Paper Girls, Vol 1
Author: Brian K. Vaughan
In the early morning following Halloween 1988, a group of newspaper delivery girls find that they’re the only survivors of a mysterious event that caused everyone in town to disappear. Pursued by people riding strange winged beasts, the girls strive to survive long enough to figure out what happened.
I went into “Paper Girls” rather blind, only knowing that it was set in the 80’s and that it was going to be a little weird. Since I like weird things and the 80’s, I figured this would be right up my alley.
On the surface, this is a quirky story following a group of pre-teen girls as they try to figure out if the rapture has come or if aliens are invading. However, if you take a closer look, there’s quite a bit of depth to the story. The girls are all very different and come from a variety of backgrounds. I loved how Vaughan was able to say so much about each of their home-lives without having to do a major exposition dump.
At it’s heart, this is a story about growing up. We’ve got a group of girls on the edge of becoming teenagers, rebel teenagers, and organized adults led by a Big Lebowski looking god character. While I enjoyed the quirkiness, it felt a little clichéd to make the grown-ups enforcer figures and teenagers a rebel sect in a dystopian setting.
Despite this, I still enjoyed the story and will be keeping an eye out for future volumes at the library. This is definitely worth a read through if you’re in the mood for something a little strange that plays subtle homage to 80’s movies like Monster Squad.