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…