Paper Girls, Vol. 5
Can anyone escape fate? That’s what Mac and her fellow newspaper delivery girls must discover as they escape the year 2000 and travel to the distant future. Plus, the truth behind the mysterious “old-timers” is finally revealed.Collects PAPER GIRLS #21-25

Paper Girls, Vol. 5 Details

TitlePaper Girls, Vol. 5
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 11th, 2018
PublisherImage Comics
ISBN-139781534308671
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GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Time Travel

Paper Girls, Vol. 5 Review

  • David Schaafsma
    January 1, 1970
    “This day and age we’re living ingives cause for apprehensionWith speed and apprehensionAnd things like the Fourth Dimension.”(As Time Goes by, verse unused in Casablanca, lyrics Herman Hupfield)In this, the fifth volume, the girls are still in the future, there’s a war on, there’s old-timers. . . and the ultimate question here is about fate, and our potential to change the future. A mix of silliness and invention and devastating seriousness, in typical “This day and age we’re living ingives cause for apprehensionWith speed and apprehensionAnd things like the Fourth Dimension.”(As Time Goes by, verse unused in Casablanca, lyrics Herman Hupfield)In this, the fifth volume, the girls are still in the future, there’s a war on, there’s old-timers. . . and the ultimate question here is about fate, and our potential to change the future. A mix of silliness and invention and devastating seriousness, in typical Vaughn/Chiang fashion, but we begin to see this team knows what it is doing. Time travel tropes abound, in clever fashion.And you want to know:How do our girls get back to 1988? (oh, you may find out, you may not. . .)Who kisses whom in the future? (not telling, you gossip, you snoop!)“You must remember thisA kiss is just a kissA sigh is just a sighThe fundamental things applyAs time goes by.”As Time Goes by, lyrics Herman HupfieldFrom Casablanca, Ingrid Bergman:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfuRG...Who dies at some point in the future from this cast of characters from leukemia? (hey, it’s an open question, really, but they are working on that. . .)Who dies in this volume? (Oh, don’t worry, even if I knew anything, I would not be telling! And maybe no one, who knows? Maybe I am just messing with you, and maybe Brian Vaughn is. Time travel complicates this answer. Maybe.)Who dies at some point in the future? (everybody, duh)“No matter what we do, we’re still gonna die. . .”Who ran for President of the USA in 1988 on the Democratic ticket? (Michael Dukakis and Lloyd Bentsen)
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  • Melki
    January 1, 1970
    This one gets five stars because it has not one, but TWO scary librarians. Better pay those fines, kiddos. We won't be so understanding in the future.
  • Jenny Baker
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't expecting that ending at all! This series just keeps getting better and I can't wait to see how this story continues.
  • Chad
    January 1, 1970
    The series is rounding third and headed home, full bore. the Paper Girls are now in the future searching for a way home while trying to avoid the Time Cops (or whatever they are called here). Vaughan answers lots of our questions and things are falling into place. I'm excited to read the end of this. I feel like this series will benefit greatly from reading it all in one sitting.
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  • Donovan
    January 1, 1970
    More time travel chaos and hilarious teenage badasses. Plus some answers and brief romance. To be continued...in utter temporal chaos!
  • Eliza
    January 1, 1970
    Not as good as the previous 4 volumes, but still entertaining nonetheless!
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    January 1, 1970
    More time travel weirdness with the paper girls. This continues to be a great series. In this, the fifth volume, some things are starting to become clearer, but by no means clear.
  • E.
    January 1, 1970
    Finally some fucking answers , babes!!Also, that was one hell of an ending. Boy, those girls do not get a break... __________________________ insta | twitter | blog | booksirens | duolingo
  • Auntie Terror
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. Sadly, this installment was a little less amazing than the others before, and a lot more confusing. Still good enough to make me want to read on, especially as the end is one fantastically teasy cliff hanger.
  • Chanelle
    January 1, 1970
    WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! this is THE BEST volume of this series that i’ve read so far!!! I love how Mac’s character is developing and even though she can be such a mess she’s learning more and more about her actions and her place in the group and the respect and care she should have for others, and one person in particular *wink wink*. She’s literally my favorite now and I’m so glad about it!! Both her and Erin are THE MAINS. This volume SENT ME TO PLACES!!! Literally. Especially the ending I WOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOWOW!!!! this is THE BEST volume of this series that i’ve read so far!!! I love how Mac’s character is developing and even though she can be such a mess she’s learning more and more about her actions and her place in the group and the respect and care she should have for others, and one person in particular *wink wink*. She’s literally my favorite now and I’m so glad about it!! Both her and Erin are THE MAINS. This volume SENT ME TO PLACES!!! Literally. Especially the ending I was really shook. It’s the first volume I have experienced myself being extremely shaken by the plot twists especially with Grandfather (can I say i’m SHOOKETH???) Erin, KJ, Tiff and Mac are the real homies to be going through all of this together and I am extremely impressed by the way this volume went! I can’t gush about it enough! I want it—THE COVER, THE ART, THE STORY. I love Paper Girls so so so much now!!! I’m so glad I kept reading from volume one because now I am extremely attached to these characters and the timelines and the story and everything wowza. ★ 5 STINKIN STARS ★
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  • Devann
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like this is one of those series where it's going to be very good in hindsight once it's finished, but as you are reading it the first time it's just like ...what??? Also I still think it's just the height of laziness that they are 'changing the time stream around them' or whatever and that's why future them don't remember any of this happening. It was nice to get a few more answers though and KJ and whatsherface are getting to be pretty adorable, but I'm just one of those people who like I feel like this is one of those series where it's going to be very good in hindsight once it's finished, but as you are reading it the first time it's just like ...what??? Also I still think it's just the height of laziness that they are 'changing the time stream around them' or whatever and that's why future them don't remember any of this happening. It was nice to get a few more answers though and KJ and whatsherface are getting to be pretty adorable, but I'm just one of those people who likes to know what's going on when I read a book.
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  • Drewthereader20
    January 1, 1970
    1) Paper girls Vol. 1 4/5 stars2) Paper girls vol. 2 3/5 stars3) Paper girls vol. 3 5/5 stars4) Paper girls vol. 4 4/5 stars5) Paper girls vol. 5 4/5 stars6) Paper girls vol. 6 ? StarsOmg! That ending was so funny! Can't wait for the next one. Hopefully soon!(:
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  • Josh
    January 1, 1970
    I think I still like this. I mean, I can't say I understand it any more than I have in the past, but it feels like it's still good. Things are certainly still interesting. The art is cool. And I get the sense that the story is on its way to wrapping up at this point, so I'm curious to see where that goes.
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  • Crystal Starr Light
    January 1, 1970
    Bullet Review:Once again, I'm playing catch-up and desperately trying to remember what happened last volume(s). Where is this going? Where were we? Is there a philosophy to this time travel or does Vaughan throw up whatever sounds good at the moment?And then by the end, I've gotten so sucked into the story, I'm like, "Does it matter?"
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  • britt_brooke
    January 1, 1970
    As our girls keep getting slung through time, some questions are answered, yet more are posed. I’m still pretty confused, to be honest, but this is such an enjoyable series. The art and coloring are just so gorgeous! I can’t wait to see where volume 6 takes us.
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  • Stuart
    January 1, 1970
    Paper Girls (Vol 5): Story gaining momentum and richnessThis is the fifth volume of Brian K. Vaughan’s PAPER GIRLS, and the larger story is really starting to take shape. The early volumes were quite elliptical and disorienting, so it’s great to be able to understand the various storylines and the larger world-building that is revealed, and get to know and like the four main protagonists even more as they are thrown into a series of tense adventures across time.Finally we get to delve int Paper Girls (Vol 5): Story gaining momentum and richnessThis is the fifth volume of Brian K. Vaughan’s PAPER GIRLS, and the larger story is really starting to take shape. The early volumes were quite elliptical and disorienting, so it’s great to be able to understand the various storylines and the larger world-building that is revealed, and get to know and like the four main protagonists even more as they are thrown into a series of tense adventures across time.Finally we get to delve into the far-future world inhabited by the old-timers, with the sleek and beautifully-colored futuristic cityscapes that were just hinted at in previous volumes. The girls find themselves in a far future city that is surprisingly close to home, on a mission to seek out answers and help as they are being pursued by multiple factions, since for some reason the outcome of this time-traveling battle apparently rests on their fates.The story addresses the familiar time-travel contradictions of how the past and future can be altered when it should already have happened, taking a fresh tack by denying the common quantum explanation for multiple time-lines. It’s an interesting approach, and central to the entire story structure, so it’s good to see that Vaughan is thinking through his story carefully.We learn much more about the back-stories of Wari and Grandfather, with some surprising reveals, and once again Vaughan refuses to use the simplistic dichotomy of “good” and “bad” for his characters. They each have their own motives to pursue the girls for different ends, and both seem to believe in the justness of their actions. This level of moral complexity is something that distinguishes the entire series. While the reasons for why the old-timers are after the girls is unveiled, its still unclear whether they or their rebellious younger rivals are right or wrong.The narrative weaves between different groups, times, and adds color to some of the events of the past volumes. Things are certainly easier to follow now, and the plot is really gaining urgency. What is more, the interactions between the girls and their older selves are both funny and moving at times.The artwork by Cliff Chiang remains precise, clean and skillful, and the coloring by Matt Wilson and letter by Jared K. Fletcher are also distinctive and add to the visual feast. It’s a pleasure to read and the full-page panels are always used as dramatic reveals.Much like Vol 4, I found this volume to be a lot of fun to read and am now eagerly awaiting the next installment.
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  • Karl
    January 1, 1970
    Fabulous ! I can’t believe this series is apparently ending with Volume 6. There are so many loose ends. I’ll try not to spoil this but the romance was a pleasant surprise and the demise of a character was heroic. Love and death and the bountiful heart and soul of this great team of girls. I’m saving my 5 star rating for the finale ! Don’t let me down Vaughan.
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  • Brendan
    January 1, 1970
    5The time element is growing weirder by the volume and I can't put this series down. Obviously this is super excited statement as holding a book all day would be insane and annoying, but who's complaining. Everything you have loved about the Paper Girls series is right here and if you're seeing this for the first time, trust me it's worth checking out. The mythology started unfolding at volume 3 and here it is starting to twist and turn. Why the 5?Still early days for the 5The time element is growing weirder by the volume and I can't put this series down. Obviously this is super excited statement as holding a book all day would be insane and annoying, but who's complaining. Everything you have loved about the Paper Girls series is right here and if you're seeing this for the first time, trust me it's worth checking out. The mythology started unfolding at volume 3 and here it is starting to twist and turn. Why the 5?Still early days for the Brian K. Vaughan series but I feel we are in good terrain. He is obviously kicking it creatively at the moment and for the fans its a non-zero-sum game. I'm using that because this show is bending time and space, why can't I have some fun. Great series and while Saga garners all the praise, Paper Girls is far from slumming it.
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    This series is so addicting and it was so easy to speed through this installment. I'm not ready for this to end in the next volume.
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    Another mind-bendy time-twisty ride with the Paper Girls!
  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    This penultimate volume is packed with revelations. This time around the girls end up in the future, and they meet up with some familiar faces. Like all the previous volumes, this ends on a cliff hanger, but the 6th and final volume doesn't come out until October.
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  • Robert
    January 1, 1970
    It feels like a penultimate volume. If there is more than one more, they're stretching it.
  • Fox
    January 1, 1970
    Oh man.This volume takes everything a step further. More answers, and more questions generated. More death and devastation. Can fates be changed? Can you truly live and and remain all right if you know when, how, and where you die? Or even see yourself die? How much can life be changed? Moreover, should it?Pieces of previous volumes are being filled in, and consequences are numerous. We learn that 'evil clone' is horrifically bigoted slang that we shouldn't use, and that certain figure Oh man.This volume takes everything a step further. More answers, and more questions generated. More death and devastation. Can fates be changed? Can you truly live and and remain all right if you know when, how, and where you die? Or even see yourself die? How much can life be changed? Moreover, should it?Pieces of previous volumes are being filled in, and consequences are numerous. We learn that 'evil clone' is horrifically bigoted slang that we shouldn't use, and that certain figures really shouldn't be trusted. Also, we get a little bit of eye opening romance, a little bit more backstory and characterization. All those good things. In the future.After reading this volume I can confidently state that these comics will make forincredible rereading. Can't wait to get that pleasure once its run is complete.In the meantime... when do we get volume 6?
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  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    Before I started this, I was thinking "gee, I don't remember what happened in past issues." Normally when that happens, I'll back up and reread the most recent. But because I never know what's happening in this series, I just jumped right in. And remembering what happened wouldn't have helped with this volume. WHAT IS GOING ON?The most confusing part was this:HOW CAN CAN ANYONE OUTGROW THE BABY Before I started this, I was thinking "gee, I don't remember what happened in past issues." Normally when that happens, I'll back up and reread the most recent. But because I never know what's happening in this series, I just jumped right in. And remembering what happened wouldn't have helped with this volume. WHAT IS GOING ON?The most confusing part was this:HOW CAN CAN ANYONE OUTGROW THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB?!?!?!
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  • Izza
    January 1, 1970
    5 stars | That ending o.o
  • Lu
    January 1, 1970
    Things are finally starting to make sense
  • Zedsdead
    January 1, 1970
    Visual spectacle, witty banter, time travelly twists, and a remarkable color scheme.Just when it looks like Vaughan is winding down, he shakes things up and we're off to the races again.
  • Esha Dickson
    January 1, 1970
    Fat-A-Thon Read:-Fat Female MC-Fat Graphic Novel-By Person of Colour (artist)
  • Leslie
    January 1, 1970
    This series has gotten so good. I was meh about the first volume but now it’s 💯 However, how in the heck does Mac go from expressing her internalized homophobia to being like ok cool let’s kiss. I just. Feel like I must have blinked and missed something.
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  • Drown Hollum
    January 1, 1970
    It's always pretty exhausting starting a new Paper Girls trade. The story is pretty convoluted at this point, and it's difficult to remember all the important beats. That hump doesn't last long though, because Vaughan and Chiang are silky smooth dudes, and it is incredibly easy to get back into their world of clean art and effortless dialogue. Plus you know there's going to be a wild cliffhanger at the end which will keep you hype for the next arc. This trade ticks all the boxes. I'm just so dam It's always pretty exhausting starting a new Paper Girls trade. The story is pretty convoluted at this point, and it's difficult to remember all the important beats. That hump doesn't last long though, because Vaughan and Chiang are silky smooth dudes, and it is incredibly easy to get back into their world of clean art and effortless dialogue. Plus you know there's going to be a wild cliffhanger at the end which will keep you hype for the next arc. This trade ticks all the boxes. I'm just so damn curious to see how this bad boy is gonna conclude.
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