If the world of comics has a Punk Rock God, it can only be Paul Pope. Pope's newest book, Battling Boy, is a screaming, beating, roaring, blasting jam session between heroic myth, coming-of-age story, Japanese monster movie and manga. Beneath Pope's dynamic, sinewy
art, he plays out compelling themes of growth, responsibility, fortitude and -- in keeping with an unexpected element of his oeuvre -- urban bureaucracy. A rare graphic novel that captures the brazen, funky energy of early superhero comics in a truly modern vernacular, this is not to be missed.