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.