Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1) by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.Collects Paper Girls #1-5.

Details Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)

TitlePaper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)
Release DateApr 5th, 2016
PublisherImage Comics
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Comics, Science Fiction, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics

Reviews Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)

  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    Heh, I thought this novel was awesome! I felt like I fell down the rabbit hole on this one 😄It doesn't have a lot of great reviews but it was good enough for me. I loved all of the old school stuff, the graphics, Halloween night, crazy time travelers
  • karen
    congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!three stars with room to grow. while impatiently waiting for more installments of saga to come out, i decided to check out this other brian k. vaughan book, because i liked the cover, the synopsis promised me plucky girls, 80's references, and this right here is how you get my attention:Suburban drama and supernatural mysteries collide in this smash-hit series ...
  • Nat
    I needed something to take my mind off of the fact that I just finished watching all 9 seasons of The Office and Paper Girls did just that.It’s a compelling storyline with amazing artwork that had me right from the beginning.I was, however, confused a few times because the storyline moved a little too fast.And I wanted more of a backstory to the characters, mainly on Mackenzie “Mac” and her group. This graphic novel jumps right into the mai...
  • Anne
    Heh. I'm a full-on idiot. I (because reading the blurb is for losers!) thought that the title was some kind of catchy metaphorical shit. Like, they were girls whose young emotions were as thin as paper. Or instead of paper dolls they were paper girls. You know, something along those lines.For some reason, it never occurred to me that this was about a bunch of girls with a paper route. Probably because that one chick on the cover has a cig danglin...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    As a lover of the "Sci Fi weirdness hits a group of kids" trope (big fan of Super 8 and Stranger Things over here) this was AWESOME! On top of the interesting storyline, the art was absolutely killer, and the colouring was maybe even my favorite part of the whole thing! Back to the plot though; I really like how there are still a ton of questions left unanswered, but you're not left completely in the dark after finishing this first volume. The en...
  • Jan Philipzig
    LOVED the first issue (no surprise there, first issues are a Vaughan specialty), the late 80s setting, Chiang's clean and subtle artwork, Wilson's neon-drenched coloring, the lively, primarily female cast, the snappy yet realistic dialogue – loved it all so much I got a little dizzy early on. Then came the disfigured teenagers from the future, the dinosaurs, the weird language, the Apple dude - and I got a bit confused. Which was the idea, I gu...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at:, this one had A LOT of stuff going on. Buckle up, kids, and I’ll take you on a crazy acid trip explain things . . . sort of.Our story begins in the wee hours of Halloween when noob Erin is being accosted by local hooligan Freddie Krueger while attempting to complete her paper route. Luckily for Erin, the other paper girls have already hit the streets and appear just in time to sav...
  • Saania Zee Jamal ϟ
    LOOK AT THAT BEAUTY. SO PLEASING, SO PROMISING.But agh.Mr. Vaughan, I'm afraid you've set the bar way too high after Saga. While Paper Girls certainly stands out in the world of comics, with a vibrant spectacle of colours and rich atmosphere, it definitely isn't the best this man's got to offer.Other than lack of a smooth-running plot, this story's fallout lay in its dialogue for me. And by that I mean the fact that nearly 20% of it is either in ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Update, June, 2017: I reread this once again for my summer class on YA comics with a focus on girls. Having read the existing subsequent volumes, I like this crazy first volume even more than I originally did! June, 2016: I just read this for the first time in March 2016, and reread it again for my summer YA GN class. One woman in class said she liked it better than Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1, (G. Willow Wilson version) because the girls in this story sw...
  • Whitney Atkinson
    TW: homophobia (+ usage of word f****t), suicide attemptThis book was just so genius. The best way I can describe it is Saga meets Stranger Things. I loved the concept of a girl squad running around to solve the world's issues. I loved the sass, the artwork, the clothing and the vibe of the entire book. I love each girl in the group for their own reasons, and I didn't find myself thinking, "wait, who is this person?" like I usually do in graphic ...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    Actual Rating: 2.5 StarsSo... not amazing, unfortunately. In fact the only thing I super loved about this was the illustrations. It's a little difficult for me not to compare this to Vaughn's other ongoing series Saga, which had me hooked from the very first installment. This was was very okay.Vol. 1 could've benefitted from being a bit longer, providing a little more depth of plot and characterization. I was really feeling a young, diverse femal...
  • HFK
    I am starting to get tiny bit worried of Vaughan being a one timer for me as so far I have only enjoyed of his Saga series that is an absolute stunner. That is two out, one in according to my highly messed up records. Hmmm. I do like the art in Paper Girls because it supports the 80's setting, and the scifi-time travelling theme it seems to be promising in the near future, but awwww, I just did not feel it in my soul. The youngster characterizati...
  • Philip
    4ish stars.A cool first volume, not at all what I expected, but in a good way. The plot is honestly kind of wacky. Weird dinosaurs and time/space travelers, maybe? I honestly didn't know what was going on like 60% of the time, but strangely it didn't bug me... There's a Stranger Things vibe with the 80s setting and the kid protagonists. The Paper Girls themselves are awfully mature for their what- 12ish years? I had a hard time buying their ages....
  • Josu Grilli
    Enamorado estoy. Enamorado.Me topé por pura casualidad con las aventuras de este grupo de chicas y tuve que comprar el primer volumen. Ahora mismo necesito el segundo, ¡es que vaya final! Si os gustó Stranger Things y os mola el rollo urban fantasy con mucha ciencia ficción es perfecto.No quiero desvelar muchos detalles de la trama porque hay muchos giros y sería spoiler, pero quiero comentar brevemente que las protagonistas son maravillosas...
  • Hannah
    I am in two minds about this graphic novel - I really enjoyed the story told and I see great potential for the future of this series, but at the same time the art left me mainly unimpressed.This is the story of four paper girls who are on their early morning route when weird things start happening. To be perfectly honest, I don't have everything figured out just yet but the little clues scattered throughout this volume have me highly intrigued an...
  • Sam Quixote
    Small town America, 1988, and it’s the very early morning after Halloween. Four newspaper girls out delivering see black hooded figures skulking around the neighbourhood and discover a flying saucer in a basement. Then everyone disappears like it’s the goldurn Rapture and pterodactyls are appearing in the skies! Did someone say armour-wearing Rastafarians? And look - a flying ball of stuff that makes you relive your entire life! Makes sense t...
  • Lola Reviewer
    This is even stranger than Stranger Things.And definitely stranger than the Saga comic book series, from the same author shall I add. Those of you who have read that series know that the world-building is complex and the characters are many, and still, it’s easy to follow and make connections. But Paper Girls is a whole other story. From what I understood, there are four girls involved in some kind of discovery that has altered the planet Earth...
  • Kai
    "Why is God letting this happen to me?"I loved Paper Girls. Not as fantastic as Saga, way more intruiging than Ex Machina, this graphic novel is a stunning work of art.I can't really believe that our paper girls are 12 years old (they look at least 14, possibly 16), but apart from that I enjoyed the story. Can't wait to see more.Find more of my books on Instagram
  • Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨
    My favorite series by Vaughan so far is the Marvel Runaways (see Runaways, Vol. 1: Pride and Joy for a good start) series. I like Saga a lot, but it has been uneven for me. I DNF'd Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1: Unmanned series around volume 3. I wasn't sure what to expect with this. I found it mainly meh. It has potential with the aliens and time travel. I like the 80s vibe. I don't know. Just didn't connect with it. None of the characters stood out t...
  • Sadie | sadie_reads_them_all
    I picked this up in a whim at the library today. I have seen a lot of friends of mine on Instagram reading it so I thought I’d give it a shot.SO MUCH FUN!!My only complaint is that the story is a little bit rushed, I’d like some time to let each girl get their own character development backstory or something just so it’s easier to distinguish between a few of the minor character girls. I love the story though! And set in the late 80s and th...
  • Mariah
    *3.5 Stars*I am always trying to read graphic novels because that is what my students "read" and by read I mean they love looking at the pictures. (I teach high school students with intellectual disabilities).This book was interesting enough and I chose it for the A Book for All Seasons goodreads' book club. I hope to read the whole series and see what happen to the girls. I would have rated this book higher but there were times in the graphic no...
  • Tatiana
    Not as confusing as I expected it to be. Pretty interesting, actually. Now I hope this series won't be so long that it loses my interest after a couple of volumes.
  • Lotte
    Finished 2016 with a graphic novel and started 2017 with one. Loved the art style and especially the colouring of this! It reminded me of a more science fiction-y Stranger Things full of 80s nostalgia. Definitely recommend this!
  • Jillian (bookishandnerdy)
    *read as single issues*What I liked:1. The art! The coloring is vibrant and brilliant. It fits the tone and mood of the story. I love the illustration style as well!2. The characters! I love that the main characters are 4 girls who don't take anyone's shit basically.3. The plot! Interesting, crazy, and the ending left me wanting the next issue (doesn't come out till JUNE WHYYYY) so badlyWhat I didn't like (or just kinda bothered me):1. The plot! ...
  • Ashley Brooks
    This was pretty weird, so naturally I loved it.The art and color palette were super appealing, and I'm left feeling slightly confused which I'm actually OK with in this situation. I want more.Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy for review.
  • Kate (GirlReading)
    I'm not entirely sure what I just read but I know I thoroughly enjoyed it. With a badass girl gang, gorgeous art work and colours and a bizarre storyline with a stranger things vibe, what's not to love? I'm super intrigued by the whole time travel element and that cliffhanger ending has me desperate to continue with this series. There were a few problematic pieces of dialogue (tw homophobia) due to the time period in which it's set but I was glad...
  • Jana
    im not quite into this, to be honest. it's just weird and i don't quite get how much hype it gets, as outside of the sci-fi part of it, it's so deeply rooted in clichés. apart from that im also mainly done with the whole 'lets use a random language no one understands! bcs thats easier aint it'.also v cool man, having twelve yr old girls smoking
  • Donovan
    PAPER GIRLS is RADICAL. It's a neon futuristic fantasy with allegory undertones. But what I love the most is its deceptive storytelling.It's the 80s. It's a big deal for Erin, Mac, Tiff and KJ to be PAPER GIRLS. It's November 1st and creepy teenage boys are lurking about in Halloween masks. Then Tiff's CB radio which she saved up forever for is stolen by some ninjas. The main plot gets very weird and cool and fantasy really fast as Vaughan is kno...
  • Ashley Metzger
    This had a very "The Woods" meets "Morning Glories" meets Brian K Vaughan feel for me and I adored it. I think it will get better as it goes on, for sure, but I'm pleased for now!