The only way I can think to describe Paper Girls is an all-girl version of Stranger Things mixed with a bit of Saga. You can definitely tell that Brian K. Vaughan is the writer of this series because it’s so reminiscent of Saga (which I adore). I loved the girls and their interactions. Their reactions to the “what the hell” moments scattered in this story were super realistic because what the hell actually did happen in this story? I have no idea.
One thing I did have a problem with was the homophobic remarks, but they were challenged by the other characters. I understand the story takes place in the 80s, and there was a different vernacular of the time, but it still made me uncomfortable to read. Speaking of the 80s, I loved the setting. It was really interesting to see things I recognized from both eras since the book dealt with time travel as well.
Overall, it was definitely interesting, and I’ll pick up volume two to see if it gets even better.
I have to agree with Katie. Paper Girls felt a lot like a girls-only version of Stranger Things or a tame, PG-13 version of Saga. Brian K. Vaughan has a very distinct style when it comes to fantasy. You can see remnants of his other works in Paper Girls, which I appreciate since I seriously love Saga.
For me, I really loved the storyline. After finishing this first volume we still have no idea what the hell is going on or who to trust, which just makes me want to keep reading. Again, I have to agree with Katie that everyone’s reactions during this shit show seem very realistic, despite the absurdity of it all.
Just as good as the writing are the illustrations. Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson do an amazing job at bringing Vaughan’s story into focus. Every character or people group from other parts of the world…galaxy…time… I still don’t know yet, is completely individual. They just look like their personalities would suggest. I don’t know if that makes sense, but it does to me.
Overall, I do enjoy what I’ve read so far, so I’m interested to see what the next installment has to offer.