Tuesday means that Thwip! goes “retro” and talks about collections/storylines that we think were awesome (and still are) – today we talk about Paul Pope’s Battling Boy.
Mainstream comics (and most comics that come into the spotlight really) seemed geared more towards an older audience, so it is refreshing when I come across a comic that reminds us that kids can enjoy the medium too.
Paul Pope, whose unique art style is instantly recognizable, has created a superhero for the younger era. I am loathe to say it is “Harry Potter, but with superheroes!” and it really isn’t, it is actually more like a kid’s coming of age story but with more superpowers and science heroism that the norm. The story has two kids, the demigod and eponymous protagonist Battling Boy, and slightly older and angrier Aurora West, are thrown into trying to save a city that is constantly being bombarded by all kinds of monsters. The two have to learn how to be without adult supervision as they try to be heroes.
The story is energetic and really builds your expectations as to what is happening, with Aurora West trying to deal with the loss of her father and filling in his footsteps, while for Battling Boy it is a rite of passage which he has no idea how to survive. Boy’s powers are interesting and unique, West is a science hero who has issues with the monsters that fuels her.
The biggest problem is that this the only volume of the main story (there have been two volumes about Aurora West already out, which detail her younger years. The prequels are excellent and fuel my need for the next volume in the main series) and so once you complete it, you have to sit on your hands and wait for Pope to get the second volume out.