Book Review: Paper Girls Volume 1 (Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson)

* I have been given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *

Publisher: Image Comics

Pages: 144

Release Date: April 5th 2016

Summary (from Goodreads):

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.


I’m currently reading (and loving) Saga, also by Brian K. Vaughan, so when I saw this on NetGalley I had to go for it.

While this didn’t grip me as much as Saga has, I still enjoyed it. I love the all female leads: four paper girls from the 80s with bundles of attitude and sass. It’s great to see a lady-led cast and they all had different personalities and brought their own humour and badass-ness to the story.

I love a bit of sci-fi and this one intrigued me. I understood enough to enjoy the story, but there was enough mystery to leave me wanting more. The plot moves very quick from one thing to another: this is a plus because you’re never bored, but I found it sometimes left me a little confused. There were a few times when I didn’t quite get what was going on from the drawings and only caught up when someone said it in the dialogue. Still, the art style is really beautiful, and the colour scheme really screams 80s at me, which I loved.

There’s one hell of a cliffhanger at the end, which really sets up where the story is going to go and leaves you gagging for more – I know I’ll certainly be on the lookout for the next issue.


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