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Paper Girls #1

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Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang deliver the goods in this new series.

There are certain creators whose work you’ll follow pretty much regardless of the topic. Brian K. Vaughan has proven himself as a writer time and time again and Cliff Chiang has a fantastic style that immediately presents a special vibe to the story. With PAPER GIRLS, we didn’t know a whole lot about the premise of the series. Dealing with four paper girls in the 80s that find something ‘special,’ there was enough to get my curiosity going.

As the story stars out, you’re immediately pulled back to the 80s. It’s handled in subtle ways and the elements from the time period aren’t presented in a way where you’re knocked over the head in order for the story to drive home the point of when this is taking place. The little references along with background detail like a music poster in a bedroom or pair of headphones being worn are things those that lived in the 80s will immediately recognize. We also get some of the wonderful aspects of having the job delivering newspapers. If you’ve ever been a paperboy or papergirl, you’ll feel the shivers of having to wake up at the crack of dawn to hop on your bike in order to get the daily news out. Other mentions of collecting from the customers is almost enough to make you slam the comic shut. But this book is much more than a telling of the hardships of delivering newspapers.

What Vaughan does with ease is introduce us to four different and unique young girls. Each one has a separate look and personality to them. Within a matter of panels, you feel like you already know what they’re like. The story all seems fairly innocent, with some typical problems or dangers living in a suburban neighborhood in the 80s might bring. But there is that matter of the something “special” the girls find. That’s where the story takes off in a crazy direction. Just when you think you might have an idea what’s happening, you’ll get knocked off your feet with what is revealed on the final page. There seems to be several layers to what’s going on.

Adding to Chiang’s art is Matthew Wilson’s colors. Wilson always does a phenomenal job when working on an issue and this is no exception. Part of what I loved about the art here is the mix in panel layout. Chiang gives some typical panel sequences and then we suddenly get a larger panel that highlights a certain thing or action. Getting a larger view of the scene or characters is a cool thing. As the story starts to unfold, you’ll find yourself looking forward to seeing what’s coming next as well as reading it.

In this day and age, when it comes to comic series, we usually know way too much about what’s going to happen before the issue hits the store shelves. There is something fundamentally delightful in not having any idea where this series will go. Vaughan has made me care about the characters from the beginning. We have a fascinating set up that makes me want to know what’s going to happen next. Chiang’s art is a joy to look at no matter what he’s drawing. This book may not fall into the typical comic book category and that’s a great thing. We need more books that stand apart from each other, even if our wallets complain about having one more title to add to the pull list. PAPER GIRLS is jammed with a special kind of innocence but doesn’t shy away some slightly mature themes. You’ll be hooked from the beginning. The fact that it’s an oversized first issue for only $2.99 will make you feel like it’s your birthday. This is a great start to a new series. I may not know what’s coming up but I know I’m going to love every minute of it.

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Brian K. Vaughn is my favorite writer, you had me at him.

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This guy just can't miss. I mean has Vaughn ever written anything mediocre?

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I didn't really like this, but considering how many pages I got for the price it didn't feel like a loss.

Felt a little weird to see Christa McAuliffe mentioned in this. Then again she's probably only one of two people from New Hampshire people care about... sadly the other is Adam Sandler

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Why would someone not buy this for $2.99?

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YESSSSSSSSSSS been waiting for this for a long time!

~MiB

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Sees :Brian K Vaughn: Sold

Here's reason to get this. BRIAN K VAUGHN

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It was good, but I'm gonna trade-wait.

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I got to give it a try at some point <3

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Saga is probably the best ongoing comic, We Stand On Guard is one of the best new comics, Ex Machina is one of my favorite runs... So yeah, I think this is worth checking out for $2.99.

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love saga, didn't like we stand on guard, this was pretty good. excited for issue 2

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This was pretty much the definition of a 5-star book.

Dialog, atmosphere, mystery, characterization, art---it's all there.

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Love everything he does, will pick this up. No one ever mentions his the hood and its one of my favorites

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Everyone's going gaga over BKV but I would buy this for the Cliff Chiang art alone lol.

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Thought this was a really good read, loved seeing the monster squad poster almost right off the bat. Loved the ending, excited to see where the story goes next.

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Good start but I didn't really feel BKV's writing come through. Still, I really enjoyed it (especially Chiang's art) and am looking forward to the next issue.

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Loved everything about it. Outside of the comic, I wonder if the 90s will be as referenced in pop culture as the 80s are.

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@wardishy said:

Everyone's going gaga over BKV but I would buy this for the Cliff Chiang art alone lol.

Chiang is a comic book God, for me he's the industry's numero uno. The fact that he never won an Eisner for best interior art is an injustice. BKV chooses his collaborators well. I would love more mainstream looking covers going forward though

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This is the kind of book that forces it's way onto my pull list even when I'm trying not to add anything.

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Just read this and thought it was okay. I believe the item in the cellar is Hitlers Bell, an object believed to be a time machine that was either built by Hitlers scientists or an alien piece of technology found by the Nazis. This book makes it seem like both, aliens time traveling. The aliens may just be humans from the future who have to fix the bell and need the walkie talkie to do it. If I had to guess i'd say future issues will revolve around the girls time traveling.