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Paper Girls, Vol. 1

(Paper Girls #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  82,898 ratings  ·  7,008 reviews
SAGA writer BRIAN K. VAUGHAN launches a brand-new ONGOING SERIES with superstar Wonder Woman artist CLIFF CHIANG! In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 5th 2016 by Image Comics
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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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Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it
i don’t know if i understood a single thing i just read but it was pretty
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 ❤️
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
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,
What the hell I’ve just read
Dave Schaafsma
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Reread, 6/15/21: YA Graphic Novels and Comics class, summer 2021, paired with another teen superhero/teen fantasy series opener, Ms. Marvel. Students liked it a lot.

Update, 6/19/18: Once again, 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 actual al
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
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
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. ...more
the burning dreamer.


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
2020 re-read:

A little less confusing, and still very entertaining. And those colors. Love them. It's one of the very few comics of which I own the paperback. And I'm glad I do. It looks great.
Probably closer to a full four stars now.


2018 review:

Neon-soaked 80's nostalgia, time travel and flying dinosaurs!?
Count me in!

The story is that of four paper girls experiencing some really strange things in the early hours after Halloween of 1988.

The main character, Erin, is a 12-year-old loner tha
Mar 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved Cliff Chiang's art and characters. The main characters are 4 paper girls who don't take crap from anyone. They all have individual personalities and likenesses. The book is set during the 80's and reminds me of E.T. or Goonies. People in town are starting to disappear and strange things start occurring. The story was somewhat confusing. I didn't know what was going on for a long while.

Received an advance copy from Netgalley.
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
Nov 22, 2021 marked it as to-read
aren't all characters paper girls, in a way,

i don't even know what i'm talking about anymore.
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
✘✘ 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
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
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
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
Four great characters, each of them a mere 12 years old... the 'last' of the papergirls (set i the 1990s?) as we head into the digital world. It's Halloween and the four papergirls work together, for safety in numbers. Something significant but undefined changes their reality! This change and the outcomes it causes shape this volume but I was given no real idea of how, or what actually happened! The series is very grey on what it is actually about; even though this is a mystery sci-fi, this unde ...more
C.G. Drews
this is so bizarre and confusing 😂 Stranger Things vibes, but with monsters and time travel and no actual discernible plot. Possibly someone put all their weirdest ideas in a hat and just started picking them out (flying dinosaurs! space ship! Apple is an evil company! we hate iPods! vanish the adults! melt off a face idc!)

oddly I would maybe read the sequel though 😌
Kai Spellmeier
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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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
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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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
Sadie Hartmann
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
Emily B
Jun 12, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics-read
By the end I got into this but at first I was a little confused.
The artwork wasn’t as refined as other graphic novels I’ve read recently but still engaging.
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
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Brian K. Vaughan is the writer and co-creator of comic-book series including SAGA, PAPER GIRLS, Y THE LAST MAN, RUNAWAYS, and most recently, BARRIER, a digital comic with artist Marcos Martin about immigration, available from their pay-what-you-want site www.PanelSyndicate.com

BKV's work has been recognized at the Eisner, Harvey, Hugo, Shuster, Eagle, and British Fantasy Awards. He sometimes writes

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