|Battling Boy's father introduces his new home- the city.|
|Sadisto and his minions grabbing some kids.|
Pope's artwork is clean and tight, but not smooth which works well in depicting the misshapen, grotesque and fantastical monsters, rough fights that destroy lots of drab scenery, a battle-worn father who is confident yet cautious, and a city that is losing all hope.Through the coloring, Pope creates a desolate landscape and a sky in perpetual twilight for the city. No bright colors on the buildings or sky. Battling Boy's home world is depicted as a smaller, cozier, more intimate space. A great contrast between the comfort of home and family and the feeling of being out in the world on your own. I wasn't sold on the look of the book at first, but Pope's style quickly won me over, coupled with characters that aren't run-of-the-mill and a story that makes you want to see more! And while I have a good idea what the answers to some of the questions are, I learned things aren't always what you would expect them to be in this story.
Battling Boy is 202 pages, full color for $15.99 and is published by :01 First Second. Pick it up at your comic shop, book store or library!