Here we are once again continuing the epic saga that is Paper Girls, the timey wimey, Stranger Things-esq comic. If the cover on this issue doesn’t make you want to read Paper Girls then I’m afraid we just can’t be friends. Throughout this issue we get some explanations of what is going on, but as always more questions arise out of this.
This issue has the perfect mix of action and storytelling, making you turn each page with fervor and before you know it you’re at the end. All of the girls finally meet up again, well minus KJ, and some new rifts begin to form between the girls and the Erin trio. Along the way we learn a bit more about “The Old-Timers”, see an awesome airship, get to see Erin’s sister Missy, and a rather large maggot which is dispatched with a broken hockey stick. All of this wraps up with future Erin opening up a time portal to the future.
With this series only being 9 issues in the world building is already unmatched. I care for all of these characters and can’t wait to see where this time traveling adventure goes, establishing so much in such a small amount of time. Vaughn has mastered slow burn storytelling, giving us just enough to want more but never letting the cat out of the bag.
Another key to the Paper Girls success is the attention to detail and hints into the world that it is building. Take issue #3 for example, there was a lot of alien text in there where two future characters talked to each other in symbols, little did I know the internet had cracked that. That’s right, the text I assumed was just gibberish was actually a cipher that was intentional, you can see the full write up on that here. Small things like this show how detail oriented this team is and why so many of us are such huge fans of what they are doing.
Vaughn’s writing is just a pleasure to read, paired with Chaing’s pencils and Wilson’s colors and you have one of the best teams in comics today. In particular the full two page spread of the airship is simply gorgeous. It is no mistake that this book took home two Eisners for Best New Series and Best Penciller/Inker or Penciller/Inker Team. So here is to another long month wait for #10, do yourself a favor and go pickup this series.
9 / 10
Reviewed by Tim Montoya Paper Girls #9 Written by Brian K. Vaughn Art by Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher, Dee Cunniffe Published by Image Release Date: September 7th, 2016