Review: Paper Girls: The Complete Story

Author: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Cliff Chiang
Colorist: Matt Wilson
Publisher: Image Comics
Released: November 2, 2021
Received: Edelweiss

As you might imagine, Paper Girls: The Complete Story is a massive graphic novel. It compiles all six volumes of the story into one, letting readers easily binge through the whole thing. It’s actually rather quite timely, given the announcement that The Paper Girls will get turned into an Amazon TV series (is it out yet??? Pretty, please?)

The Paper Girls are exactly what they sound like – a group of Paper Girls that started the day off by getting their daily deliveries done. Unfortunately, the day took a turn from that point onward. And before you know it, they’ve found themselves embroiled in a timewar of epic proportions. The generations have taken a stance against one another, and our Paper Girls are stuck in the middle of the whole mess.

The series has been a fun read, from start to finish. The characters are spunky and dynamic, the plot has been fascinating and harrowing, and the artwork exceptional. So I’m going to be sad to see this one go – while being happy to finally know how it all ends.

Paper Girls is so entwined in times that the story is occasionally told in a nonlinear fashion. Which considering that this series is essentially Chaos Theory in a nutshell, is pretty perfect. Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man, Saga, Runaways) and Cliff Chiang (Human Target, Beware the Creeper, Wonder Woman) bring this crazy and chaotic time-traveling world to life.

Right from the start, Paper Girls has shown us what a series can do when it’s not afraid to take on the grittier side of time travel. This is not a polished and bubbly series. Instead, it shows us some of the darkest sides that can form when people begin messing with the timestream.

The other amazing element from this series has to be the main characters. Our Paper Girls are strong, independent, and oh so fierce. And while each one of them is a force of her own, there’s no doubt that these girls work wonderfully as a team.

For the record, this is not my first time reading the series. I read each issue as they came out and then each volume as they came out. Naturally, I couldn’t resist reading the whole compilation when it was made available! Realistically, I’ll re-read the series again before the television series comes out.

Thanks to Image Comics and #Edelweiss for making this book available for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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