Animals, monsters — and dreams

December 19, 2014 5:57 PM

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Animals, monsters — and dreams

Battling Boy: The Rise of Aurora West. Paul Pope, JT Petty, David Rubín. First Second. 160 pages. $9.99. Pope’s rambunctious and exhilarating 2013 hit Battling Boy left readers wanting more — and more is coming — but this prequel fills the gap brilliantly. Pope didn’t draw this one, but Spanish film director, animator and artist David Rubin was a terrific choice to illustrate. This chapter features a remarkable young girl seeking the monster — literally a monster — who killed her mother but may have also been her “imaginary friend.” The resonant archetypes never get in the way of the excitement as Aurora West fights alongside her father, the sole protector of Arcopolis, a city overrun by an infestation of strange creatures and spirits, kicks ass, takes names and becomes a ferocious hero.

Museum of Mistakes: The Fart Party Collection. Julia Wertz. Atomic Book Company. 400 pages. $24. A bonanza! The great Julia Wertz’s first two collections are reprinted here, plus the third, unpublished volume is also included, along with sketches and plenty of bonus material. Wertz’s personal accoun...

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