Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls #1-5) by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (Illustrator), Matthew Wilson (Illustrator)

April 13, 2016
Book Review, Paper Girls Vol. 1, Paper Girls #1-5, Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthe Wilson, InToriLex
Published By: Image Comics (April 5, 2016)
Format Read: Kindle Edition (On PC)
Genre: Science Fiction/ Comics
Series: Volume One of Paper Girls
Source: NetGalley
Paper Girls Vol. 1
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.


This was a disappointing read because I'm a fan of Brian Vaughan. The synopsis provides a really cool premise with poor execution. The character development was lacking so although I was interested in these characters, I didn't care what happened to these girls. The volume starts off with Erin's weird dream about her sister. Then Erin meets up with a group of paper girls who have decided to pair up for safety on Halloween. The story quickly turns when they realize that weird strangers in bad 'ghost costumes' are not who they seem. The pacing was off, so then a lot of things happened with little explanation as to why.
There was so many strange sci-fi elements involved that I wanted to learn more about. But the world building was sparse to none, so I never learned exactly what was happening before finishing the volume. There was some unsavory parents featured, that I felt was thrown in and didn't add much to the story. The retro stylized art work came off as dated instead of cool, and I just didn't enjoy the visuals.

There was some nice humor, and unexpected twists, but that didn't overshadow the problems. I liked that the comic featured a group of strong and problem solving girls, but wished they were more fleshed out. The girls skills gained through training as paper girls, does come into play some but in forced ways. This comics tried to fit too much together, and little of it worked out, so I won't be continuing withe the series. Check this out if your a fan of retro style comics and science fiction, but this didn't work for me.

I received this ebook from the Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.


Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly). 

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