Book Reviews

Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Cliff Chiang and Matthew Wilson
Series: Paper Girls #1
Genre: Graphic Novel | Science Fiction
Length: 144 pages
Published on 5th April 2016 by Image Comics
Purchase: Amazon | B&N | TBD | Waterstones | WHSmith
Brian K. Vaughan: Goodreads
Cliff Chiang: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Matthew Wilson: Goodreads
Purchased for myself from Waterstones

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.

I picked this up entirely because of its cover, I didn’t even read what it was about.

So I was surprised when I started reading and it was about actual paper girls delivering papers. Well for the start anyway.

From the get go each of the girls are very interesting to read about. Particularly because their introduction is girls protecting girls, getting revenge on the ones who robbed them, and showing the youngest one (Erin) the ropes. Yeah that’s what we need in literature and life.

Even though I really liked it at this point I was also worried that perhaps I’d picked up something that wasn’t for me but it turns out I was wrong.

(This is totally my own fault, I need to stop picking up graphic novels just cause they’re pretty and reading some synopsis’ …or maybe not given that I usually really end up enjoying them)

Here comes the sci-fi part of things.

Items, people, things. They all start disappearing. People stop moving. The sky turns dark. And there are other people, clearly not around from their area, talking a very different language.

Whilst all this weird stuff is going on the girls are trying to remain safe and figure out what on Earth is going on. During this time we get a very good warning and message about gun safety which is handled in a very non-preachy way but reminds you of how dangerous they are.

Once I thought the graphic novel couldn’t get any better it did exactly that and introduced time travel!

Volume one ends on the perfect cliffhanger of the girls travelling to the future where they bump into Old!Erin.

I loved this introduction to not only these memorable character but also this science fiction setting that has lots to show us. Its clear its not just time travel, there is a lot more going on than meets the eye and I look forward to finding out what that is.


5 stars / 5 stars

I already have continued reading the series so keep an eye out for the rest of my reviews.


4 thoughts on “Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls, Vol 1 by Brian K. Vaughan”

  1. This is such a good review! I love graphic novels though not many reviews about them come across. I’m happy to have read this and Paper Girls is definitely going to my TBR!

    1. Thank you. Definitely check out Catshelf on WordPress as she reviews a lot and has v similar taste to me. I have reviewed a good few others and i think I will keep doing so as they’re fun to read and admire 😊 ty ur comment has made my day

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