Paper Girls #4

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: January 6, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 13 User Reviews: 31
8.0Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

What lurks beneath the streets of Stony Stream?

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Jan 6, 2016

    Cliff Chiang and colorist Matt Wilson are a good team. The blues, purples, pink, and browns of the book create an interesting flow. The monochromatic rainbow of colors during Tiffany's flashback fit well with what they were trying to convey. That being said, this story was very cinematic and would serve well as a 1980s movie or cartoon. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry Jan 8, 2016

    Three new tracks added to my Paper Girls inspired Spotify playlist. “Time After Time” by Cyndi Lauper (1983), “Don't Believe the Hype” by Public Enemy (1988), and “Arkanoid” by Martin Galway. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Jan 7, 2016

    What's the best part of this book, aside from its inherent unpredictable weirdness? All the nostalgia of the 80s. It comes through everything from Public Enemy t-shirts to old school video games, and it constantly grounds us in this "effed up time" in a fun " and clearly socially conscious " way. Readers should appreciate that. Paper Girls is great. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Jan 7, 2016

    Paper Girls is a series you need to be reading. Theres lots of great 80s references, and it has the feel of many films from that decade, as well as modern films set during that time. Im excited to see where the series goes and hope to see even more out of this awesome cast of main characters. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Doom Rocket - Stefania Rudd Jan 11, 2016

    Paper Girls #4 allows us to embark on this crazy journey as if we were the fifth member of the group. The stakes continue to get higher (as a God-like figure is introduced in the first few pages of the book and we know he is in control of one sect of the aliens, while the other monstrous looking teen dudes have taken Erin in their space vessel and have vanished out of sight). I imagine things will progress quite nicely as the story unfolds. This is, after all, a book by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang. Expectations need not apply. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    GWW - Sarah Payne-mills Jan 14, 2016

    Paper Girls is off to a great start. Although issue 4 throws a lot at the reader and the pacing speeds up, Vaughan, Chiang, Wilson, and Fletcher have crafted something truly special that evokes a feeling of nostalgia while tying in timeless and futuristic themes. The four main characters are strong protagonists, who are each unique and compelling. I'm eager to learn more about them and the world-ending event that sent the cyborgs and warriors back in time. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    IGN - Jeff Lake Jan 7, 2016

    Vaughan's characterization feels especially distinct in this installment, and when coupled with Chiang's expertly expressive physicality and Matt Wilson's subtle yet eye-catching colors, the end result is a quartet we can't wait to see again. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Greg McElhatton Jan 11, 2016

    "Paper Girls" #4 is another strong issue from a strong new series; it's a good reminder that Vaughan's work on "Saga" isn't a fluke, nor was Chiang's run on "Wonder Woman." At this point, I'm hooked, and I bet I'm not the only one. All in all, another winner. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Jan 11, 2016

    'Paper Girls' #3 is moving fast with something dramatic happening with every issue. At each turn the stakes get higher and higher and before you know it the issue is over leaving you outraged that you have to wait another thirty days to get more. Vaughan has created literary crack as he so often does with Chang and Wilson as his accomplices. There's no way to avoid getting addicted to this weird 80's-inspired kids-in-peril sci-fi adventure. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Graphic Policy - j9 Jan 11, 2016

    Again, I like to think if I were reading a collected volume Id be more satisfied with the way things are being laid out and I think ultimately a binge-reading would be great fun (its why I always recommend buying this title in trade), but at the rate were going Im ready for some solid movement instead of the Lost-esque constant mystery-building. Thats not to say Im not enjoying the ride, however; this issue had some fun moments and an added visual punch with more greens and oranges than weve seen previously. Im definitely curious to know more about the dude in the Public Enemy shirt, known formally as Grandfather, and I love that a group of tweens are the neutral party in a war between teenagers and adults. Overall Im still on board, and looking forward to whats up next. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Graphic Policy - Patrick Healy Jan 8, 2016

    Ultimately, Paper Girls will make a fantastic hardcover collection. When read from start-to-finish, the story will feel far more fast-paced than stalling, as it does reading one issue a month. The apple/tree of knowledge theme that continues to surface will help characterize the Calamity that is mentioned in this issue, rather than seeming like a bit of strange dcor. Most importantly, it will bring to life the neon-pastel dream created by Cliff Chiang. His art in this series continues to be the most redeeming aspect of the book and warrants readers picking it up, no matter what complaints can be had with the story. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Dan Pennacchia Jan 7, 2016

    Though the overall story moves only slightly forward in this fourth issue, there are still some solid pieces with the issue. Vaughns writing is always appreciated, and even in the smallest moments, his craft makes a difference. With excellent art throughout the series and yet another strong teaser ending, Paper Girls #4 is well worth the read. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Jan 8, 2016

    As it is, there is not enough good material in Paper Girls #4 to make it a good comic but still too much to make it a bad one. Things balance out around mediocre which is a shame considering the potential. Perhaps when the first arc has wrapped up, Vaughan can slow things down and craft a more intimate, warm story, but as is, the comic is rapidly becoming a chore to read. Read Full Review

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