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Paper Girls, Vol. 3

(Paper Girls #3)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  16,551 ratings  ·  1,588 reviews
The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel... or risk never returning home to 1988.
Collects issues 11 through 15!
Paperback, 128 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Image Comics
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Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
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so, i’m enjoying this series, inasmuch as i am still intrigued by what the heck is happening, but this issue is just more questions with no resolution to previous questions and no real indication that the story is heading in a direction where we can gather our breaths and start making progress towards anything resembling a cohesive storyline.

this issue is a mix of past, present, and “other”

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where harsh truths are spoke, albeit in bewildering terms

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the magic of womanhood descends

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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Still loving it!
Dave Schaafsma
It's like all of the eighties Sci-Fi adventures, all of them, all at once. With twelve-year-old girls Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reuniting with their long-lost friend KJ. Three volumes, three different settings, girls in peril, but no, they are not helpless victims, but ass-kickers.

All the gleeful pop references we come to expect from Vaughn: Hitchhiker’s Guide, Bam Bam, Crankshaft, Calvin and Hobbes, Cathy, Stephen King, and on and on. And then there’s the 12 year old girl stuff: periods, gi
Aug 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing

No joke, Paper Girls is my all time favorite on-going series.

It's just crazy fun zany fantasy. And the thing is, Vaughan is building to a pretty good mystery. I really wanna know where this is going. And I'm fascinated by the development that's happening with the characters.

The artwork is industry best. Cliff Chiang's illustrations are bold and iconic, and paired with Matt Wilson's eye-watering colors, this is top notch. Hell, I'd read this comic just for the artwork.

I'm right. This comic is
April (Aprilius Maximus)
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
1.) Paper Girls Volume 1 ★★★.5
2.) Paper Girls Volume 2 ★★★★
3.) Paper Girls Volume 3 ★★★★


Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi
AND NOW for something completely different. The girls decided to go with the Folding and now find themselves in what appears to be a prehistoric age or is it a post-apocalyptic age... it's hard to tell the difference!

Brian K. Vaughan's very slow unravelling of this mystery has a 'Y The Last Man' feel to it, and it's a nice feeling. It could do with more character development on the Paper Girls, although the subtle insights are working quite well. Gotta say it... even though good art should fit a
I honestly think the author might be pulling ideas out of a hat instead of having a coherent plan for where the plot will go. Last issue sealed it for me—I'm abandoning this series. I just don't know what it's trying to be anymore and I'm either confused or annoyed after each issue.

Individual issue reviews: #11 | #12 | #13 | #14 | #15

Total review score: 1.8
Jun 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. So much wilder than the first volume, although the second comes close.

How about we skip along to the part where we're 13k in the past and the creator of time travel and Erin's DISTANT ancestor (maybe) catches all these girls in a caveman-esq borrowed technological romp with a slowly evolving and unfolding revelation about the nature of the 4th dimension?


This is just my speed. And it's nicely f***ed up.

Welcome to the '18 Hugo nominations for the best graphic novel!

Would I choose this or
Tan Markovic
May 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I have no idea what's going on but Im enjoying it :) ...more
Kate (GirlReading)
I am loving this series so much. I'm just mad at myself right now for thinking there were more volumes out because the wait from now until next year is going to be so painful!! Having said that, it would have been impossible for me to not binge read this series. It's so incredibly addictive and fast paced, I've already read it twice over! I adore the artwork, the characters and the utterly bizarre plot line, that doesn't always make sense or seem to be going anywhere but for some reason that's t ...more
A few answers are coming enough to begin to get an understanding, but mostly, we still know very little. The girls have jumped back in time 11,000 years. They also find someone from 2055 doing research.

There are plenty of deadly things in the forest.

I'm beginning to tire of this. I will give it another try, but I'm ready to know a little bit about what is happening. It's going to be a time jumping story.
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z2017, graphic-novels
Another great volume! If this series keeps turning out awesome volumes like this one, this could turn into another one of my favourite comic series. I love the story, the writing, the girls, the illustrations and the colours. I still can't believe I went from rating the first volume 2 stars to rating the second and third volumes 4 stars. I'm really impressed with this and I can't wait for the next one! I would definitely recommend this. ...more
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Man, time travel is confusing! In that sense, it is like puberty.
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Now the girls have entered prehistoric caveman times. I love the 80's references, especially when they ripped on Cathy. I think everyone feels the same way about that terrible comic strip. Vaughan does tie up one little timey-wimey thing with the field hockey stick. We also meet the inventor of time travel. Still loving the series and looking forward to see where the Paper girls are headed next. ...more
2020 re-read:

Still not my favorite volume. Still for the same reasons that I mentioned in my original review. But, yeah, I like those girls. So I'm enjoying these.


2018 review:

A 2018 Hugo nominee for Best Graphic Story

This time the girls turn up in 11,706 BCE. KJ is back on board, but they left Future Erin behind in 2016.

So the original crew from Paper Girls Vol. 1 is back together and still trying to make sense of what’s happening to them, since they found tha
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
This one is the volume which is on the shortlist for #BooktubeSFF 2018 and so I just read through the first two volumes so I could move on to this one.

First up, I am definitely happy I got these from the library, as this series just isn't one I am a big fan of. I find this too all over the place, and a bit backwards in regards to some of the decisions with the speech of the characters. I know it's set in the 80s, but I find it just too cringe-worthy at times, and I definitely don't think that t
It's still interesting... The world is creative and the world building is AMAZING! But I'm still confused. I don't understand what's happening.

Aug 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
3.5 stars

Hmmmmm...this volume of Paper Girls didn't really captivate me as the previous two. I can completely understand why some people don't like this series and at times it strikes me that Vaughan is literally making the plot up as he goes along.

I think for me this volume lacked excitement and there weren't as many twists as I would have liked. The artwork was still top-notch (as always) and the colouring was beautiful but plot-wise, Paper Girls 3 left me feeling a bit cold.

I still have no
♠ Tabi⁷ ♠
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This series is breezing by too fast because I want time with the new characters that keep getting dropped in before the girls yeet off to another time.
Crystal Starr Light
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: image, graphic-novel
Bullet Review:

I'm of two minds about this:

1) I love it. The same way I loved "Ready Player One" with its cheesy 80's nostalgia vibe, I love this. I can't wait to see what happens next.

2) I don't think Vaughan even knows what's happening next, and this will be a trainwreck of the likes of LOST.

I kinda need to read this from the beginning, because I can barely even remember where this began. But I'm going to ride out the first mind as long as I can, enjoying the good vibes while I have the chance.
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
FINALLY, this series experienced a glow-up and managed to draw me in like it should have from the start. It was the first time I actually let go of my surroundings and got lost in the story. Can't wait for Vol. 4! ...more
Auntie Terror
Mar 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: borrowed
This series continues to grip me. Admittedly, it gets weirder and weirder, and it's hard to remember that the girls were actually paper delivery girls in the beginning. But it has an amazing story unfolding, and slowly we start getting clues as to what might have happened between the original timeline of the girls and the future timeline and its inhabitants which they get into contact with.

As I said before, if you know what a demogorgon is and wish you had one as a pet, get the books right now.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
This volume is my favorite so far, but not the best thing I have ever read.

This was quite dark, but I am still confused about certain things that happened.
Also, it had a bit of possible romantic relationship which is nice & didn't expect.
Tom Ewing
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
While the exact plot of Paper Girls remains inscrutable, three arcs is enough to get a handle on what the series does and how it feels. What it does, so far at least, is have its single volumes follow a simple structure within an overall architecture we're only seeing in glimpses. How it feels is awesome.

So this third volume does the same things the first two did. The girls arrive in a new setting and figure out its rules: when it is, who they can trust, who they maybe can't, and what the stakes
Aug 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Again, I am so confused as to how this series is making sense but at the same time, being incredibly nonsensical at the same time. I get the story for this particular book, and its little arc. But in the grand scheme of the plot, we still know nothing about how all these random storylines connect and relate to each other. Which is very frustrating.

The artwork and colour palette in this one were just okay.

I appreciate that although these reads are science fiction books, it still had the time to d
Ashley Daviau
Sep 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I swear, this series just keeps getting better by leaps and bounds with every single installment. At this point, I don’t think the authors could produce something I won’t fall completely in love with. This is by far my favourite out of the series so far, I really and truly loved everything about it and I’m dying to see where the series goes next! And not to mention the freaking bloody phenomenal illustrations, they keep getting more stunning with each issue!
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
It's still kinda good. Though, not as good as the last two.
Something about this one is a little bit off.
It's kinda hard to pinpoint what is it exactly.

That being said, I still like the main characters, and how they're interacting with each other. That's probably the best part out of this series so far.

It gets 3.5 stars out of 5
Apr 03, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
The girls travel back in time, to a prehistoric era. They meet a girl running from the madmen of her tribe that are after her baby. Also, monsters.

Weird and action packed fun.

Volume 3 contains issues 11-15.
Schizanthus Nerd
A note about spoilers: Once again I don’t know how to talk about this Volume without recapping Volume 2 or telling you about this one. I’m hiding anything I consider a potentially significant spoiler but please proceed with caution if you haven’t read this series. I’m excited about what happens and need to tell someone.

When we last saw Tiffany, Mac and Erin, they had just been reunited with KJ, who was MIA throughout Volume 2. The trio had spent some time in 2016, where they met (view spoiler)
Melissa Chung
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Hmm volume 3 what to say about it. I think it has been too long between volumes. When I first picked up Paper Girls I was really excited about the 80’s references and the sci-if aspect. Now it’s just getting too weird and I’m not sure where we are headed. The girls find themselves again in a different time period. What is their mission? Are they supposed to get back to ‘88 or are they supposed to find out who is behind all the future time traveling technology. Is this like a Terminator thing whe ...more
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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

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

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