There’s a tendency in American media . . . and in our culture . . . that girls only get to be the sidekick, the accomplice, the mentor, the wife or girlfriend, the one behind the scenes doing research, instead of getting to be the hero.
We think that’s pretty terrible. Because girls are awesome, and being a hero is awesome, so clearly the two of them should go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
When we published Paul Pope’s Battling Boy back in 2013, we were so pleased to find that many reviewers called out the character Aurora West as one of the best parts of the book. An amazing girl hero, Aurora fights crime and monsters and is a wonderful, independent character.
We’re proud to be giving Aurora a place to tell her own story in The Rise of Aurora West, which comes out today. This is the first of two volumes — and you’ll find that Aurora has her own problems, her own story, and her own mysteries to solve separate from anything that Battling Boy is dealing with.
The Rise of Aurora West starts out Aurora’s journey, and by the end of the book, you can see Aurora already becoming her own hero . . . and the hero who could save the town of Arcopolis.