old Batman TV show with the "Kapow" and "Blam" balloons that would pop up. The story itself was quite interesting with Aurora trying to find out who killed her mother. I was especially excited to see a bit of archaeology make an appearance!
Date published: 2014-10-30

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"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