Review | Paper Girls, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, & Matthew Wilson


Paper Girls, Vol. 1

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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.

Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

When I picked this graphic novel up, I wanted something unique, girl-strong, and with compelling artwork, and Paper Girls, Vol. 1 has all that. The plot is very much a Stranger Things with an all-girl cast. Is the plot therefore super unique? Not necessarily, but it was still 100% enjoyable. Enough so that I’ve purchased Vol. 2 and am reading it now.

I love the diverse cast, and that the main character is an Asian girl. At the same time, I do feel like the spotlight is stolen from her by Mac more than once, what with her potty mouth and tough-shit attitude. But I do want to give props for the fact that two of the four girls aren’t white…now if we can just get to a point where this is the norm, or where they are ALL from different and/or non-white backgrounds, that will be awesome!


The time travel thing is still confusing. I’m hoping it’ll be answered a little more in the second volume. It’s also not clear how or why certain people are just disappearing from this town. This first volume leaves the reader–and the four girls–very much in the dark as to what is going on. In a way, I suppose this is a good thing. As the reader, you’re very much one of the gang, along for the ride and figuring things out as they do. 

The language that the futuristic minions speak is hard to get the hang of. Once you do, it’s kind of interesting and, at times, funny, but is also sort of ridiculous? Like, I just don’t get why it’s a thing. Hopefully that will also be explained. It just doesn’t make sense to me why the minions speak that way but their leader speaks normally.

At the end of the day, it’s really action-packed and I love the artwork. This series definitely has its own style that I’m digging. I can’t wait to get through the second volume and find out more about what’s going on.


Review | Ravina the Witch? | Junko Mizuno


Ravina the Witch?

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Ravina the Witch, from the supremely talented visual artist Junko Mizuno, is a dark, fantastical illustrated tale featuring talking animals, giant birds and dancing mushrooms. When Ravina is given a magic wand by a mysterious old woman, she turns from a lonely girl living in a dump… into a witch?

Some initial thoughts of mine were that this artwork is fantastic–and it really is. The imagery on the cover is consistent throughout the comic in what I would describe as sugar-skull-esque/Mexican-heritage/chibi-infused design. It’s very unique and the colouring of the ink is really fantastical.

But pretty quickly, I realized that the artwork was most of what the comic had going for it.

The storytelling was really lacking; there were times where it just made NO SENSE whatsoever, plot points were added in willy-nilly and then abandoned, and nothing seemed to truly drive the plot–yet it continued forward. It felt very much like the type of story you tell on the spot while sitting around the campfire, put to paper and then never edited for consistency or sense. I’m glad I own it because the artwork is beautiful; however, that is partly influenced by the fact that I can’t take it back so I have to accept that I have it. I do not recommend buying this comic book.

*Also*: You won’t get this from the cover or the back description, but there are some very mature themes in this comic. It looks, for all intents and purposes, like a kids’ comic or at least a teen, but it’s very mature.