Paper Girls Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughn, Cliff Chiang (ill.), Matthew Wilson (ill.)
Series: Paper Girls Vol 1
Adult ∴ Graphic Novel ∴ SciFi ∴ TW: homophopic slurs, catcalling minors, gore, body horror
Published April 5th 2016 by Image Comics (first published March 30th 2016)
Paperback ∴ 144 pages
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.
Lauren has been recommending this to me and our book club for what seems like forever and I finally picked it up. Thanks to my shelver at work who has all four on her desk and isn’t ready to read them yet 😉
For one, I didn’t realize the girls were actual paper girls, who deliver newspapers… I don’t know what I thought. Maybe that it was a metaphor for them being fragile or something, I don’t know.
This was really good, though! It escalates really fast from just some girls delivering papers on the morning after Halloween or Devil’s Night and getting harassed by randos in the street.
The only thing is Mac, the spunky, rebellious, redhead, has a mouth on her. I understand it’s set in a time where the slurs that she uses weren’t challenged as they are now, but I think her character could’ve done fine and been just as sassy without it. There’s also some weird catcalling to minors. These girls are 12 and some gross high school boys surround them and harassing them. So weird.
Otherwise, I really enjoyed this and will definitely be continuing it. Look out for more reviews of it!