Supernatural monsters have overrun the city of Acropolis. They attack children on the streets, kidnapping them to who-knows-where. The city looks to Haggard West, scientist and superhero, to save them from the monster menace; Haggard is only too happy to oblige, driven by his own heartbreak – his wife is a casualty of the monsters, leaving him to raise their daughter, Aurora, all alone.
The Rise of Aurora West is the second in Eisner Award Winner Paul Pope’s science fiction series. The first installment, 2013’s Battling Boy, just won a Harvey Award. While Battling Boy is the first in the series, Aurora West gives us some character development on Aurora West and her father, Haggard; you can jump into the series with either of these books and be fine.
Aurora is badass. She’s smart, she’s a monster slayer, and she’s a good role model for tweens and teens alike who pick up the book. She’s a teenager who’s stuck between being a good daughter to her genius, superhero dad, with whom she goes out on monster-slaying missions, and being independent and following her heart, when she discovers clues that could lead to answers about her mother’s death and the origin of the monsters plaguing Acropolis.
Pick up Battling Boy (if you haven’t already) and The Rise of Aurora West for a good, sci-fi read with plenty of action and solid character development. If you’re trying to introduce a tween to comics, this is a great place to start.
The Rise of Aurora West is in stores on September 30, so hit your local comic book store and ask for it, or check out your local bookstore. And enjoy a sneak preview of the book, courtesy of the Tor.com website, below:
Battling Boy Rise of Aurora West Vol. 1 (of 2)
Writers: Paul Pope, JT Petty
Artist: David Rubin
Publisher: :01 First Second
On Sale: September 30, 2014