Paper Girls is another fantastically original story from the brilliant mind behind Saga, Volume 1, Mr. Brian K. Vaughan. Halloween morning has arrived. Teenagers are traipsing through town, dressed in their scary, villainous costumes. In the midst of it all, we have four teenage girls who go about their paper delivery routes. But starts off as a day of mundane routine turns into an adventure with crazy alien birds, adolescent boys from the future, and “grown-ups” who aren’t what they seem.
The first volume of this new grunge, science-fiction story collects the first five issues of the comic series. The plot feels a bit overwhelming as it unfolds very quickly. There is quite a lot going on that can come off as confusing upon a first-time read through. But if you take your time and pay attention to the little details, you’ll find that it’s all a foundation for bigger things to come. While I did find the storytelling to be expeditious, it was also extremely engrossing and visually enthralling.
The artwork is a glorious compliment to the 80s chic and epic, larger-than-life atmosphere. The action picks up and maintains it’s fast-paced nature until the end of the volume. It’s never choppy, or random, but has a wonderfully fluid allure to it all. I felt myself blowing through page after page without even realizing that I was inching closer to a climactic cliffhanger.
Paper Girls swept me up with its high energy and stunning illustrations, and kept me bewitched with fascination all the way through. I loved it and I can’t wait to devour the next installment; four crazy alien birds out of five.