We haven’t reviewed a lot of stuff from :01 First Second but I have a feeling that’s going to change.
This is a great book, Paul Pope is an amazing writer and his punk interpertive style makes this book impossible to put down. I’m not kidding 208 pages, I think I took one break. The book is digest sized (8 x 6 inches) which is usually a turn off for me but as I read I was pulled into the story, a what a story it is.
This first (hopefully of many) chapters introduces us first to Acropolis – a city besieged by monsters – not just your usual run of the mill monsters either. No they’ve got their child stealing ghouls, werewolves, spider-things but they’ve also got Godzilla sized behemoths, devouring everything in their path!
Luckily for Acropolis they’ve got a hero, Haggard West! A hero of action, a hero of science! A man on a mission. But when West is defeated who will take his place? Well in a plot twist I can only describe as one part Hercules (of classic mythology) and one part Superman their new champion arrives, a 12 yr-old boy, Battling Boy and he’s here to defeat the monsters.
This would be wonderful, if he knew what he was doing. Sent forth from “The Hidden Gilded Realm” with no experience (he is 12 after all) and a suitcase given to him by his father he’s on his quest to become both a man and a hero. Take that and add in the backdrop of Acropolis a city on the edge of ruin (think Dresden in ’45) and a cast of characters as varied and layered as I could possibly hope for. From Aurora West, the adventurer to be and daughter of Haggard West, to the publicity hungry Mayor and his fearless fighting soldiers of the 154th you want to get to know them all. And hopefully we will.
It’s a fast paced mythological super hero coming of age action adventure. I couldn’t put it down. This is what I look for in a superhero story. Where’s the next chapter? 5 out of 5.
Written by: Paul Pope
Illustrated by: Paul Pope
Color by: Hilary Sycamore
Age Range: 10 and up
Grade Level: 5 and up
Paperback: 208 pages
Publisher: First Second (October 8, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6.2 x 0.5 inches
Since I have no pages to post here’s an article written by Paul Pope at the :01 First Second website where he discusses the then work in progress that will become Battling Boy…
Update! The folks over at 01 First Second sent us some pages! Take a look!