Paper Girls, Vol. 2
Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, return with acclaimed colorist Matt Wilson and innovative letterer JAred K. Fletcher for the second volume of PAPER GIRLS, as the hit series continues with a bold new direction.After surviving the strangest night of their lives in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream, intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future... the year 2016.What would you do if you were suddenly confronted by your 12-year-old self? 40-year-old newspaper reporter Erin Tieng is about to find out in this action-packed story about identity, mortality, and growing older in the 21st century.Collects PAPER GIRLS #6-#10

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 Details

TitlePaper Girls, Vol. 2
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 30th, 2016
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781632158956
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Time Travel

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 Review

  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best graphic novel! what will happen? a review for erica, who neeeeeds it! so, volume two of this series is even more convoluted and frantic than the first. but i'm more confident now that it knows where it’s going, and i just need to be patient and grab on and eventually it will take me where i want to go. if you are the kind of person who prefers to go into a series completely blind, you might wanna go make a macrame owl or something instead of r oooh, goodreads choice awards semifinalist for best graphic novel! what will happen? a review for erica, who neeeeeds it! so, volume two of this series is even more convoluted and frantic than the first. but i'm more confident now that it knows where it’s going, and i just need to be patient and grab on and eventually it will take me where i want to go. if you are the kind of person who prefers to go into a series completely blind, you might wanna go make a macrame owl or something instead of reading this review, because some things that happened in the first book will be mentioned, although not much more than what the book’s own synopsis here on goodreads divulges. if you are just a regular person who understands that “plot” is not the same as “spoiler,” and that knowing one thing that happens in this series won’t ruin anything, because its story is so all over the place and there’s so much still unexplained that i’m not even sure what a spoiler would look like, you can stay put. unless the mention of macrame owls has inspired you to go make one. either way - time well spent.if you are still reading, this is where we are: our plucky papergirls have found themselves transported from 1988 to 2016, and erin tieng has just met up with her future self. and, like most of us would discover were we to find ourselves in a similar situation, her future life is not at all as she’d imagined, and is both bewildering and disappointing. although to be fair, it’s just as irritating to hang out with your youthful you, brimming with all that life-eroded energy and optimism and promise and health. although there is a genuinely sweet meeting between erin and her little sister, who has done erin proud. as for the future - 2016 is full of new things! products opportunities learning about where you are n--- oh, yeah. not all future revelations are awesome. in other downers, there are ominous forecasts and these things leonard cohen was totally righteven though it’s like getting hit with narrative buckshot, i like these characters, and i’m completely invested now, so hit me with your time travel, your monsters, as many iterations of erin as you got, and i will be there for it all.just don’t tease me we’re gonna need to bring in an expert for thisalthough, she never did say she would tell all those answers. still, i'm with lying cat. give us more deets!come to my blog!
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  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    I'm loving these books and girls!!! Mel ❤ I'm loving these books and girls!!! Mel ❤️
  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    So I mentioned in my review of the original Paper Girls that I had actually read this one first, which might explain why I enjoyed volume one so much, while a lot of my friends were so bewildered that they were on the fence about it. I also think it says something for this volume that I was able to read and enjoy it without being so confused that I couldn't understand it, and liking it so much that it probably made me more enthusiastic than I would have been about the first one.So at the end of So I mentioned in my review of the original Paper Girls that I had actually read this one first, which might explain why I enjoyed volume one so much, while a lot of my friends were so bewildered that they were on the fence about it. I also think it says something for this volume that I was able to read and enjoy it without being so confused that I couldn't understand it, and liking it so much that it probably made me more enthusiastic than I would have been about the first one.So at the end of the last volume, the girls have been transported somewhere and are flagging a car down to get help. The owner of that car is...*dramatic music swells* A grown-up Erin!This one opens with that same scene, and the story takes off from there.Once you hit a certain age, you do occasionally wonder what your younger self would think of you and the way your life turned out. I've often thought that while I absolutely love where I've ended up, Young Me would probably be ready to (theatrically) jump off a cliff if she found out I was a stay at home mom with four kids.Because dramatic teenagers are dramatic.And then there's the whole would you want to know how you die? thing happening in this one, as well. Nope.Add in clones, giant mole-worm monsters from another dimension, and an evil time travel corporation run by some old hippie looking dude that's (maybe?) out to kill them, and you have a really interesting story about a group of tweens from the eighties who are pinging around in time and space.Good stuff!And definitely an improvement on the last volume.
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  • Nat
    January 1, 1970
    The second volume opens up with the girls finding themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future: June, 2016. However, they quickly notice that their friend KJ is missing and set out to find her with the help of future Erin Tieng. Along the way they encounter some difficulties that make them question who they can trust in the present or future. Side note: the Paper Girls issues are almost impossible to put down. I kept thinking, “after this issue, I'm going to get up...no, afte The second volume opens up with the girls finding themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future: June, 2016. However, they quickly notice that their friend KJ is missing and set out to find her with the help of future Erin Tieng. Along the way they encounter some difficulties that make them question who they can trust in the present or future. Side note: the Paper Girls issues are almost impossible to put down. I kept thinking, “after this issue, I'm going to get up...no, after this issue...”Plus, I have to mention that the art in this volume was just stunningly beautiful, especially the coloring. It sets the mood just right: And since it's June 2016, there’s a little politics thrown in for good measure: It kind of hurts to read now that the election’s over.Also, am I wrong to assume that Mac and Tiff (my favorites) are going to become canon?I mean: And: *thumbs up while choking back tears* I'm rooting for them. I'm beyond curious to find out the fates of this young quartet. And I'm over the moon excited for volume three to come out!!*Note: I'm an Amazon Affiliate. If you're interested in buying Paper Girls, Vol. 2, just click on the image below to go through my link. I'll make a small commission!* Support creators you love. Buy a Coffee for nat (bookspoils) with http://Ko-fi.com/bookspoils
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    2 volumes in and they still haven't explained anything and just keep throwing weird things at us in the hopes we won't notice? I'm unimpressed.
  • Lola
    January 1, 1970
    Much less confusing and much more entertaining than the first volume. I’m happy I didn’t give up on this comic series after the first volume, which usually happens in my case, because there are so many comic series out there I can’t bring myself to read ones I have trouble following. But I trusted that by the time this second volume was published the creators had the time to read the concerns of readers and make the storyline more comprehensible.And they did, if that’s what happened. Well I stil Much less confusing and much more entertaining than the first volume. I’m happy I didn’t give up on this comic series after the first volume, which usually happens in my case, because there are so many comic series out there I can’t bring myself to read ones I have trouble following. But I trusted that by the time this second volume was published the creators had the time to read the concerns of readers and make the storyline more comprehensible.And they did, if that’s what happened. Well I still don’t know everything, but that’s okay. In this volume, past Erin and present Erin are trying to understand what is going on in the world, why past Erin and her friends jumped through time and why they’ve jumped to 2016. Not everyone made it though, so they must find the fourth Paper Girl before they lose her to their enemies. But as they look for clues, a third key character appears. I was not expecting that. It was an interesting move from the author however. Like most readers, I sure enjoy being surprised. These are not stereotypical female characters. They don’t think about boys all day, paint their nails in their spare time and talk about clothes till they drop. These are strongminded, smart girls who gain more and more strength as the story progresses.Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’
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  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    January 1, 1970
    1.) Paper Girls Volume 1 ★★★.52.) Paper Girls Volume 2 ★★★★3.) Paper Girls Volume 3 ★★★★--------------------------------------------------i'm still EXTREMELY confused but i'm kind of loving this series???
  • Philip
    January 1, 1970
    4ish stars.Three or four questions answered from volume 1, approximately eleventeen more added or left unanswered, give or take. But... I like it? Art good. Colors ooh pretty. Girls cool.Posted in Mr. Philip's Library
  • Whitney Atkinson
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsThis continues to be very strange but very enjoyable! I find that when I read time travel books I get reeeeally disoriented because I hate how many loopholes arise and all the scientific timey wimey stuff just loses me really fast, but this managed to keep my interest most of the time, and I understanded most of it! The art continues to be wonderful and I love Erin as a main character. (She has anxiety!! Yes!!!!) There were still a lot of really cool references and I wanted to crey when 4.5 starsThis continues to be very strange but very enjoyable! I find that when I read time travel books I get reeeeally disoriented because I hate how many loopholes arise and all the scientific timey wimey stuff just loses me really fast, but this managed to keep my interest most of the time, and I understanded most of it! The art continues to be wonderful and I love Erin as a main character. (She has anxiety!! Yes!!!!) There were still a lot of really cool references and I wanted to crey when they brought up a woman running for president. The cliffhangers at the end of each issue were jaw dropping every time and I can't wait to keep reading these because the stakes just keep being raised.
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  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    What is Past is Epilogue"When are we?"Well, I know even less what is going on than I did at the end of the first volume. But sometimes when you are on a rollercoaster going over the crest of that hill you just put your hands in the air and go with it. This is something like ET with badass girls and pterodactyls and iPhones and smart cars and esperanto. It began in 1988 in Cleveland with four "papergirls" (instead of paperboys!), but we are now in 2016. And in one thread, somewhere much farther i What is Past is Epilogue"When are we?"Well, I know even less what is going on than I did at the end of the first volume. But sometimes when you are on a rollercoaster going over the crest of that hill you just put your hands in the air and go with it. This is something like ET with badass girls and pterodactyls and iPhones and smart cars and esperanto. It began in 1988 in Cleveland with four "papergirls" (instead of paperboys!), but we are now in 2016. And in one thread, somewhere much farther in the future, with invented language ala Alan Moore in Jerusalem or Crossed. Kinda, but don't take any of that too seriously. An alien mothership is hanging over Cleveland in 2016. Take THAT seriously. "You're. . . you're my big sister. You're my big sister and you're little.""And you're my little sister and you look straight out of Airwolf. Nice job, kid."And because it is time travel Erin meets herself in the future, a common time travel trope, but this one is moving, trust me. And one girl learns how and when she will die, also not a new idea, but Vaughn handles this well, with grace and humor. And this is not about being original with the scifi genre, it is about having fun with multiple eighties references and genres. And Matt Wilson's amazing colors might just be the emblem of this series. Amazing. Oh, and you remember the zeppelin? Cliff Chiang, who is awesome in drawing this comic, has it returning in the future. And cooler than ever. It's the smile you have on your face right now that you have many many times in this series. So: It's not about plot. It's about friendship. And fun.
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  • Calista
    January 1, 1970
    I'm still doing my best to keep up with what's going on with this story, but it's better than the last volume. They give a little information up. It's still a ton, I mean so much that we have no clue about what is happening. It would see that time travel and cloning are part of the story. When one time jumps, it seems that any tiny bugs like lice or something grow huge and become like invading monsters. Erin meets her future self in this one and things get complicated.I'm very engaged in the sto I'm still doing my best to keep up with what's going on with this story, but it's better than the last volume. They give a little information up. It's still a ton, I mean so much that we have no clue about what is happening. It would see that time travel and cloning are part of the story. When one time jumps, it seems that any tiny bugs like lice or something grow huge and become like invading monsters. Erin meets her future self in this one and things get complicated.I'm very engaged in the story and I rather like it. I will continue on with this story.
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  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    January 1, 1970
    It had been a little while since I read volume 1, but I was able to jump right into this volume no problem. The second I started reading, I was able to jump right back into the story. I loved the element of time travel in this volume. I know it was introduced in the first volume, but it really went all Back To The Future in this one. We saw multiple versions of one of the characters which was pretty awesome! I still have a few questions, especially about the extreme future timeline and what the It had been a little while since I read volume 1, but I was able to jump right into this volume no problem. The second I started reading, I was able to jump right back into the story. I loved the element of time travel in this volume. I know it was introduced in the first volume, but it really went all Back To The Future in this one. We saw multiple versions of one of the characters which was pretty awesome! I still have a few questions, especially about the extreme future timeline and what the hell is going on over there. Also, is Apple the mecca of the world in some sort of futuristic timeline? I need volume 3 now!--Initial post reading thoughts:This was super entertaining and action packed! My brain hurts a little...but like, in a good way? Man, I love time travel.
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  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    PAPER GIRLS is still RADICAL, and yet more amusing and funny than Saga, in my humble opinion. And Saga is awesome. But later on it gets pretty serious and the fun and jokes are in short supply. It could be the spunky teenage girls schtick that helps. Don't care. Because it works. So Volume 1 ended with the time traveling spaceship sending Mac and Tiff and Erin into the future and running into Future Erin. KJ is missing. And the "Old Timers" are in hot pursuit. Buckle up, cuz it's gonna get weird PAPER GIRLS is still RADICAL, and yet more amusing and funny than Saga, in my humble opinion. And Saga is awesome. But later on it gets pretty serious and the fun and jokes are in short supply. It could be the spunky teenage girls schtick that helps. Don't care. Because it works. So Volume 1 ended with the time traveling spaceship sending Mac and Tiff and Erin into the future and running into Future Erin. KJ is missing. And the "Old Timers" are in hot pursuit. Buckle up, cuz it's gonna get weird.There's a good amount of "I'll put this in because it's weird" elements, like the monsters, the steampunk blimp, the Foldings, the "when you run into your future self and they kinda suck and you reflect upon what you did to fuck shit up" via Back to the Future. But I don't care. Because it's cool, super wacky, and really entertaining. One of those take it or leave it situations, and I took it. Damn it, Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson do great work. The illustrations and colors are totally bitchin'. Like for sure. The thick lines and bright colors keep it poppin', setting the mood and tone to the max. If only for the artwork do I look forward to reading this in oversized format. A-duh!I mentioned in my review of Volume 1 the deceptive storytelling. What I mean by that, now that I've read Volume 2, is Vaughan is playing the long game here, giving us small challenging details that, like drugs working their way into our cognitive system, reveal the grander scheme at work. Like the dreams with their Devil and Apple symbology. Like the Old Timers. While we've got a romp fantasy on the surface, Vaughan is also laying the groundwork for a complex story with depth. So check it out, righteous dudes and dudettes!
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  • Kai
    January 1, 1970
    “The world is a terrifying place, more than I ever realized. But if I had my whole life to do over again, that's literally the only thing I'd change. I'd stop being so afraid of other people.”Well...I'm still not super impressed. I think Paper Girls lacks in world-building and a clear plotline. It will probably all make sense at some point but for now, I'm neither convinced nor intrigued. In comparison to Saga, Vol. 1, another Vaughan creation, Paper Girls appears somewhat bland. I think the sto “The world is a terrifying place, more than I ever realized. But if I had my whole life to do over again, that's literally the only thing I'd change. I'd stop being so afraid of other people.”Well...I'm still not super impressed. I think Paper Girls lacks in world-building and a clear plotline. It will probably all make sense at some point but for now, I'm neither convinced nor intrigued. In comparison to Saga, Vol. 1, another Vaughan creation, Paper Girls appears somewhat bland. I think the story has potential and I like the girls. In addition to this, it's an easy and fast read and Volume 3 is already placed on my bedside table, so I'll definitely keep reading.Find more of my books on Instagram
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  • Erica 📚♋️✨🌸
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVED this so much I love all the characters and the plot really picks up in this one and yes it's still weird and creepy but that's what makes it unique. Totally recommend
  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    After the entertaining but slightly confusing first volume Vaughan now shows that he actually knows what he’s doing. Things get a little clearer now and easier to follow. While at the same time it also gets a lot more complicated. Because time travel, baby.After the events of 1988 All Saints‘ the girls wind up in 2016.And things get worse. Because KJ is missing. But they have a new crew member in Future (Present?) Erin.Whoa, this is heavy!Thankfully none of the Erins passes out and there’s also After the entertaining but slightly confusing first volume Vaughan now shows that he actually knows what he’s doing. Things get a little clearer now and easier to follow. While at the same time it also gets a lot more complicated. Because time travel, baby.After the events of 1988 All Saints‘ the girls wind up in 2016.And things get worse. Because KJ is missing. But they have a new crew member in Future (Present?) Erin.Whoa, this is heavy!Thankfully none of the Erins passes out and there’s also no time paradox created which of course would have unraveled the very fabric of the space-time continuum and destroyed the entire universe. That would have been bad. Even though the destruction might have in fact been very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy.Anyways, all is well and Erin (the older one) helps the three remaining paper girls to get accustomed to their new surroundings.Yes it is. And they cost only 300 bucks.At some point they remember they have to find KJ. And while this is playing out, Vaughan explores themes like one's perception of the future, dreams of our childhood, thoughts about getting older and maybe regret for some decisions we made when we were young. And that it might not be best to know how our life will play out.There’s a lot of action as well, as the girls have to deal with giant maggots, another incarnation of one of them (this time from the distant future) and the owner of this thing.I’m still not entirely sure what it is with those guys. But they don’t strike me as very trustworthy.I definitely need more answers. On to volume 3.
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  • Afro Madonna
    January 1, 1970
    Okay this was admittedly WAY BETTER than the first volume !!! Everything was a little bit more understandable . Although there are still some questions that need to be answered . I wish Tiff's future self had been shown though because I was curious about what happened to her future self as well . That Apple shade that was thrown at the end though . Tea anyone ?
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  • Kevin Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    Still no idea wtf is going on, but it's kind of fun so whatever.
  • Bradley
    January 1, 1970
    The story is moving super-fast. I love that about it. :) From doppelgangers to gigantic maggots, riding dragons, to portals through folded space, we're firmly in a very different SF than what I'm used to.And I love it. Case in point: Multiple worlds theory is crap. There's only one time, one world, but it can be rewritten. Repeatedly. Chaotically. Catastrophically.And it's a war between the adults and the kids. Only, no one seems to have their s*** together and the battle is raging on for 63k ye The story is moving super-fast. I love that about it. :) From doppelgangers to gigantic maggots, riding dragons, to portals through folded space, we're firmly in a very different SF than what I'm used to.And I love it. Case in point: Multiple worlds theory is crap. There's only one time, one world, but it can be rewritten. Repeatedly. Chaotically. Catastrophically.And it's a war between the adults and the kids. Only, no one seems to have their s*** together and the battle is raging on for 63k years and multiple clones are clogging the works and no one seems to care who gets killed because time is about to get re-written all over again..... and I know this sounds kinda funky. :) But the comic is pretty straightforward about all this and it's easy. :) It's the implications that are nuts. :)And now I'm caught up and the next volume has been nommed for the Hugos in'18. Let's see if it's WORTHY. :)
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  • Timothy Urges
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent. Things are making a lot more sense now. I'm ready for the next edition.
  • Auntie Terror
    January 1, 1970
    If you like Stranger Things, start reading this series. Now. [prtf]
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    January 1, 1970
    I'm absolutely loving this series. It's bizarre, all over the place, fast paced with constant twist and turns and a badass cast of characters. Plus the artwork and colours are gorgeous. I can't get enough of this strange story.
  • Ashley Daviau
    January 1, 1970
    I loved the first installment in this series but this one blew it out of the water by leaps and bounds! I really didn’t think it could get better but I was obviously proven wrong and I loved every second of it. This series gives me SUCH 80s/Stephen King/Stranger Things vibes and it is absolutely fabulous! I love that we get to see the characters develop a little and have new ones added in as well. And I really loved the twist it took, I really didn’t see that coming! And of course as with the fi I loved the first installment in this series but this one blew it out of the water by leaps and bounds! I really didn’t think it could get better but I was obviously proven wrong and I loved every second of it. This series gives me SUCH 80s/Stephen King/Stranger Things vibes and it is absolutely fabulous! I love that we get to see the characters develop a little and have new ones added in as well. And I really loved the twist it took, I really didn’t see that coming! And of course as with the first installment, the illustrations are mindblowingly beautiful!
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    WOW! I am so glad I gave this comic series one more chance to impress me because I loved this volume! It was SO much better than Volume 1 and now I'm really happy that I found another comic series that I really like! I thought the first volume was really confusing and bland (I gave it 2 stars!) but this comic has stepped its game up! Volume 1 was all about setting the story up but in my opinion it didn't do a great job of reeling me in. Volume 2 completely reeled me in. It's exciting, mysterious WOW! I am so glad I gave this comic series one more chance to impress me because I loved this volume! It was SO much better than Volume 1 and now I'm really happy that I found another comic series that I really like! I thought the first volume was really confusing and bland (I gave it 2 stars!) but this comic has stepped its game up! Volume 1 was all about setting the story up but in my opinion it didn't do a great job of reeling me in. Volume 2 completely reeled me in. It's exciting, mysterious and just plain cool! I love how it features girls, I love how they are from the 80's, I love how they are bonding, I LOVE the artwork (especially that stunning colour work) and now I really love the writing too. I'm SO excited to see where this comic goes because I feel like it's going places! I would 100% recommend this series to everyone!
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  • Paz R.M.
    January 1, 1970
    Nope. I don't have time for this. If you thought there were too many mysteries in the first volume you'll be even more confused with this second installment and... I just don't care to be honest. When this series is finished and IF we get all the answers that I'm not seeing anywhere right now I'll continue, but now I don't have the energy to read something that only adds confusion with every issue. Nah, not worth my time.There are few moments here that I enjoyed and I feel like the writing is no Nope. I don't have time for this. If you thought there were too many mysteries in the first volume you'll be even more confused with this second installment and... I just don't care to be honest. When this series is finished and IF we get all the answers that I'm not seeing anywhere right now I'll continue, but now I don't have the energy to read something that only adds confusion with every issue. Nah, not worth my time.There are few moments here that I enjoyed and I feel like the writing is not as sharp as before. No jokes, no fun revelations. I'm just not enjoying the time travel element, so of course I'm not enjoying the story overall.
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  • Lata
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. This set of issues was much better than the first bunch! Things are still mysterious, and there's lots of action, the knights on pterosaurs are back with their bearded leader, and the girls are running around trying to figure out what the heck is going on with their town, while Erin Tieng and Erin Tieng are trying to deal with each other. And there are tardigrades.
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  • Connor
    January 1, 1970
    I liked this one much better than the first. It's a lot more coherent and flows better. You also start to learn a bit more about how time works within this series.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    Paper girls goes all Back to the Future 2 as they wind up in 2016. They soon realize KJ is missing and that becomes the focus of this volume. Erin meets up with her future self and is all "Woah, what happened? I'm a loser" Then a third Erin shows up in a space suit, but it's all good, because we find out her deal before the end of the book. The Paper Girls also battle some giant maggots and figure out how to get to KJ.This book while bringing up some new questions is more focused and easier to f Paper girls goes all Back to the Future 2 as they wind up in 2016. They soon realize KJ is missing and that becomes the focus of this volume. Erin meets up with her future self and is all "Woah, what happened? I'm a loser" Then a third Erin shows up in a space suit, but it's all good, because we find out her deal before the end of the book. The Paper Girls also battle some giant maggots and figure out how to get to KJ.This book while bringing up some new questions is more focused and easier to follow. Vaughan clearly has this thought out and we will get all our answers in due time. What I like about Vaughan is that he cleanly maps out his story arcs and when a story is done, the book ends no matter how popular it is. Most writers are afraid to slaughter that cash cow and will let a series drag out for as long as they can make some bucks off it, see Nick Spencer's Morning Glories for what happens when you milk a series for too long. Anyway on to volume 3.
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  • Artemy
    January 1, 1970
    What a mess.I'm in the minority here, because I thought this volume was even worse that the first one, and the first wasn't good to begin with.So the time-fuckery continues, three girls out of four get straight outta the eighties and into 2016, Erin immediately and conveniently meets her future self, and another young clone-Erin from another future appears, too. There are also some giant tardigrades from the future fighting each other for no reason, an Apple product from — you guessed it! — the What a mess.I'm in the minority here, because I thought this volume was even worse that the first one, and the first wasn't good to begin with.So the time-fuckery continues, three girls out of four get straight outta the eighties and into 2016, Erin immediately and conveniently meets her future self, and another young clone-Erin from another future appears, too. There are also some giant tardigrades from the future fighting each other for no reason, an Apple product from — you guessed it! — the future, and the dystopian post-election world of — waaaait for it — THE FUTURE! Cue all the sighs and eye rolls.This series is an absolute mess of unoriginal ideas which lacks any sort of coherent plot or direction. BKV is banking on the eighties nostalgia, trying to say how good life was then and how bad it is now — a bullshit statement to say the least, but I guess it works wonders with the book's target audience. It reminds me a lot of Stranger Things, another wildly popular recycling bin of eighties nostalgia which doesn't have any individuality or originality (albeit much more coherent and better written than Paper Girls). It also reminds me of the mess Lost has become when BKV was a writer and a producer on the show (seasons 3 to 5) — similarly insane overly complicated time travel plot, lacking characterization, weird pacing, bad dialogue, all resulting in a boring and unappealing final product.The characters don't get any development, they're still all very derivative and generic. I still don't remember any of the girls' names except for Erin, and that's only because there are three of her in this book. Otherwise, they are four totally interchangeable girls with no personality or distinguishing traits.Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson still do an admirable job on art, adding whatever charm and atmosphere they can to this otherwise dreary book. Needless to say, the art is good, but it doesn't save a bad story.Brian K Vaughan can create a great story, as evidenced by comics like Ex Machina and The Private Eye, but unfortunately Paper Girls is yet another example of just how bad his writing can be, as it's some of his worst.
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  • GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)
    January 1, 1970
    It took everything that was great about the first book and dialed it up to 11.Fantastic stuff. Paper Girls has become one of these comics I immediately shout out whenever someone asks me what comic they should try.
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