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Not a great start, but a promising series all-around,
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This review is from: Battling Boy (Paperback)
I'm going to lay it straight for you all. This isn't the best Paul Pope comic you will ever read, but I must be fair, it's better than a lot of the mainstream stuff out there and there's a lot of promise in the story too. "BattlingBoy" is our young protagonist who is given the task of ridding evil and killing monsters (a la trials of Hercules) from the city of Acropolis (again, notice the Greek mythology reference...). It's not all Greek mythology on show here, comic book fans old and new can clearly point out the references to many other superhero sagas. For Battling Boy, read Superboy (but also notice how his powers are similar to that of animal man...read the Morrison series please...) For Haggard West (clearly Batman); Battling Boy's father is Thor (there is no doubt here). There's a lot to notice and to behold here. The story, admittedly, takes sometime to get your head around. The pace and the "framerate" of the art seemed to jump quickly to one scene to the next (not actually a problem with reading comics, you can take your time. If you're a quick reader though...) Popes artwork, despite what some would say is ugly, I find to be Kirby-esque. The way it is drawn, the characters' designs even the colour itself bring to mind Kirby. This'll be to some readers tastes or not (if you like your modern comic art to be like Jim Lee's or Van Sciver's this isn't for you, put it that way). You could say it kind of feels like an old pulp strip (or resembles it). My criticisms? The story is great to be honest but the homages and references do get in the way for me, it's not so much pointed out and obvious but more like there to be seen or noticed (any silver age fan will be ticking boxes reading this) and the story for me doesn't really pick up that well until later in the volume. Please stick around for the next volume though, it promises to be good...