Title: Paper Girls 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Illustrator: Cliff Chiang
Original Publication Date: April 5th, 2016
Publisher: Image Comics
Number of Pages: 144
Quick Synopsis: 1988, Stony Stream, Ohio. A group of young paper girls set out on their morning route, only to be interrupted by shenanigans. –Collects Issues #1-5.
Look, I can’t tell you what interrupts their route. Trust me. You’ll want to go in knowing as little as possible. That’s exactly what I did and I’m so happy nothing was ruined for me.
First off, I’m going to say that the art and coloring of this book is amazing. I absolutely love the visuals. The overlapping panel work is incredible, innovative and visually pleasing in every way. It works so well with the coloring. This title literally has some of my favorite panels ever.
Chiang and Vaughan have such a tremendous eye for detail as they subtly reference little things from the time period that can easily go unnoticed. There are Guns and Roses, Monster Squad and Siskel and Ebert references laced throughout. Its perfect.
There is also a perfect amount of drama mixed with a slightly off beat whimsical outlook on very adult themes. It’s a wonderful overlap of adolescence and adulthood focusing on themes that show the inner workings of human nature. By letting us fear outward monsters to showing us that we live with inner-monsters everyday. It’s just so beautifully done.
I recommend this book to new comic readers, people looking for something outside of the superhero genre, sci-fi and Young Adult fans alike. Pacing was perf as the plot definitely steadily moved forward allowing for an easy flow of reading. And it’s hard not to love these characters when they’re relate-able, well written and beautiful.
If you couldn’t tell already…
Starkiller Rating: ★★★★★