PA­PER GIRLS

It de­liv­ers

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

RE­LEASED OUT NOW! Pub­lisher Im­age Comics Writer Brian K Vaughan Artist Cliff Chi­ang

is­sues 1-3 Hav­ing one of the big­gest re­cent suc­cesses in comics gives you free­dom to ex­per­i­ment – and Saga mas­ter­mind Brian K Vaughan is tak­ing full ad­van­tage of that fact with his new projects. Re­cent mecha minis­eries We Stand On Guard was a def­i­nite tonal swerve from Saga’s kooky crazi­ness, but his lat­est on­go­ing se­ries rep­re­sents a gen­tler change, bolt­ing colour­ful sci-fi onto a more grounded emo­tional world.

Pa­per Girls fol­lows four 12-year-old girls who are de­liv­er­ing news­pa­pers in a quiet mid­dle-Amer­i­can town when they en­counter a mys­te­ri­ous arte­fact. They then dis­cover that al­most ev­ery­body in town has van­ished, the sky has changed, and strange crea­tures now prowl the streets.

The first three is­sues are well-crafted and en­ter­tain­ing, and while this may not be quite as im­me­di­ately com­pelling an open­ing as Saga’s, the se­ries does cap­ture an in­trigu­ing, ac­ces­si­ble mix of sci-fi and hard-edged emo­tive real­ism. Vaughan’s char­ac­ter work and di­a­logue are as strong as ever, while Cliff Chi­ang’s art mixes in­ven­tive de­signs with an ex­pres­sively quirky style, making Pa­per Girls yet an­other Im­age on­go­ing se­ries that’s definitely worth your at­ten­tion. Saxon Bul­lock

Bar­rier, a new pay-what-you-want comic by Vaughan and Mar­cos Martin, is avail­able from pan­el­syn­di­cate.com.

Doesn’t look like she’s made of pa­per…

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