Released today from Image Comics is Paper Girls #1. The series created by Brian K. Vaughn (Saga) and Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman), takes us back to 1988 where we follow the story of four 12-year-old girls that have newspaper delivery routes in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. But like with many stories, things are not always as they seem.
In the first double-sized issue, we are introduced to four girls in the early hours of the morning following Halloween night in 1988. They are all out on their paper routes when they all meet after an encounter with some hoodlum teenage boys. After an exchange of words, they move on to finishing their routes, but soon come across something that defies all their logic. Eventually they are faced with something more they don’t understand and we are all left with questions at the end of the issue.
I’m trying not to give anything away here. The series is described by the creators as, “Stand By Me meets War of the Worlds.” How this will play out has me hooked after the first issue.
The Good: A great story that draws us in, along with fantastic art. It reminds me of when I was younger and out with my friends just riding our bikes around the neighborhood. Though only the first issue, this is a book I want to read more of, now!
The Bad: Too early to say anything bad really. The issue was totally enjoyable from cover to cover.
Overall, if you are a fan of movies like The Goonies, or Stand By Me, or the more recent Super 8, where the adventures of the youth take you on a voyage back in time to an era where the outside world was our playground and not the computers we sit at on a daily basis, then check out Paper Girls #1.