Two weeks ago, Paul Pope's Battling Boy hit the shelves. By reading this comic, you know that this book is born out of Pope's love for superheroes and the medium of comics. In short, the story follows Battling Boy as he is instructed by his father (a Thor like demigod) to protect the people of Acropolis from the hordes of monsters that are terrorizing the city. Acropolis already has protectors, namely Haggard West and his daughter, which means Battling Boy is not alone in his quest to protect the people of Acropolis. The story has great characterization of both heroes and villains and all the characters in between. There are clear and familiar archetypes that Pope is playing with in both refreshing and familiar ways (i.e. "boy sent by parents to protect a foreign people" is the most obvious). It was this reconfiguration of archetypes that I found engaging and familiar, while Pope does not redefine the superhero genre or its familiar archetypes, it was a refreshing read that reminded me why I love comics and the stories they tell.
|Pull my finger. Okay fine, don't.|
|Venom's audition reel for Nightmare Before Christmas 2|
I was happy to be acquainted with Battling Boy, Haggard West, Acropolis, and the world they populate and can not wait to learn more about this amazing world in the upcoming sequels and prequels Pope has planned. I highly recommend that you go to your local comic book store and pick up this great book that will remind you why you love comics again (and its only $16!!).
I easily give Battling Boy by Paul Pope a 9 out of 10.
To see more of Paul Pope's art, see his website.