Gods, they’re always trying to teach us something. “Us” being humans, but what do they try to teach each other and how the heck do we find out what’s being said ? I think Paul Pope has taken the first steps in bringing their world closer to us and he does so with astonishing flair. Illustrator/writer Paul Pope (Adventure Time, The Invincible Haggard West) scores another hit with Macmillan Publishing’s release Battling Boy!
I’m a newbie to the works of Paul Pope, but thumbing through Battling Boy, his artwork is what will inevitably grab your eyeballs. His illustrations aren’t your usual run-of-the-mill high gloss shit. It’s real and he achieves this realness by being honest to himself. That same honesty makes a smooth transition into his writing and what we end up with is a solid story about living honest in an hyper exploitative world. Strange talk for a super hero story, but Paul delivers some serious social commentary with Battling Boy.
Unfortunately, Haggard West is dead.
Arcopolis is desperate, but when its salvation comes in the form of a twelve-year-old demigod, nobody is more surprised than Battling Boy himself.
IT’S TIME TO MEET AN ELECTRIFYING NEW HERO.
Leaning heavily on eastern philosophies, the premise of Battling Boy won’t escape the informed or for that matter, the spiritual. Our young hero most cope with being the son of a God whose going through this epic ‘right of passage” all by himself, but I don’t think even his father /God, knew what was in store for the neophyte. This is when it get’s fun. Pope introduces us to a host of very interesting character’s and all with an original spin on them. The villains are thugs despite their supernatural exteriors and like thugs, they are very flawed. Pope makes use of their shortcomings and presents them as lemmings that Battling Boy must knock around in order to learn. The drama is all fun and games until the end, when Pope presents something more sinister than what we’d been seeing throughout this action packed graphic. Battling Boy is everything, action,comedy,morality etc and he gives it all to you on a new plain of existence. If your down for something fun and original, pick up this book!!