Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #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.Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Details

TitlePaper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 5th, 2016
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632156747
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Heh, I thought this novel was awesome! I felt like I fell down the rabbit hole on this one 😄It doesn't have a lot of great reviews but it was good enough for me. I loved all of the old school stuff, the graphics, Halloween night, crazy time travelers<--- or were they? Who knows at this point! Look forward to reading more. To be continued.... Mel ❤ Heh, I thought this novel was awesome! I felt like I fell down the rabbit hole on this one 😄It doesn't have a lot of great reviews but it was good enough for me. I loved all of the old school stuff, the graphics, Halloween night, crazy time travelers<--- or were they? Who knows at this point! Look forward to reading more. To be continued.... Mel ❤️
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  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!three stars with room to grow. while impatiently waiting for more installments of saga to come out, i decided to check out this other brian k. vaughan book, because i liked the cover, the synopsis promised me plucky girls, 80's references, and this right here is how you get my attention:Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!three stars with room to grow. while impatiently waiting for more installments of saga to come out, i decided to check out this other brian k. vaughan book, because i liked the cover, the synopsis promised me plucky girls, 80's references, and this right here is how you get my attention:Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.all my sweet spots = accounted for. because, yes - plucky girls: 80's references: nostalgia (for me, anyway - this picture made my heart soften): and there are also some pretty funny 80's-flavored dream sequences: i'm just not hooked yet. it's no saga, that's for sure. but in a more positive light, it's actually what i thought Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy was going to be, before realizing that series was for a much younger reading age. this one has all the girl-power and female bonding and general badassery-adventure setup as Lumberjanes, but with significantly more guns, cussin' and good-natured pal-ribbin', pterodactyls, and actual danger, and it is far less p.c. because it was the 80's, my friends, and twelve-year-old internetless kids from the suburbs didn't always have access to the rich spectrum of life and they sometimes said "faggot." but if time travelers can forgive a kid for their squeamishness: so can we. and for being set in midwestern 80's suburbia, there's some decent diversity in the characters here - there's a jewish girl and a vietnamese(?) girl and an adopted girl of indeterminate race and everyone's favorite stereotype: a chain-smoking irish-american lass, tough and redheaded and on her way to becoming a criminal just like the rest of her family! but apart from her homophobia and the cliché of her, she's pretty rad - willing to step up and throw down for her equally-fierce pack of paper girls against the most unexpected foes.i didn't always understand what was going on, but i'm confident it will all become clearer in future volumes. i'm intrigued enough to continue with the series - i'm not in love with it, but it's got potential and i'll check back in next volume to see if it's getting there yet, if only to enjoy more 80's background details. come to my blog!
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    I needed something to take my mind off of the fact that I just finished watching all 9 seasons of The Office and Paper Girls did just that.It’s a compelling storyline with amazing artwork that had me right from the beginning.I was, however, confused a few times because the storyline moved a little too fast.And I wanted more of a backstory to the characters, mainly on Mackenzie “Mac” and her group. This graphic novel jumps right into the main plot line; monster demons invading earth on Halloween, I needed something to take my mind off of the fact that I just finished watching all 9 seasons of The Office and Paper Girls did just that.It’s a compelling storyline with amazing artwork that had me right from the beginning.I was, however, confused a few times because the storyline moved a little too fast.And I wanted more of a backstory to the characters, mainly on Mackenzie “Mac” and her group. This graphic novel jumps right into the main plot line; monster demons invading earth on Halloween, which was interesting to read about, but after a while I just wanted to get to know the 4 main girls.And I’m definitely interested in checking out the next volume because the very last page was incredible.3.5 starsARC from Netgalley (thank you).*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Paper Girls, Vol. 1, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* This review and more can be found on my blog.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    Heh. I'm a full-on idiot. I (because reading the blurb is for losers!) thought that the title was some kind of catchy metaphorical shit. Like, they were girls whose young emotions were as thin as paper. Or instead of paper dolls they were paper girls. You know, something along those lines.For some reason, it never occurred to me that this was about a bunch of girls with a paper route. Probably because that one chick on the cover has a cigg dangling from her lips, making me think they were a tad Heh. I'm a full-on idiot. I (because reading the blurb is for losers!) thought that the title was some kind of catchy metaphorical shit. Like, they were girls whose young emotions were as thin as paper. Or instead of paper dolls they were paper girls. You know, something along those lines.For some reason, it never occurred to me that this was about a bunch of girls with a paper route. Probably because that one chick on the cover has a cigg dangling from her lips, making me think they were a tad older than your average kid on a bike tossing the Times at your porch. But since we all knew that kid in middle school who was a little more 'advanced' than the rest of us, I should've known better. My bad.So. They're actual Paper Girls.And now that that's out of the way, I feel I should tell you that this story doesn't have anything to do with their respective paper routes.Nope. This is all about interdimensional time travel.Whoo-hoo!Or not...depending on how you feel about a middle school version of Dr. Who.This seems to be a hit or miss title with my friends, and from what I can tell, it looks like most of the complaints center around all the sci-fi whatthefuckery that happens with little to no explanation. Plus, you've gotta translate some of what this one person says. I mean, the other guys sound normal, but the crazy chick that's hunting them down for unknown reasons?Wez timetravlrs! Goona kilz yu! <--not a real quote, btwWithout any real reference point for some of this stuff, I can see how this volume might come across as too wonky and out there to enjoy. So, for those of you who didn't care for this, I can totally see where you're coming from.But.And here's where being a full-on idiot comes in handy: I accidentally read the 2nd volume first, so I knew where everything was headed.Ta-da!Can't nobody tell me being a moron don't have its advantages...Ok, you see the tiny little 1 & 2 underneath the title on those two covers in the image below? Well, I didn't. I had both of them sitting on my kitchen table and just grabbed the one I thought was the 1st volume and headed out to the park with my girls. And while they ran around getting wet in the splash pad and falling off of the top of the playground equipment, I read a very interesting graphic novel. I mean, sure I thought it was odd that I was kinda plopped down into the middle of a story, but I assumed there would be a flashback at some point to explain. Turns out there was a flashback sequence...it was called Paper Girls: volume 1.What I'm trying to say is that I had a distinct advantage going into this. I already knew what some of the (seemingly) nonsense stuff was leading towards, so it didn't have me scratching my head the way it did some of my friends. Even so, this volume didn't blow my mind. I liked all the 80's references and the timey-wimey stuff, but Cliff Chang's art isn't really my jam. *whispers* Please don't hurt me...please don't hurt me...please don't hurt me...He's super-talented & I know a lot of you love his style, so don't think that I'm trying to put him down as an artist. I'm not. And it doesn't make my eyes bleed to look at it or anything, but it's not something that makes me personally want to keep turning the pages just to look at the pictures.However, since I've already read (and liked!) volume 2, I'm pretty invested in some of these characters and I'd like to see where this story takes them.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    Update, 6/19/18: Once again, and maybe for the last time, re-reading for my YA GN and Comics class with a focus on kick-ass girls. In this case, 4 of them, 12 years old, who are delivering papers in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream on All Saints Day (the day after Halloween) when revelers in costumes can still be seen roaming the streets. . .. among aliens in costumes. And pterodactyls. And monsters. And time travel so you can meet your future self. Too crazy, some Goodreads reviewers said, Update, 6/19/18: Once again, and maybe for the last time, re-reading for my YA GN and Comics class with a focus on kick-ass girls. In this case, 4 of them, 12 years old, who are delivering papers in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream on All Saints Day (the day after Halloween) when revelers in costumes can still be seen roaming the streets. . .. among aliens in costumes. And pterodactyls. And monsters. And time travel so you can meet your future self. Too crazy, some Goodreads reviewers said, after this or the next volume. I don't know what the hell is going on! I say keep reading, relax, have fun. This is a madcap and heartfelt homage to all things eighties, especially films such as ET and Peggy Sue Gets Married and Back to the Future. My fourth reading, and now that I see what is coming, I like it even more! Update, June, 2017: I reread this once again for my summer class on YA comics with a focus on girls. Having read the existing subsequent volumes, I like this crazy first volume even more than I originally did! June, 2016: I just read this for the first time in March 2016, and reread it again for my summer YA GN class. One woman in class said she liked it better than Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, (G. Willow Wilson version) because the girls in this story swore more. :) Oh, they all swear in Vaughn novels, I said. They do feel a bit more "real" for that, I suppose. The comic is edgier than Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), in some ways: Kamala is more wholesome and idealistic than the girls in Paper Girls., but they are all fun. I liked reading it through better a second time, but I still want to know more about what is going on. I will eagerly read on as next issues comes out soon.Initial review, 3/16: I had read the floppies for much of this first volume, but was excited to read it all in one sitting. Vaughn is a terrific writer of dialogue, clever, smart-ass, and he loves to have at least a couple foul-mouthed characters in the mix, and sure, they sound like a lot of Vaughn characters, but who cares, he is one of the best ever. The feel of it is great. The art by Chiang is awesome, capturing the eighties vibe, Vaughn all the way through peppers his text with fun eighties references (and I am not an eighties guy, I'm a sixties and seventies guy, but I appreciate the effort). The neon colors are wonderful, by Matt Wilson. You can see it, right, in the cover? Since it largely takes place at night it is a little darker, of course, but still amazing, award-worthy YA coloring.It's a YA text (though some schools/libraries may have trouble with some of the bad language, but Vaughn doesn't probably necessarily think of comics as something to be read IN school, at least not this one), featuring four Cleveland (Vaughn is from Cleveland) twelve year old Paper Girls (younguns, they actually deliver papers in the wee hours of the morn, as I once did at that age, as most papers were delivered in those days). They fit very well with Kamala Kahn (Ms Marvel) and other wonderful new kick-ass girl comics in this amazing time for that. They are not for me very distinct yet, there is very little actual character development, as this is the all out action first issue, so I expect we will slow down in volume 2 and get to know the girls a bit more.The action is ET (with kids on bicycles riding in the night at high speed, only all girls) meets Stand By Me (only, again, all girls), and this is for an older guy not so interesting, yet. A little too crazy, a little too much, feels a little breathless on first read. But shades of Buffy, too, in all the best ways. Brian and Joss Whedon must have a grand old time socially. A new century Algonqiuin Round Table (look it up kids: Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, Alexander Woolcott, George S. Kauffman), with all the crackling wit.Anyway, the action. A lot happens and very little happens on this night of all nights; it's all flash in the pan--so far. The girls proceed on this Halloween night of 1988 and meet three boys who are just sexist creeps, one of them in a Freddy Krueger costume, though more bark than bite, really. Sets up the "real" All Saints Day scare. Three ninjas. Then three aliens. Four against three, balance against imbalance. And pterodactyls. And time travel, ala Back to the Future, sort of. And the eighties refs have to keep a comin', Mask, walkie talkies instead of cell phones. And in the middle of the apocalypse, one of them says, "wait, you guys give out whole candy bars for Halloween!? What's up with that?" :) Steve Jobs and Apple come in here, though at this point it is Apple meets eighties walkie talkies.And for the YA crowd, the action has to be over the top, but you know, it's Halloween, it has to be breathless, running through the night--is it an actual werewolf or a werewolf costume?--with everything but the kitchen sink thrown at them. But no eek screaming girly stuff, they are tough and resourceful, of course, this is 2016 comics! Girls rule!This is my reason for four instead of five stars, or one of them, that all this pizzazz is happening, and we have no idea what is happening, and we don't really yet know much about the girls, it is all sort of whizzbang superficial in the early going. But if I were inclined to give it three stars (you have at least that for the dialogue and Chiang and color, c'mon!), I have to give it one extra star just because I know the intended audiences--1) younger folks, teens and 2) eighties folks who lived through 1988--will love it. I liked it a lot for what it is and forgive it for what it is not yet. Reads very breathlessly fast. I totally trust Vaughn to make you feel deeply and laugh a lot and resolve this with some reference to politics in satisfying plot resolution.
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  • Raeleen Lemay
    January 1, 1970
    As a lover of the "Sci Fi weirdness hits a group of kids" trope (big fan of Super 8 and Stranger Things over here) this was AWESOME! On top of the interesting storyline, the art was absolutely killer, and the colouring was maybe even my favorite part of the whole thing! Back to the plot though; I really like how there are still a ton of questions left unanswered, but you're not left completely in the dark after finishing this first volume. The ending of this volume definitely left me intrigued a As a lover of the "Sci Fi weirdness hits a group of kids" trope (big fan of Super 8 and Stranger Things over here) this was AWESOME! On top of the interesting storyline, the art was absolutely killer, and the colouring was maybe even my favorite part of the whole thing! Back to the plot though; I really like how there are still a ton of questions left unanswered, but you're not left completely in the dark after finishing this first volume. The ending of this volume definitely left me intrigued and I hope I can get my hands on volume 2 soon.
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  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    January 1, 1970
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Boy, this one had A LOT of stuff going on. Buckle up, kids, and I’ll take you on a crazy acid trip explain things . . . sort of.Our story begins in the wee hours of Halloween when noob Erin is being accosted by local hooligan Freddie Krueger while attempting to complete her paper route. Luckily for Erin, the other paper girls have already hit the streets and appear just in time to save the day. Not so lucky is the first impression pres Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/Boy, this one had A LOT of stuff going on. Buckle up, kids, and I’ll take you on a crazy acid trip explain things . . . sort of.Our story begins in the wee hours of Halloween when noob Erin is being accosted by local hooligan Freddie Krueger while attempting to complete her paper route. Luckily for Erin, the other paper girls have already hit the streets and appear just in time to save the day. Not so lucky is the first impression presented . . . Uh. Yeah. So anyfarts, the girls make their escape and immediately run into another problem when they make plans to divide and conquer the paper delivery. While attempting to get payback on the thugs responsible, they instead find something they really weren’t expecting . . . Once again they narrowly get away and finally come face to face with the potential bad guys who look an awful lot like this fella when their masks are removed . . . We then discover the key to solving the entire WTFery that has been going on might be in a tiny little device with the logo of a bitten apple on it . . . But wait, that’s not all. No, there are DINOSAURS added to the mix next. Y’all know there’s only room in my heart for one dinosaur story . . . (Thank you to EVERYONE who has sent me this gif. I finally had a chance to use it.)There’s also aliens who speak some form of hipsterish Shakespearean throwback/fastforward language that had me all . . As well as another dude who bore a striking resemblance to . . . Not to mention the bizarre dream sequences starring folks like The Gipper . . . Since I’m stupid it took me awhile to figure out this was a Throwback Thursday selection. I thought Mac was just a homophobic asshole with her remarks (and she was), but supposedly it was the language of the time (and sadly it was) so it was used in that one frame. Eventually with various Dukakis references and a shout-out to one of my all-time faves . . . I was able to put two and two together. It still didn’t make this any less of a hot mess, however. I debated giving this 2 Stars but this is the dude who wrote Saga FFS. There's no excuse for this one.ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, NetGalley!
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  • Jan Philipzig
    January 1, 1970
    LOVED the first issue (no surprise there, first issues are a Vaughan specialty), the late 80s setting, Chiang's clean and subtle artwork, Wilson's neon-drenched coloring, the lively, primarily female cast, the snappy yet realistic dialogue – loved it all so much I got a little dizzy early on. Then came the disfigured teenagers from the future, the dinosaurs, the weird language, the Apple dude - and I got a bit confused. Which was the idea, I guess. Not yet sure how it’ll all come together, hope LOVED the first issue (no surprise there, first issues are a Vaughan specialty), the late 80s setting, Chiang's clean and subtle artwork, Wilson's neon-drenched coloring, the lively, primarily female cast, the snappy yet realistic dialogue – loved it all so much I got a little dizzy early on. Then came the disfigured teenagers from the future, the dinosaurs, the weird language, the Apple dude - and I got a bit confused. Which was the idea, I guess. Not yet sure how it’ll all come together, hope the time-travel angle won’t overwhelm what I love most about the story so far: its young protagonists.It's a charming and very enjoyable first volume that brings to mind Brubaker's Deadenders and movies like Stand by Me, E.T. and Looper, but adds a feminist edge. I’m definitely on board for more!
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  • Adina
    January 1, 1970
    While waiting for the next Saga volume to come out I thought to check out another series from Brian K. Vaughan. I enjoyed it but I don't think it is as good as the other. It was weird with different strange creatures and an attractive 80' vibe. I might continue with the series but i am in no rush to do so.
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  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    January 1, 1970
    LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY. SO PLEASING, SO PROMISING.But agh.Mr. Vaughan, I'm afraid you've set the bar way too high after Saga. While Paper Girls certainly stands out in the world of comics, with a vibrant spectacle of colours and rich atmosphere, it definitely isn't the best this man's got to offer.Other than lack of a smooth-running plot, this story's fallout lay in its dialogue for me. And by that I mean the fact that nearly 20% of it is either in a language we don't understand or some really bad LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY. SO PLEASING, SO PROMISING.But agh.Mr. Vaughan, I'm afraid you've set the bar way too high after Saga. While Paper Girls certainly stands out in the world of comics, with a vibrant spectacle of colours and rich atmosphere, it definitely isn't the best this man's got to offer.Other than lack of a smooth-running plot, this story's fallout lay in its dialogue for me. And by that I mean the fact that nearly 20% of it is either in a language we don't understand or some really bad ghetto Shakespeare. I'm sure there's a translation lurking about in the interwebs somewhere but it only serves to be supremely off-putting when you're lost reading in the middle it.Back to the roughly handled plotline. The story? Great. Not mind-blowing, not whoa-inducing, but still great. It manages to capture the quick paced, compact structure every comic books needs to win an audience, but not without its stumbles along the way. Too much infodump in too little time and what we're left with is confuddling chaos.As for the characters? Meh. That's all they made me feel and that's all I've got to say about them. Sure, there were two or three interesting turn of events thrown at us and some insanely lush artwork to boot too (big hats off to Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson!) But in the end, these girls and this world seem just as flat as paper.Final rating: 2.75 stars.P.S. I'm still trying to figure out what the symbolism with all the apples and eyes is about..._____________________________Book song: Ain't No Rest For The Wicked by Cage The Elephant_____________________________
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  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    TW: homophobia (+ usage of word f****t), suicide attemptThis book was just so genius. The best way I can describe it is Saga meets Stranger Things. I loved the concept of a girl squad running around to solve the world's issues. I loved the sass, the artwork, the clothing and the vibe of the entire book. I love each girl in the group for their own reasons, and I didn't find myself thinking, "wait, who is this person?" like I usually do in graphic novels. As far as a feminist graphic novel, I enjo TW: homophobia (+ usage of word f****t), suicide attemptThis book was just so genius. The best way I can describe it is Saga meets Stranger Things. I loved the concept of a girl squad running around to solve the world's issues. I loved the sass, the artwork, the clothing and the vibe of the entire book. I love each girl in the group for their own reasons, and I didn't find myself thinking, "wait, who is this person?" like I usually do in graphic novels. As far as a feminist graphic novel, I enjoyed this one more than Bitch Planet, which was weighted down with a lot of boring and aimless dialogue whereas I was glued onto every page of this. Because this book deals with time travel, it was so cool to see pop culture references from both our time and the 80s. A lot of people say that the plot of this is confusing, but compared to the mindfuck that is the Saga series, I actually followed it alright. It leaves you with unanswered questions, but those should definitely (and hopefully) be resolved in later volumes which I plan to pick up.There was a character who would make homophobic remarks, but they always went challenged by other characters. I can't wait for (and hope to see) the development and growth of this character.
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  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    January 1, 1970
    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsSo... not amazing, unfortunately. In fact the only thing I super loved about this was the illustrations. It's a little difficult for me not to compare this to Vaughn's other ongoing series Saga, which had me hooked from the very first installment. This was was very okay.Vol. 1 could've benefitted from being a bit longer, providing a little more depth of plot and characterization. I was really feeling a young, diverse female cast on an 80's science fiction adventure. I was Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsSo... not amazing, unfortunately. In fact the only thing I super loved about this was the illustrations. It's a little difficult for me not to compare this to Vaughn's other ongoing series Saga, which had me hooked from the very first installment. This was was very okay.Vol. 1 could've benefitted from being a bit longer, providing a little more depth of plot and characterization. I was really feeling a young, diverse female cast on an 80's science fiction adventure. I was even getting a Stranger Things vibe from it at the beginning. But alas, there just isn't a lot of substance here.I'll likely try out Vol. 2 before writing the series off to see if it gets its footing, but a disappointing introduction to say the least.
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  • HFK
    January 1, 1970
    I am starting to get tiny bit worried of Vaughan being a one timer for me as so far I have only enjoyed of his Saga series that is an absolute stunner. That is two out, one in according to my highly messed up records. Hmmm. I do like the art in Paper Girls because it supports the 80's setting, and the scifi-time travelling theme it seems to be promising in the near future, but awwww, I just did not feel it in my soul. The youngster characterization is extremely overused, there was no surprises l I am starting to get tiny bit worried of Vaughan being a one timer for me as so far I have only enjoyed of his Saga series that is an absolute stunner. That is two out, one in according to my highly messed up records. Hmmm. I do like the art in Paper Girls because it supports the 80's setting, and the scifi-time travelling theme it seems to be promising in the near future, but awwww, I just did not feel it in my soul. The youngster characterization is extremely overused, there was no surprises looming in the shadows, there was no memorable dialogue between the girls, nor was there any humor to catch my drift.Well, at least it was the 80's even when not fully devouring the awesomeness and realness of it, only thing that could have kept me going. But, yes there is always a but, and that "but" is what makes me say: hei, hei sun heiluvilles.
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  • Philip
    January 1, 1970
    4ish stars.A cool first volume, not at all what I expected, but in a good way. The plot is honestly kind of wacky. Weird dinosaurs and time/space travelers, maybe? I honestly didn't know what was going on like 60% of the time, but strangely it didn't bug me... There's a Stranger Things vibe with the 80s setting and the kid protagonists. The Paper Girls themselves are awfully mature for their what- 12ish years? I had a hard time buying their ages. Maybe I'm just out of touch with the young 'uns t 4ish stars.A cool first volume, not at all what I expected, but in a good way. The plot is honestly kind of wacky. Weird dinosaurs and time/space travelers, maybe? I honestly didn't know what was going on like 60% of the time, but strangely it didn't bug me... There's a Stranger Things vibe with the 80s setting and the kid protagonists. The Paper Girls themselves are awfully mature for their what- 12ish years? I had a hard time buying their ages. Maybe I'm just out of touch with the young 'uns these days. I did like all of them, though, especially Erin, and I like each of their artistic representations. I feel like, characteristically, they'll grow and deepen as the series continues.I really like Chiang's art. It isn't mind-blowingly gorgeous or incredibly detailed and it's unfair to compare it to that of Fiona Staples who does the art for Vaughan's other incredibly popular series, Saga. But it does a great job telling the story. It's consistent throughout which, despite what one might think, is pretty rare in most graphic novels. I never became confused by the art and for that, I think it's great. Matt Wilson, the colorist, does a spectacular job, particularly with gradiating the colors of the sky. He has a great sense of lighting and I love the color palette.Definitely going to keep going with the series.Posted in Mr. Philip's Library
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  • Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 terestial ⭐⭐⭐November 1, 1988….the morning of Hell. Before sunrise, the paper girls are on their bikes armed with the Cleveland Paper out for delivery. Under ordinary circumstances, these girls aren’t to be messed with. Cigarette smoking, hockey sticks at the ready and equipped with flashlights, these bad-ass girls mouth off to the rowdiest street suspects, and almost defy the law…U N T I L the discovery of some alien capsule changes their fateful morning and culminates into a clash with zom 3.5 terestial ⭐⭐⭐November 1, 1988….the morning of Hell. Before sunrise, the paper girls are on their bikes armed with the Cleveland Paper out for delivery. Under ordinary circumstances, these girls aren’t to be messed with. Cigarette smoking, hockey sticks at the ready and equipped with flashlights, these bad-ass girls mouth off to the rowdiest street suspects, and almost defy the law…U N T I L the discovery of some alien capsule changes their fateful morning and culminates into a clash with zombies, dinosaur birds and other sh.. never heard off. Between wound eating bugs and other alienware, the girls find themselves in strange surroundings that the capsule may have created and they are thrown into the midst of a whole new timeline. ***Sassy, witty, badass…what is not to like? In parts weird and creepy, it’s like Christmas crack you can’t stop until the end. And it is a cliffhanger, leading to book 2.I liked it. A little nostalgia there for me, as I remember my paper route when I was 12. But every now and then I need that something, something that stretches normalcy out of proportions. I recommend! 😊
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  • Josu Grilli
    January 1, 1970
    Enamorado estoy. Enamorado.Me topé por pura casualidad con las aventuras de este grupo de chicas y tuve que comprar el primer volumen. Ahora mismo necesito el segundo, ¡es que vaya final! Si os gustó Stranger Things y os mola el rollo urban fantasy con mucha ciencia ficción es perfecto.No quiero desvelar muchos detalles de la trama porque hay muchos giros y sería spoiler, pero quiero comentar brevemente que las protagonistas son maravillosas y la dinámica de grupo que tienen hace que esta histor Enamorado estoy. Enamorado.Me topé por pura casualidad con las aventuras de este grupo de chicas y tuve que comprar el primer volumen. Ahora mismo necesito el segundo, ¡es que vaya final! Si os gustó Stranger Things y os mola el rollo urban fantasy con mucha ciencia ficción es perfecto.No quiero desvelar muchos detalles de la trama porque hay muchos giros y sería spoiler, pero quiero comentar brevemente que las protagonistas son maravillosas y la dinámica de grupo que tienen hace que esta historia sea diferente. Se nota que se van a tratar más adelante temas muy interesantes y el factor nostalgia está muy bien utilizado ya que juega mucho con referencias del presente. Algo maravilloso, vamos.La recomiendo muchísimo, muchísimo. La historia engancha y es una aventura que vives con ellas <3
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  • Book Riot Community
    January 1, 1970
    I didn’t think I could love a comic more than Saga, but Paper Girls proved me wrong. It’s basically Stranger Things with kickass teen girls on bikes and… well, I won’t spoil it but I audibly yelped with joy in the final few pages.–Rachel Weberfrom The Best Books We Read In January 2017: http://bookriot.com/2017/02/01/riot-r...
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  • Sam Quixote
    January 1, 1970
    Small town America, 1988, and it’s the very early morning after Halloween. Four newspaper girls out delivering see black hooded figures skulking around the neighbourhood and discover a flying saucer in a basement. Then everyone disappears like it’s the goldurn Rapture and pterodactyls are appearing in the skies! Did someone say armour-wearing Rastafarians? And look - a flying ball of stuff that makes you relive your entire life! Makes sense to me! Wait, what’s going on again…? Brian K. Vaughan r Small town America, 1988, and it’s the very early morning after Halloween. Four newspaper girls out delivering see black hooded figures skulking around the neighbourhood and discover a flying saucer in a basement. Then everyone disappears like it’s the goldurn Rapture and pterodactyls are appearing in the skies! Did someone say armour-wearing Rastafarians? And look - a flying ball of stuff that makes you relive your entire life! Makes sense to me! Wait, what’s going on again…? Brian K. Vaughan returns to his comfort zone writing a comic about sassy teens spouting clever dialogue and joining him for the ride is Cliff Chiang, fresh from his celebrated run on Wonder Woman with writer Brian Azzarello. So was Paper Girls any good? Nope! Vaughan can write convincing dialogue for young characters but places them within a nonsensical plot that’s all over the shop. This is a time-travel story that’s also an aliens invade story that’s also an ‘80s nostalgia trip (boy am I fucking sick of those - up yours, Ernest Cline!). Our four main characters stumble through the book not really knowing what they’re supposed to do, bemused the entire time by everything, just like the reader is! I guess it’s setup for… something… and I suppose it’s meant to be… fun? I was annoyed primarily, sleepy the rest of the time. Cliff Chiang’s art is good – he sure knows how to draw! - and Matt Wilson’s colours make them pages look right nice and stuff. I didn’t have a problem with the art, it was perfectly fine. Did I loves it though? Eh… Everything else? Bah, I didn’t care about the paper-thin story that didn’t know what it wanted to be. Vaughan’s very hit and miss with me and Paper Girls definitely falls in the miss category. Check out his new (and free!) digital series, Barrier, on his Panel Syndicate site instead - Paper Girls is toilet paper!
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  • Hannah
    January 1, 1970
    I am in two minds about this graphic novel - I really enjoyed the story told and I see great potential for the future of this series, but at the same time the art left me mainly unimpressed.This is the story of four paper girls who are on their early morning route when weird things start happening. To be perfectly honest, I don't have everything figured out just yet but the little clues scattered throughout this volume have me highly intrigued and looking forward to the next part. And that last I am in two minds about this graphic novel - I really enjoyed the story told and I see great potential for the future of this series, but at the same time the art left me mainly unimpressed.This is the story of four paper girls who are on their early morning route when weird things start happening. To be perfectly honest, I don't have everything figured out just yet but the little clues scattered throughout this volume have me highly intrigued and looking forward to the next part. And that last page? Consider me hooked.I loved the main characters and especially their interaction. Each one of the girls seems like a fully developed character and their reactions always made sense. I love the loyalty between those girls, even though they only just met. The nostalgia of this story set in the 80s is very well done and the setting felt real enough to have me along for the ride.Where this fell a bit flat for me (especially when compared to Saga) is the art. The colours are very muted and the art altogether is not very sharp. I did, however, appreciate the few panels that took up most of a page.
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  • ✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
    January 1, 1970
    Err...Ugh and stuff?Was this really written by the same guy who created Saga? Not that I'm a deliriously hysterical Saga fan or anything (yes, that's another series I read wrong), but I kinda sorta expected more from this because of Brian Vaughan's involvement. What more was I expecting, you ask? Well more maturity, for one. Okay, so the fact that this is called Paper GIRLS as opposed to um, you know, Paper WOMEN, should kinda sorta have clued me in as to the age of the characters. But it didn't Err...Ugh and stuff?Was this really written by the same guy who created Saga? Not that I'm a deliriously hysterical Saga fan or anything (yes, that's another series I read wrong), but I kinda sorta expected more from this because of Brian Vaughan's involvement. What more was I expecting, you ask? Well more maturity, for one. Okay, so the fact that this is called Paper GIRLS as opposed to um, you know, Paper WOMEN, should kinda sorta have clued me in as to the age of the characters. But it didn't, so it didn't. A slightly clueless shrimp is me and stuff. Note to self: blurbs from now on you shall read, before graphic novels you shall buy.Anything else? Err...No? Apart from despicably young, meh characters, that is. And a super meh story. And a super super meh 80s setting. And super super super meh dialogues. And super super super super meh everything. But hey, it's not ALL bad and meh and stuff! Oh no, it's not! And thank fish for that! It's also super super super super super flat and unemotional and oh-wow-I-really-couldn't-care-less and stuff! Yay and stuff! ➽ And the moral of this My Moral Making Factory is Presently on Strike and So Am I Life Sucks and Stuff Crappy Non Review (MMMFiPoSaSAILSaSCNR™) is: Bye now. Also: you are quite welcome, my Flimsy Decapods. And stuff.
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  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    This is even stranger than Stranger Things.And definitely stranger than the Saga comic book series, from the same author shall I add. Those of you who have read that series know that the world-building is complex and the characters are many, and still, it’s easy to follow and make connections. But Paper Girls is a whole other story. From what I understood, there are four girls involved in some kind of discovery that has altered the planet Earth. Adults and kids are being kidnapped—relocated?? Ki This is even stranger than Stranger Things.And definitely stranger than the Saga comic book series, from the same author shall I add. Those of you who have read that series know that the world-building is complex and the characters are many, and still, it’s easy to follow and make connections. But Paper Girls is a whole other story. From what I understood, there are four girls involved in some kind of discovery that has altered the planet Earth. Adults and kids are being kidnapped—relocated?? Killed??I was interested, because I would be interested in anything Brian K. Vaughan wrote, but I had trouble following the story.Fortunately, the characters also have no idea what is happening, so I didn’t feel alienated by my lack of comprehension of the storyline. I felt as though I was learning at the same pace as the characters were, so that is a plus. If you’re going to make your story complicated, at least make it so that you know as much as the people in it do. And that’s what has been done here.I’ll keep on reading. For now, I can say I am curious about the four heroines and the whole moving through time, but I’ll lose interest soon if the fog is not lifted.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    "Why is God letting this happen to me?"I loved Paper Girls. Not as fantastic as Saga, way more intruiging than Ex Machina, this graphic novel is a stunning work of art.I can't really believe that our paper girls are 12 years old (they look at least 14, possibly 16), but apart from that I enjoyed the story. Can't wait to see more.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  •  ⚔ Sh3lly - Cranky Crone of Rabid Hedgehogs and Fire Breathing Kittens ⚔
    January 1, 1970
    My favorite series by Vaughan so far is the Marvel Runaways (see Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy for a good start) series. I like Saga a lot, but it has been uneven for me. I DNF'd Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned series around volume 3. I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I found it mainly meh. It has potential with the aliens and time travel. I like the 80s vibe. I don't know. Just didn't connect with it. None of the characters stood out to me. Probably won't continue.
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  • Mariah
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 Stars*I am always trying to read graphic novels because that is what my students "read" and by read I mean they love looking at the pictures. (I teach high school students with intellectual disabilities).This book was interesting enough and I chose it for the A Book for All Seasons goodreads' book club. I hope to read the whole series and see what happen to the girls. I would have rated this book higher but there were times in the graphic novel that I felt it jumped around too much and I co *3.5 Stars*I am always trying to read graphic novels because that is what my students "read" and by read I mean they love looking at the pictures. (I teach high school students with intellectual disabilities).This book was interesting enough and I chose it for the A Book for All Seasons goodreads' book club. I hope to read the whole series and see what happen to the girls. I would have rated this book higher but there were times in the graphic novel that I felt it jumped around too much and I couldn't understand what was going on."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."
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  • Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this up in a whim at the library today. I have seen a lot of friends of mine on Instagram reading it so I thought I’d give it a shot.SO MUCH FUN!!My only complaint is that the story is a little bit rushed, I’d like some time to let each girl get their own character development backstory or something just so it’s easier to distinguish between a few of the minor character girls. I love the story though! And set in the late 80s and the tough girl and the pop culture references, I was in gr I picked this up in a whim at the library today. I have seen a lot of friends of mine on Instagram reading it so I thought I’d give it a shot.SO MUCH FUN!!My only complaint is that the story is a little bit rushed, I’d like some time to let each girl get their own character development backstory or something just so it’s easier to distinguish between a few of the minor character girls. I love the story though! And set in the late 80s and the tough girl and the pop culture references, I was in graphic novel heaven! Not to mention the colors of the art is so appealing, each frame with different, bold neon pink, orange, purples and blues. I’ll definitely pick up the next ones!!
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    I was not expecting that. I didn't know what to expect, but an alien invasion with for girls on their early morning paper route, no, I was surprised in a great way. It really does have that Stranger Things feel to it too.There are all kinds of mysteries here that were barely scratched the surface of. I mean we got so few answer. What in the world is going on. I need the next issue like now. There are good characters and there is plenty of craziness. I am so pulled in and drawn in. Great story, g I was not expecting that. I didn't know what to expect, but an alien invasion with for girls on their early morning paper route, no, I was surprised in a great way. It really does have that Stranger Things feel to it too.There are all kinds of mysteries here that were barely scratched the surface of. I mean we got so few answer. What in the world is going on. I need the next issue like now. There are good characters and there is plenty of craziness. I am so pulled in and drawn in. Great story, great book for people who like mystery fantasy.
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  • Lotte
    January 1, 1970
    Finished 2016 with a graphic novel and started 2017 with one. Loved the art style and especially the colouring of this! It reminded me of a more science fiction-y Stranger Things full of 80s nostalgia. Definitely recommend this!
  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    Not as confusing as I expected it to be. Pretty interesting, actually. Now I hope this series won't be so long that it loses my interest after a couple of volumes.
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars*what da heck did i just read?????????
  • Ashley Brooks
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty weird, so naturally I loved it.The art and color palette were super appealing, and I'm left feeling slightly confused which I'm actually OK with in this situation. I want more.Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy for review.
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