Paper Girls #5

Writer: Brian K. Vaughan Artist: Cliff Chiang Publisher: Image Comics Release Date: February 3, 2016 Cover Price: $2.99 Critic Reviews: 17 User Reviews: 30
7.5Critic Rating
8.4User Rating

The first arc of the smash-hit ongoing series concludes with major revelations and another game-changing cliffhanger.

Lots of answers to our major mysteries in this issue, as well as a final page that will completely transform the book's status quo before our series's first regularly planned hiatus.

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Amani Cooper Feb 17, 2016

    If you thought the apocalypse ushered in by time traveling soldiers was an adventure, just wait until this story unfolds. Even though we are at issue #5, so many things have happened, but so many things are about to happen. Brian K Vaughn really knows how to excite his audience. Just when you thin things have almost gotten itself together, there's more exciting new obstacles. Cliff Chiang's art on this book is so great. Paired with colorist, Matt Wilson, make me hopeful that the creative team will not change. There is a bit of a Back to the Future feel in this book, but I am loving it. Read Full Review

  • 10
    PopOptiq - Erin Perry Feb 5, 2016

    Kudos to Cliff Chiang for attending to detail so authentically that I can determine exact generations of Apple tech or models of car. The ability to read the clues in the illustrations is crucial to both understanding and enjoyment. A large part of my satisfaction at the end of the arc was due to having accurately predicted key twists. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Feb 7, 2016

    Strange, but highly recommended! Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Flickering Myth - Zeb Larson Feb 4, 2016

    I'm digging the direction this very unusual book has taken. The girls may not be in Time Bandits quite yet, but they're headed in that direction. Now they have to figure out where KJ went, and what they're doing in the future. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Feb 4, 2016

    Paper Girls wraps up it's first arc well, despite the mysteries of the book largely being no clearer than they were from the start. I have no idea where the story is going with the second arc, and that genuinely excites me. The first five issues are being collected as a trade paperback from Image, due to come out on April 13th. If you can't track down the single issues, either check out the trade or grab the issues through your digital comics app! Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Multiversity Comics - Michelle White Feb 8, 2016

    A fun and stylish adventure with staying power. Read Full Review

  • 8.3
    IGN - Jeff Lake Feb 4, 2016

    It looks to be a whole new world (literally) when Paper Girls returns and the stakes "not to mention our interest " has never been higher. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Allen Thomas Feb 4, 2016

    Im definitely invested in this story, but while Paper Girls #5 had a lot of action, it didnt seem to hit me quite like I expected. Im excited to see where it goes and how things develop, especially with the last page reveal. Theres a lot of promise in this story, and I want to see how things change as we get to see more of the main characters and the people and creatures they come across. Read Full Review

  • 7.2
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Feb 5, 2016

    What are we talking about here? When it comes to the mystery I really don't know, but that's really not the point. The fact this issue made me, for the first time, not care very much " that's the point. And thought that's usually disconcerting as a fan, this is a Hall of Famer we're talking about, and I'm not very worried. There won't be two bad games in a row, and if this is the lowest this series gets, it's a damn great series to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AIPT - Patrick Hellen Feb 4, 2016

    The writing is still funny, like the slang in the future above, but I feel like I've seen this before and I'm hoping that each issue can shed a little more light on what's going on. Instead it gives us a tiny taste of more info, and then adds even more mystery on top. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Major Spoilers - David Luzader Feb 4, 2016

    The first storyline has been really interesting, but the ending doesnt quite live up Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Wednesday Comics - Marvin Salguero Feb 8, 2016

    Our heroes are fleshed out, however we don't have any meaningful antagonist or even anything pushing against our heroes. We had Heck and Naldo, who turned out to be good so started helping the girls. We had Erin getting shot, but Heck and Naldo could cure that right away. We had the Cardinal fighting the girls, but she was taken out right away by her own weapon. Now we have the Grand Father, who hopefully can turn out to be a some sort of threat to our heroes. Erin does also referred to him as the Tree of Knowledge, so hopefully he'll bring us onto a course of getting more answers than questions. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Spartantown - Enrique Rea Feb 6, 2016

    We may expect too much from such a talented group of comic book creatives. We've become accustomed to being wowed with every new title. When things like character development stalls and motives become unclear it can be a little jarring to see titans of the industry falter a little bit. Yet, 'Paper Girls' offers a series-saving twist as its cliffhanger and the book is still a fun ride as long as you don't ask where you're going or why. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 8, 2016

    Chiang's artwork is still a draw, especially in the dramatic moments that call for some visual spectacle, but "Paper Girls" #5 is showing the strain of a series that has been guilty of focusing too much on concept over emotional depth and characterization. The next arc may be better once the girls must deal with their new setting together. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Graphic Policy - j9 Feb 5, 2016

    While theres a lot of action through these first five issues, I dont actually feel like theres a whole lot at stake while reading it. Although characters Ive liked have died, I didnt get to spend enough time with them to really feel the loss. The characters that are still plugging along are entertaining and interesting, but not what Id call solid. Each issue is a fun read, but at this point Id expect a deeper emotional investment which has yet to come to fruition. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    All-Comic - Lido Giovacchini Feb 8, 2016

    There is still very much the flicker of a greater idea emerging around the edges of Paper Girls, but it is trapped under the byzantine plot and the heavy emphasis on the artifice of genre rather than depth of story. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    Comic Bastards - Asa Giannini Feb 5, 2016

    The twist on the final pages of 'Paper Girls' is a doozy, thrusting the book into a brand new setting with entirely different stakes. But having never understood or cared much about the previous chunk of the story, it's hard to see this issue as anything but a good jumping off point. Read Full Review

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