Paper Girls, Volume 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics
Genre: Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Release Date: April 5th 2016
Page Count: 144
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Damn Brian…back at it again with the weird sci-fi.
Where oh where do I even begin with Paper Girls? This comic series is downright weird and confusing…so naturally, I really enjoyed it. I’m all about the strange and quirky and I must say, I’ll probably read anything Brian K. Vaughan writes so, Paper Girls was perfect for me.
I love the idea of having four young girls as our main characters. It’s not often we see that in a sci-fi oriented story. I especially love the fact that this series primarily takes place in the 1980’s. It has been made clear on many occasions that if I could have experienced any decade, I would choose the 1980’s. Unfortunately, I was born two years too late, so I have to settle for experiencing the decade through pop culture.
I don’t even know if I can properly explain what the hell went on throughout this first volume. All I can tell you is that it involves time travel and that visitors from the future have come to invade 1988 in a rapture-like event. Weird right?
Our four main characters are all bad ass twelve year olds who are the first girls who have ever delivered the community’s local newspaper. The job is usually taken by the boys of the town, but once Mac (Mackenzie) becomes the first female paper “boy”, it opens up a new set of opportunities for the girls of the neighbourhood. That is until Halloween night of 1988 when all hell breaks loose…maybe quite literally?
I do really love the characters, and at first I really did love Mac, but then she showed a homophobic side, which kind of upset me. Then I remembered what decade they’re from. It was cool to see some of the other girls call her out on it though.
While a lot of people found the storyline to be confusing and weird…which it is…I think that it is leading up to something awesome. I think there are a lot of unanswered questions, but that’s the beauty of a weird and mysterious sci-fi story.
I absolutely love the artwork and the colouring specifically. Everything is pretty monotoned with pale pinks and purples with a dash of vibrant pops of colour. It feels pretty 80’s to me…says the girl born in the 90’s.
I’m super eager to see where this story goes and to find out what the bloody hell is actually going on!
7 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls, Volume 1”
Sometimes the most confusing stories are the best. I had a look at the artwork online and Boy it’s gorgeous. My dream colour palette. I’ll make a note to pick this up soon. Great review Maria.
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It is gorgeous isn’t it?! Thank you! 😊
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