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The Rise of Aurora West

by J. T. Petty, Paul Pope
Illustrator David Rubfn

first second | September 30, 2014 | Trade Paperback

The Rise of Aurora West is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.

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.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.45 × 4.95 × 0.58 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: first second

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1626720096

ISBN - 13: 9781626720091

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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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The Rise of Aurora West

The Rise of Aurora West

by J. T. Petty, Paul Pope
Illustrator David Rubfn

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 160 pages, 7.45 × 4.95 × 0.58 in

Published: September 30, 2014

Publisher: first second

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1626720096

ISBN - 13: 9781626720091

From the Publisher

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. 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. His graphic novel, Bloody Chester, was also 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.

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A new generation hero.