Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Comics Distributors
First Published: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Recommended Age: 10+
Genres & Themes: Comics, Science Fiction, Action, Mystery, Time Travel, Aliens
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.
This is even stranger than Stranger Things.
And definitely stranger than the Saga comic book series, from the same author shall I add. Those of you who have read that series know that the world-building is complex and the characters are many, and still, it’s easy to follow and make connections.
But Paper Girls is a whole other story. From what I understood, there are four girls involved in some kind of discovery that has altered the planet Earth. Adults and kids are being kidnapped—relocated?? Killed??
I was interested, because I would be interested in anything Brian K. Vaughan wrote, but I had trouble following the story.
Fortunately, the characters also have no idea what is happening, so I didn’t feel alienated by my lack of comprehension of the storyline. I felt as though I was learning at the same pace as the characters were, so that is a plus. If you’re going to make your story complicated, at least make it so that you know as much as the people in it do. And that’s what has been done here.
I’ll keep on reading. For now, I can say I am curious about the four heroines and the whole moving through time, but I’ll lose interest soon if the fog is not lifted.
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