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Paper Girls #1

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: October 7, 2015 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 28 User Reviews: 58
9.1Critic Rating
8.7User Rating

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.  Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds in this mysterious young adult adventure, starting with a spectacular DOUBLE-SIZED FIRST ISSUE for the regular price of just $2.99!

  • 10
    Comic Bastards - Allen Wiggs Oct 7, 2015

    This comic is great. It looks amazing from the cover all the way through the back. The story is interesting and breezes by even though it is longer than a normal issue. Vaughan continues to write believable characters in unique worlds and leaves us on a cliffhanger that will have you demanding to know what happens next yet having it all feel organic. Paper Girls is a unique title and concept for an amazing book, which will soon become your new favorite. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Oct 8, 2015

    Paper Girls is the culmination of three master craftsmen at the height of their talents telling a character-drivenstory with unexpected twists. This oversized first issue is a bargain at twice the price. The series defies usual comic book conventions with no capes in sight or category to fit them in. It's simply a good tale told with perfection. With issue one, Vaughan, Chiang, and Wilson have conjured up a story that can go anywhere with characters that matter in a beautifully organic way. If this doesn't describe a classic in the making I don't know what does. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics Recap - Jeremy Bauer Oct 9, 2015

    “Paper Girls” #1 comes out of the gate as a strong addition to the Image Comics catalog, and ends with plenty of questions readers will look forward to issue #2 answering. I'm intrigued to see where these paper girls go, and to see how they react to their lives and their world changing. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comix I Read - Kyle Pitman Oct 11, 2015

    Paper Girls #1 is a fantastic young kids' adventure story for the Halloween season. With great art and solid storytelling, it'll provide to the perfect throwback to it's influences: the movies you grew up with. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry Oct 9, 2015

    Kudos to Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matt Wilson for creating one of the best first issues of a series Ive read. Im engaged with all aspects: characters, story, and art, and Im anxiously anticipating further reveals of both the girls lives and personalities and the strange science fiction elements. This is just the tip of the Cronenbergian Tardis in the unfinished basement; it's much bigger on the inside. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Spectrum - Al Sparrow Nov 10, 2015

    Paper Girls focuses on a group of young girls who each have paper routes, and along the way there's a time machine doohickey, some grotesque ninja-looking things, Satan shows up in the first few pages and"look, what do you want from me? It's a Brian K. Vaughan book and nothing's going to make complete sense in the first issue, even if it has more pages than your standard-sized comic! It's also got characters I immediately liked and wanted to know more about, villains that gave me the creeps, and a storyline that's paced so utterly perfectly I wish I had my copy of #2 now instead of when I get my shipment in several more weeks" Maybe I should get some paper girls to deliver my copy as soon as it comes out! Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 7, 2015

    PAPER GIRLS is jammed with a special kind of innocence but doesn't shy away some slightly mature themes. You'll be hooked from the beginning. The fact that it's an oversized first issue for only $2.99 will make you feel like it's your birthday. This is a great start to a new series. I may not know what's coming up but I know I'm going to love every minute of it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Multiversity Comics - Keith Dooley Oct 8, 2015

    "Paper Girls" #1 is not only one of the best issues of the year, but could possibly be the best debut of the year so far. The premise may seem unconventional and unexciting, yet Vaughn, Chiang, and Wilson defy us to not be entranced by these characters residing in 1988 Cleveland. There are reveals and an ending to this issue that are pregnant with endless possibilities and an array of possible combinations of genres. You'll be charmed and riveted from the first panels to the final splash page. Read Full Review

  • 10
    ComicBuzz - CoTee Oct 15, 2015

    This incredible first issue has set the bar high for future issues. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Comicsverse - Alex Nader Oct 7, 2015

    This was a huge week for comics. Marvel released a load of new issues, DC started BATMAN & ROBIN ETERNAL, Valiant started a new arc in IMPERIUM (review coming shortly!), but I feel confident in saying that this is the best of the week"and not just because I'm reviewing it! Go out there, buy PAPER GIRLS. Tell your friends to buy PAPER GIRLS. Buy extra copies and force your friends to read PAPER GIRLS! It's for everyone! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Oct 8, 2015

    It's hard to say much more given that there's a lot of ambiguity woven into all of this. All I can say is that I'm stoked for #2. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - Nikki Sherman Oct 7, 2015

    Paper Girls #1 puts you on the back seat of the characters' bikes for a wild ride into the strange. While it may not be the most hard-hitting first issues on the stands, it's definitely one of the best-looking. If the plot doesn't quite appeal to you, consider checking this out for some of the best art in comics today.Paper Girls is imaginative, alluring, and heart-stoppingly gorgeous. Don't wait for this book to land on your doorstep; grab it from the stands as soon as possible. Read Full Review

  • 9.4
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Nov 9, 2015

    Paper Girls #1 does a great job of hooking you into the story and introducing our four characters rather seamlessly. The story leaves enough to question that readers might not know what to make of it yet, as it basically covers a fairly short hour of what mostly appears to be a typical morning for the girls. That is, until things get weird enough to make you wonder what kind of comic we're getting here. Until we find out, the character development is a welcome distraction, with a team of four girls who will have every reader trying to pick their favorite. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    The Latest Pull - Marcus Orchard Oct 6, 2015

    Paper Girls is off to a fantastic start, utilizing a great setting with wonderful characters and nearly flawless art. The final page leads to intrigue, and the series seems to be heading in the right direction. This is a must-read debut. Go read it. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Oct 7, 2015

    Overall, this is one of the better set-the-stage first issues I've read in a long time. I've got a review issue right here, and I called my comic guy to make sure he puts this in my subscription box immediately. Highly recommended. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Stash My Comics - Alan Martin Oct 14, 2015

    Paper girls #1 delivered a great, unique script, which is exactly what I expected from Vaughan. It opened with intrigue and kept my interest with attitude and more curiosity. Wonder Woman artist Cliff Chiang does an excellent job as well. His pencils look great and fit the story very well. He captures expression better than most artists and he focuses on background detail to really give you a full picture in almost every panel. Matt Wilson did the colors and while I'm not very familiar with his work I must say that he compliments Chiang's pencils beautifully. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Outright Geekery - Gaumer Oct 7, 2015

    While 'Paper Girls' #1 hangs much of its worth on presenting questions without giving many answers, there's a lot of potential of this series to become yet another example of BKV's expertise, and I'm definitely on board for at least another issue. The characters and setting, however, were delivered with such skill that it's nigh impossible to deem this issue as anything else but spectacular debut issue. If the crux of this book's plot stems from nothing more than a series of mysteries, however, there may not be enough ground to cover to really get readers as dedicated to this series as they are for other series, like SAGA. No, this isn't SAGA, but it's another quality comic book from Brian K. Vaughan that you should be reading. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - j9 Oct 21, 2015

    Other reviews Ive read have described Paper Girls as Stand by Me meets War of the Worlds, but if I were pressed to compare it to something at this point, Id be more tempted to invoke the film Repo Man for the mix of sci-fi mystery and punk attitude. However, while Paper Girls is heavy on the angst and grit, it goes lighter on the comedic snark and campiness than its cinematic predecessor. Its hard for me to praise this pilot issue without wandering into spoiler territory, but the characters are an admirable pack of sharp young women who are actively trying to integrate their school smarts with street smarts and I look forward to seeing how they develop as the series grows. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 10, 2015

    "Paper Girls" is a great first issue. The story moves quickly through the forty-page comic book. The opening issue introduces the four paper girls and puts them into a couple of crazy situations by the end of the issue. The artwork is very strong as it sets a great mood and provides a lot of creative details on some of the strange elements. The minor drawback is that I found the four girls to all have the same voice by the issue's end. There just wasn't enough dialogue to define them uniquely. This is a great comic to pick up this week. I highly recommend this comic. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    IGN - Jeff Lake Oct 8, 2015

    Paper Girls is a great read from top to bottom, driven by the assured characterization of its central leads. Vaughan's pacing allows for immediate investment, something Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson further with their excellent art. While the book's sci-if leanings aren't yet as strong as the rest of the piece, there's more than enough here to get you excited for what's to come. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Pop Break - Marisa Carpico Oct 15, 2015

    Vaughan is smart enough to set up relationships and mystery, but not tell us reveal too much about where the story is going. It's a great beginningexcept the last image. With one splash page, Vaughan brings the story crashing back to pedestrian old Earth. Maybe in the long run, this thing that's revealedthat means so much to the reader and absolutely nothing to the titular paper girlswill turn into something really interesting and unique. But right now, it feels like a cheap meta joke ended an otherwise strong sci-fi set up on a sour note. Read Full Review

  • 9.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 6, 2015

    This intense level of attention, from the script to Chiang's pencils to the cool colors that envelop this night time adventure, is what ensures Paper Girls #1 is a personal experience. No matter how big the concept behind this series may be, it is always and on every level the story of four young women. They are heart that pumps life into the humor, mystery, and strangeness of this issue. Even when the final page comes, and Vaughan once again proves his skill at cliff hangers, they are the reason you will return. And based on Paper Girls #1, many of us will be returning to this comic for years and years and years. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    PopMatters - Matthew Fay Oct 16, 2015

    The always colorful and expressive artwork by Cliff Chiang creates a proper balance of realism and psychedelics, permitting the girls to feel grounded even in an impossible scenario. Ultimately, Paper Girls #1 sets up a story that has promise as a new addition to an enjoyably nostalgic genre. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Oct 12, 2015

    The cliffhanger is both surprising and funny, but mostly I look forward to seeing more of these characters. Vaughan and Chiang are a dream team combination, and "Paper Girls" looks like it's going to be another winner for both of them. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Andrew McGlinn Oct 6, 2015

    The script may be young adult, but the story I think will satisfy all ages and the art suits the genre perfectly. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Oct 7, 2015

    There is certainly a sharp turn taken in the last act of Paper Girls #1. With a strong character center, the book heads off in a direction that is somewhat opaque. Though it remains to be seen just what the final moments mean, the creators have so much quality in their approach to world building and character development that even the most skeptical of readers should likely need to see what comes next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Oct 7, 2015

    The look of Paper Girls will draw you in. The familiar feel of the story will pique keep you turning the pages but the characters will get you hooked. Paper Girls is a book that's indebted to what has come before it but arguably, you can say that about all of BKV's best work. He's a master of remixing stories that we take for granted as a known commodity. Time will tell if this book blows up to be a big a phenomenon as Saga or Y: The Last Man, but it certainly has the DNA to make people pay attention. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Danny Wall Oct 17, 2015

    The $2.99 price tag also makes for a great sell for a 40 page comic. The youthful and female-centered cast may appeal to young readers, too, but it should be noted that the strong language and acknowledgement of the rougher edges of life make it a strong PG-13 rating. Read Full Review

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