Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls Volume 1 - Written by Brian K. Vaughan, Illustrated by Cliff Chiang & Matthew Wilson

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

Rating: 4 Stars

I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The characters are a little hard to keep track of at first, but you get the hang of it fairly quickly. The weird part about them (Erin, Mac, KJ, and Tiffany) is that they don't act like any twelve year old kids I've ever met. Maybe I'm mis-remembering, but their personalities are different than i would've imagined, given that their world is disappearing around them. So, while it is weird that they're acting really mature in the situation, it's actually also admirable. Adults would be freaking out when dragons/pterodactyls/monsters pop out of the sky, but these kids are handling it more or less just fine.

The art was very complementary to the story, which I find can be a problem in some of the American comics I read. It can be too rough oftentimes, but the illustrators found a good balance here and that made reading Paper Girls all the better. The girls looked a bit older than I would've thought suitable because in the story they're meant to be twelve or so and they look more like sixteen. It isn't a problem, really, just something I noticed.

The story seems a little disjointed at first. It feels like it flops a bit between being an alien story and a time travel story. By the end it was more cohesive and I think that the series will continue to grow into itself, which is great because the story is really intriguing. I'm curious to see where this all goes, especially considering that cliffhanger!

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