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.
Paper Girls kept popping up on my radar through various posts and best of the year lists on Twitter and the like. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan of eighties and nineties nostalgia in particular, and coming into this comic I knew practically nothing about the story itself save for the back cover description. Not my typical read, I thought, but I went ahead anyway. And I’m glad I did – though I have not watched Stranger Things, I assume this is the kind of enjoyment I would get out of it.
For your sake as well, I want to keep you all as much in the dark about the actual plot as possible, because I felt it was a lot more fascinating watching it unfold that way. What I can say is that the supernatural elements and the eighties culture and iconography were mixed very well, including and up to the way the comic was drawn and colored. Neon hues illuminated the pages, like something out of an old movie such as Blade Runner. Everything felt like it fell into the right place for the comic it wanted to be, and boy, it moves at breakneck speed once it gets going. Brian K. Vaughan does not disappoint, as usual.
I absolutely loved the all-female main cast, even if I’m still trying to get a grasp on their characters. They mention breaking the glass ceiling in paper delivery, and I quite enjoy stories that show young women at the helm and kicking ass at what they do. I really hope that in the next volume or so, I can get to know the individual characters more readily and have an appreciation for each of them, as at the moment I see them as a conglomerate.
If you enjoy supernatural elements and your eighties nostalgia, then this graphic novel is right up your alley. I give it a solid four stars, and recommend giving it a try, as I was pleasantly surprised. Which I shouldn’t have been, honestly, because I love the writer’s other works, such as Saga. And if you haven’t read Saga already, you better do that too!