Friday, November 3, 2017

Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1 By Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol.1 By Brian K. Vaughan
Publisher: Image Comics
Release Date: April 5th, 2016
Format: Trade Volume, 144 pages
My Rating: ★★1/2

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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 love Saga so when I saw Brian K. Vaughan had another comic book series coming out, I had to get it! Like Saga, I read Paper Girls all in one sitting, and I absolutely loved it. I also had NO idea there were going to be sci-fi elements to this story. I think I thought it was just going to be a cool nostalgic story about tweens in the 80s...and it definitely is that but so much more. 

The story is...weird and you have NO idea what is happening. Sometimes I like when a story just drops you in and you have to figure things out as it unravels. I liked that about this story. Like Erin, our main character, I was just kinda going along with the crazy stuff that happens in this story. There are definitely holes in the story, but since this is the first in a series, I was fine with it because I figured we would find out more in later issues.

One issue I have with this story is that since it's set in the 80s so are some social mores of the time in this story. Like Mac using "the other f-word" but I am glad that we have Erin to tell her she shouldn't do that. That really bothered me, and I know it was trying to go for authenticity, but I didn't think that was necessary even if Mac was trying to get creepy teenagers to leave the four girls alone. There was even another scene where we get that Mac has a problem with gay people, and that really bothered me too! I think this is to show she's a product of the 80s, but it still really irritated me. 

You might have noticed, I haven't told you where the sci-fi elements come in, and I'm not going to it. Which makes writing this review really hard! I don't want to give it away about, because it was a surprise to me and I would want other readers to also be surprised. I will say that it's really weird and the four girls that lead the story get stuck in the middle of a crazy conflict.

I loved this story, and I definitely think it's great if you are looking for something quick and light to read. If you like Saga, I recommend this one.

Have you read Paper Girls? What do you think?

Happy Reads Everyone!