- Age Range: 10 - 18 years
- Grade Level: 4 - 6
- Series: Battling Boy
- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: First Second (September 30, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1626720096
- ISBN-13: 978-1626720091
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 21 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #564,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Rise of Aurora West (Battling Boy) Paperback – September 30, 2014
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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 Pope's gritty, experimental art from the original Battling Boy has been replaced by Rubin's more traditional style, giving a '60s "Silver Age" appearance to the work.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
“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
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Not in the same way obviously, I haven't killed any huge monsters with a knife in like....six years...
I haven't read Battling Boy but might just have to because of how good the storytelling was. Did I mention Rubin? His stuff is great!
Keep in mind when purchasing this that the illustration is not done by Paul Pope.