The ink is barely dry on writer/artist Paul Pope's new all-ages graphic novel Battling Boy, but just like that, a prequel is on the way.

The Rise of Aurora West, which tells the story of one of Battling Boy's allies, the daughter of science hero Haggard West, is set for release in July 2014. Pope will have some help on the book this time. J.T. Petty will co-write it with him and it'll be drawn by artist David Rubin.

Here's what Pope told Wired about the prequel, which is set in the monster-overrun town of Acropolis:

I really imagined [Haggard West] as a Doc Savage, Indiana Jones-type character, so when I was working on the script with J.T., I was able to get him to watch a lot of Universal serials from the ’30s, look at a lot of vintage pulp stuff. There’s a lot of really cool pulp archaeology that went into the series. It’s just really fun; it has a totally different tone from Battling Boy.

Battling Boy fans need not fear that Aurora West will pull Pope away from a sequel to the original book. Pope's already hard at work on another volume.

He said he'd like to see the world expand into one similar in scope to Hellboy's or Sin City's.

 

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[Via Wired]