10/06/15 | by Marcus Orchard
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Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artists: Cliff Chiang & Matt Wilson
Brian K. Vaughan has certainly been busy this year. As if Saga and We Stand on Guard wasn’t enough, the acclaimed writer has a new series with Paper Girls #1. Accompanied by superstar artist Cliff Chiang and Matt Wilson on colors, this series has every ingredient needed to create another hit for Image Comics. Paper Girls #1 is a double issue full of diverse characters, wonderful moments, and plenty of mouthy pre-teens.
Paper Girls #1 takes place early morning after Halloween in 1988. The series follows four 12-year old girls as they work to deliver the paper to their neighborhoods. Their efforts are stifled by bullies in the streets, as well as a mysterious group of individuals that appear to be stalking their turf. The series is presented as a mystery, with an emphasis on an extraterrestrial presence.
Vaughan appears to have a firm grasp on the time period, as he makes it clear in the writing as to when and where the story takes place without resorting to any clichés. Everything here feels natural and the panels flow flawlessly from one page to the next. Everything is very well paced, with exposition balanced well with tension and a sense of discovery. The characters are just as interesting as the story and setting, with each of the girls having a distinct personality that is both familiar, yet unique. Vaughan doesn’t hold back on the dialogue, with each girl cursing excessively like most middle-school age children tend to do. At times the kids are cruel, but it never comes off as over-the-top, because there is still a great amount of personality behind each crude statement or exclamation.
It’s incredible how Vaughan consistently gets the most talented artists in the industry on board with his works. Cliff Chiang’s work in Paper Girls is both consistent and gorgeous. While the art in Wonder Woman was certainly spectacular, Chiang’s style fits the tone of this series much more, making this one of the most charming debuts in recent memory. The characters all have a fantastic amount of detail and diversity, making sure no one appears as a simple background character. Wilson’s colors truly complete the package, making the early morning sky magnificent on more than one occasion throughout the issue. Lights shine as they should and a few surreal panels have some of the most vibrant colors I’ve seen recently.
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.
Story - 9.3
Characters - 8.5
Art - 9.5
Paper Girls #1 is a wonderful debut that deserves to be read