Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Paper Girls, Vol 1 // Beautiful Art for a Creepily Good Story

Title: Paper Girls (Paper Girls #1-5)
Story: Brian K. Vaughan, Artist: Cliff Chiang, Colourist: Matt Wilson
Genre: SciFi, Graphic Novel
Warnings: blood, violence, death
Rating: 4 stars
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Set in 1988, four girls deliver papers to a suburban neighbourhood the morning after Halloween. When the people in the town begin disappearing, the girls find themselves tangled in paranormal activity, time travel, and otherworldly creatures, the likes of which they cannot even begin to comprehend.

The art style was gorgeous. Everything was sharp and crisp with a colour palette that suited the theme and story perfectly.

The plot was easy to follow and the characters were diverse and sharp as knives - not stopping for anyone or anything. There was not much distinction between their personalities, so sometimes it felt as though the girls could have their speech bubbles swapped and it not make a difference, but I imagine they will be fleshed out in later volumes.

With Paper Girls, except the unexpected. There are twists and turns throughout the story. Although there could have been greater clarity over the goings on of this peculiar suburban town, I am intrigued by the fact that I don't know where the story is going, and am likely to keep reading in order to find out.


Diversity Note: black, Asian, and Jewish Protagonists


  1. A friend recently recommended this to me, and I'm so sad that my library doesn't have a copy. Maybe I will have to suggest they get one in!

    From the cover, I can see that the colour palette is really pretty. I haven't really read many comics/graphic novels (I'm more of a manga reader), but colour is SUPER important to me.

    I think that things like character and plot development do get better from the first volume out. I've read a few manga series that haven't started off very strongly, but have gotten infinitely better as time went on!

    Thanks for the review, Helia! I can't wait to read this one.

    1. I hope you're able to get your hands on a copy, Chiara! I haven't read too many graphic novels or comics either so I don't have much to compare to, but the colour was a huge part in what made the story so vivid. The best way to describe the colour palette is that it's very suburban 80s + space travel - an aesthetic I'd never considered but is surprisingly effective.

      It's encouraging to hear that often volumes get better as they progress so I'm definitely going to keep to this story and see how it unfolds.

      Thanks for visiting! :D