Publisher: :01 First Second Books
Monsters swarm over Acropolis' sprawling streets. Children are dragged into the night. A nightmare gang has claimed the life of the city's greatest vigilante, plunging citizens into despair. Battling Boy, hailing from a Kirby-esque race of gods, arrives on the Flash Gordon-style planet to prove himself in combat and become a true hero. The tale itself is simple at its heart: the making of a hero from an awkward young everyman, but it's a story that comic fans delight in hearing and one that Paul Pope builds up masterfully. Battling Boy must push beyond his limits, must accept both assistance and responsibility, and fight with absolutely everything he's got.
Pope was born to draw griffins and gods and things that eat tanks. His action scenes snap and sizzle through Battling Boy's struggles. Pope's fluid line work makes the capes ripple, the sweat flow, and the smoldering smoke coil and wreath. His expressive adults fret and bluster their way through negotiations with a pre-teen hero. Not only will First Second be proudly launching the amazing first volume of this limited series in this catalog, but PictureBox will be rolling out the artbook Paul Pope: The Road to Battling Boy. Look for both of these heroic additions to your library this fall!
~ Sarah Martinez