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Paper Girls, Vol. 1

(Paper Girls #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  48,503 ratings  ·  4,513 reviews
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.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Image Comics (first published March 30th 2016)
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Doug Goodman Vol 1 works as an older YA. There is some horror imagery, a kid who smokes, some cussing - the kinds of things that some parents may feel a bit leery…moreVol 1 works as an older YA. There is some horror imagery, a kid who smokes, some cussing - the kinds of things that some parents may feel a bit leery of letting their twelve year old read. I would recommend ages 13-15 depending on how comfortable you are with the text.(less)
Travis If you are referring to the language spoken by the mutant-looking characters, it is English written in an invented script. The second volume includes…moreIf you are referring to the language spoken by the mutant-looking characters, it is English written in an invented script. The second volume includes a section that shows both the script and the plain English equivalent and that is a point you can use to get started deciphering it.(less)

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Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!

three stars with room to grow.

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while impatiently waiting for more installments of saga to come out, i decided to check out this other brian k. vaughan book, because i liked the cover, the synopsis promised me plucky girls, 80's references, and this right here is how you get my attention:

Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Heh, I thought this novel was awesome! I felt like I fell down the rabbit hole on this one 😄

It doesn't have a lot of great reviews but it was good enough for me. I loved all of the old school stuff, the graphics, Halloween night, crazy time travelers<--- or were they? Who knows at this point!

Look forward to reading more.

To be continued....

Mel ❤
Apr 07, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

I needed something to take my mind off of the fact that I just finished watching all 9 seasons of The Office and Paper Girls did just that.
It’s a compelling storyline with amazing artwork that had me right from the beginning.

I was, however, confused a few times because the storyline moved a little too fast.
And I wanted more of a backstory to the characters, mainly on Mackenzie “Mac” and her group.

This graphic novel jumps right into the main plot line; monster demons invading earth on Halloween,
Aug 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: The Female Dr Who
Heh. I'm a full-on idiot.
I (because reading the blurb is for losers!) thought that the title was some kind of catchy metaphorical shit. Like, they were girls whose young emotions were as thin as paper. Or instead of paper dolls they were paper girls. You know, something along those lines.
For some reason, it never occurred to me that this was about a bunch of girls with a paper route. Probably because that one chick on the cover has a cigg dangling from her lips, making me think they were a tad
David Schaafsma
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Update, 6/19/18: Once again, and maybe for the last time, re-reading for my YA GN and Comics class with a focus on kick-ass girls. In this case, 4 of them, 12 years old, who are delivering papers in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream on All Saints Day (the day after Halloween) when revelers in costumes can still be seen roaming the streets. . .. among aliens in costumes. And pterodactyls. And monsters. And time travel so you can meet your future self. Too crazy, some Goodreads reviewers said, ...more
Raeleen Lemay
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphicomanga
As a lover of the "Sci Fi weirdness hits a group of kids" trope (big fan of Super 8 and Stranger Things over here) this was AWESOME! On top of the interesting storyline, the art was absolutely killer, and the colouring was maybe even my favorite part of the whole thing! Back to the plot though; I really like how there are still a ton of questions left unanswered, but you're not left completely in the dark after finishing this first volume. The ending of this volume definitely left me intrigued a ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Boy, this one had A LOT of stuff going on. Buckle up, kids, and I’ll take you on a crazy acid trip explain things . . . sort of.

Our story begins in the wee hours of Halloween when noob Erin is being accosted by local hooligan Freddie Krueger while attempting to complete her paper route. Luckily for Erin, the other paper girls have already hit the streets and appear just in time to save the day. Not so lucky is the first impression pres
Jan Philipzig
LOVED the first issue (no surprise there, first issues are a Vaughan specialty), the late 80s setting, Chiang's clean and subtle artwork, Wilson's neon-drenched coloring, the lively, primarily female cast, the snappy yet realistic dialogue – loved it all so much I got a little dizzy early on. Then came the disfigured teenagers from the future, the dinosaurs, the weird language, the Apple dude - and I got a bit confused. Which was the idea, I guess. Not yet sure how it’ll all come together, hope ...more
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
While waiting for the next Saga volume to come out I thought to check out another series from Brian K. Vaughan. I enjoyed it but I don't think it is as good as the other. It was weird with different strange creatures and an attractive 80' vibe. I might continue with the series but i am in no rush to do so.
Saania Zee Jamal ϟ


But agh.

Mr. Vaughan, I'm afraid you've set the bar way too high after Saga. While Paper Girls certainly stands out in the world of comics, with a vibrant spectacle of colours and rich atmosphere, it definitely isn't the best this man's got to offer.

Other than lack of a smooth-running plot, this story's fallout lay in its dialogue for me. And by that I mean the fact that nearly 20% of it is either in a language we don't understand or some really bad
Whitney Atkinson
TW: homophobia (+ usage of word f****t), suicide attempt

This book was just so genius. The best way I can describe it is Saga meets Stranger Things. I loved the concept of a girl squad running around to solve the world's issues. I loved the sass, the artwork, the clothing and the vibe of the entire book. I love each girl in the group for their own reasons, and I didn't find myself thinking, "wait, who is this person?" like I usually do in graphic novels. As far as a feminist graphic novel, I enjo
Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
Actual Rating: 2.5 Stars

So... not amazing, unfortunately. In fact the only thing I super loved about this was the illustrations.

It's a little difficult for me not to compare this to Vaughn's other ongoing series Saga, which had me hooked from the very first installment.

This was was very okay.

Vol. 1 could've benefitted from being a bit longer, providing a little more depth of plot and characterization.

I was really feeling a young, diverse female cast on an 80's science fiction adventure. I was
4ish stars.

A cool first volume, not at all what I expected, but in a good way. The plot is honestly kind of wacky. Weird dinosaurs and time/space travelers, maybe? I honestly didn't know what was going on like 60% of the time, but strangely it didn't bug me... There's a Stranger Things vibe with the 80s setting and the kid protagonists.

The Paper Girls themselves are awfully mature for their what- 12ish years? I had a hard time buying their ages. Maybe I'm just out of touch with the young 'uns t
Apr 20, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paidkindle, graphics
I am starting to get tiny bit worried of Vaughan being a one timer for me as so far I have only enjoyed of his Saga series that is an absolute stunner. That is two out, one in according to my highly messed up records.

Hmmm. I do like the art in Paper Girls because it supports the 80's setting, and the scifi-time travelling theme it seems to be promising in the near future, but awwww, I just did not feel it in my soul. The youngster characterization is extremely overused, there was no surprises l
Scarlett Readz and Runz....Through Novel Time & Distance
3.5 terestial ⭐⭐⭐

November 1, 1988….the morning of Hell. Before sunrise, the paper girls are on their bikes armed with the Cleveland Paper out for delivery. Under ordinary circumstances, these girls aren’t to be messed with. Cigarette smoking, hockey sticks at the ready and equipped with flashlights, these bad-ass girls mouth off to the rowdiest street suspects, and almost defy the law…U N T I L the discovery of some alien capsule changes their fateful morning and culminates into a clash with zom
Josu Grilli
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-1-mayo
Enamorado estoy. Enamorado.

Me topé por pura casualidad con las aventuras de este grupo de chicas y tuve que comprar el primer volumen. Ahora mismo necesito el segundo, ¡es que vaya final! Si os gustó Stranger Things y os mola el rollo urban fantasy con mucha ciencia ficción es perfecto.

No quiero desvelar muchos detalles de la trama porque hay muchos giros y sería spoiler, pero quiero comentar brevemente que las protagonistas son maravillosas y la dinámica de grupo que tienen hace que esta histor
Book Riot Community
I didn’t think I could love a comic more than Saga, but Paper Girls proved me wrong. It’s basically Stranger Things with kickass teen girls on bikes and… well, I won’t spoil it but I audibly yelped with joy in the final few pages.

–Rachel Weber

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Sam Quixote
Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
Small town America, 1988, and it’s the very early morning after Halloween. Four newspaper girls out delivering see black hooded figures skulking around the neighbourhood and discover a flying saucer in a basement. Then everyone disappears like it’s the goldurn Rapture and pterodactyls are appearing in the skies! Did someone say armour-wearing Rastafarians? And look - a flying ball of stuff that makes you relive your entire life! Makes sense to me! Wait, what’s going on again…?

Brian K. Vaughan r
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Why is God letting this happen to me?"


I loved Paper Girls. Not as fantastic as Saga, way more intruiging than Ex Machina, this graphic novel is a stunning work of art.
I can't really believe that our paper girls are 12 years old (they look at least 14, possibly 16), but apart from that I enjoyed the story. Can't wait to see more.

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Feb 13, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel, sci-fi
I am in two minds about this graphic novel - I really enjoyed the story told and I see great potential for the future of this series, but at the same time the art left me mainly unimpressed.

This is the story of four paper girls who are on their early morning route when weird things start happening. To be perfectly honest, I don't have everything figured out just yet but the little clues scattered throughout this volume have me highly intrigued and looking forward to the next part. And that last
✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Err...Ugh and stuff?

Was this really written by the same guy who created Saga? Not that I'm a deliriously hysterical Saga fan or anything (yes, that's another series I read wrong), but I kinda sorta expected more from this because of Brian Vaughan's involvement. What more was I expecting, you ask? Well more maturity, for one. Okay, so the fact that this is called Paper GIRLS as opposed to um, you know, Paper WOMEN, should kinda sorta have clued me in as to the age of the characters. But it didn't
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it
This is even stranger than Stranger Things.

And definitely stranger than the Saga comic book series, from the same author shall I add. Those of you who have read that series know that the world-building is complex and the characters are many, and still, it’s easy to follow and make connections.

But Paper Girls is a whole other story. From what I understood, there are four girls involved in some kind of discovery that has altered the planet Earth. Adults and kids are being kidnapped—relocated?? Ki
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
Eh. After calling it quits on the Saga series (because I realized, several volumes deep, that I simply did not care about it), I thought I'd give a different series from Vaughan a try, because my friends all seem to love his stories so much that I kept feeling like I was missing out on something. After reading this, I'm convinced that his work just isn't for me. The artwork is super fun and lively, but this volume didn't catch me at all. I might give the second volume a try, but it's feeling unl ...more
Sh3lly (
My favorite series by Vaughan so far is the Marvel Runaways (see Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy for a good start) series. I like Saga a lot, but it has been uneven for me. I DNF'd Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned series around volume 3.

I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I found it mainly meh. It has potential with the aliens and time travel. I like the 80s vibe. I don't know. Just didn't connect with it. None of the characters stood out to me. Probably won't continue.
Mariah Roze
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
*3.5 Stars*

I am always trying to read graphic novels because that is what my students "read" and by read I mean they love looking at the pictures. (I teach high school students with intellectual disabilities).

This book was interesting enough and I chose it for the A Book for All Seasons goodreads' book club. I hope to read the whole series and see what happen to the girls. I would have rated this book higher but there were times in the graphic novel that I felt it jumped around too much and I co
Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I picked this up in a whim at the library today. I have seen a lot of friends of mine on Instagram reading it so I thought I’d give it a shot.
My only complaint is that the story is a little bit rushed, I’d like some time to let each girl get their own character development backstory or something just so it’s easier to distinguish between a few of the minor character girls. I love the story though! And set in the late 80s and the tough girl and the pop culture references, I was in gr
I was not expecting that. I didn't know what to expect, but an alien invasion with for girls on their early morning paper route, no, I was surprised in a great way. It really does have that Stranger Things feel to it too.

There are all kinds of mysteries here that were barely scratched the surface of. I mean we got so few answer. What in the world is going on. I need the next issue like now. There are good characters and there is plenty of craziness. I am so pulled in and drawn in.

Great story, g
Finished 2016 with a graphic novel and started 2017 with one. Loved the art style and especially the colouring of this! It reminded me of a more science fiction-y Stranger Things full of 80s nostalgia. Definitely recommend this!
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
*3.5 stars*
what da heck did i just read?????????
Mar 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, graphic-novels
Not as confusing as I expected it to be. Pretty interesting, actually. Now I hope this series won't be so long that it loses my interest after a couple of volumes.
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Born in Cleveland in 1976, Brian K. Vaughan is the Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster Award-winning writer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed comics series Y: The Last Man, Runaways, and Ex Machina (picked as one of the ten best works of fiction of 2005 by Entertainment Weekly).

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by Wizard Magazine, and one of the “top ten comic writers of all time” by Comic Boo

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“I hated being twelve. Back in '65, I just wanted to grow up fast so everything would finally be good, you know? But truth is, life was actually way better back then. Turns out, the older you get... the more everything just turns to shit.” 5 likes
“I'm not going to stand here and be eaten by some bitch's dinosaur. I am finally doing something with my life.” 3 likes
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