Review: Paper Girls, vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

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Paper Girls, Vol 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Published: 2016
Genre: Comic
Rating: B+


In the early morning following Halloween 1988, a group of newspaper delivery girls find that they’re the only survivors of a mysterious event that caused everyone in town to disappear. Pursued by people riding strange winged beasts, the girls strive to survive long enough to figure out what happened.

I went into “Paper Girls” rather blind, only knowing that it was set in the 80’s and that it was going to be a little weird. Since I like weird things and the 80’s, I figured this would be right up my alley.PG-1-lettered-page-08-09-f21fe-600x465
On the surface, this is a quirky story following a group of pre-teen girls as they try to figure out if the rapture has come or if aliens are invading. However, if you take a closer look, there’s quite a bit of depth to the story. The girls are all very different and come from a variety of backgrounds. I loved how Vaughan was able to say so much about each of their home-lives without having to do a major exposition dump.

At it’s heart, this is a story about growing up. We’ve got a group of girls on the edge of becoming teenagers, rebel teenagers, and organized adults led by a Big Lebowski looking god character. While I enjoyed the quirkiness, it felt a little clichéd to make the grown-ups enforcer figures and teenagers a rebel sect in a dystopian setting.
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Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and will be keeping an eye out for future volumes at the library. This is definitely worth a read through if you’re in the mood for something a little strange that plays subtle homage to 80’s movies like Monster Squad.

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12 thoughts on “Review: Paper Girls, vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

  1. I like the 80’s setting of this too, and I laughed when I saw the toilet paper in the tree in that first pic. Between the homages to 80’s movies and having just watched Stranger Things on Netflix recently, I seem to be in a mood for stuff like this. I’ll have to try it.

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    • This was my first time reading Vaughan but I really liked what I saw. I need to hop on the Saga train. I kind of enjoyed the lighter tone of this one. I’m not sure if it’ll stay that way though, I could see him going a little more complex with this series as it progresses.

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  2. I really liked this one too! There are some really interesting things going on with language (the way the boys from the future speak versus the people hunting them, for instance) and I’m curious to see how that plays out. There’s a good English paper in there somewhere, haha.

    As an aside, I was shocked by Mac’s homophobia but gratified to see Erin and the other paper girls stand up to her. The 1980s…yikes.

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