Graphic Novel Review: Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang (illustrator), Matthew Wilson (illustrator)
Series: Paper Girls #1-5
Published by Image Comics on April 5, 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Science Fiction, Comics
Pages: 144 : e-book edition
Source: Received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review (via NetGalley)
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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.

My first thought when I finished reading this was “WOAH. That went a little fast.” And this can be seen as both a good and a bad thing. I like that the story didn’t drag out and moved along, but it also moved at a pace that was just a bit too fast for me. I wanted it to slow down and show me more of what was going on.

That being said, I think it was an okay set up for what seems like is going to be a really cool series. I anticipate liking the next compilation of variants to be better since they’ll be able to dive more into the nitty gritty of what is going on in and have more world/character building.

I’ll admit, I do have a soft spot for Brian K. Vaughan’s works (especially Saga) so that was what originally pulled me in to this series, but the artwork is also incredible and very 80’s. Radical. I mean look at that cover! Those girls look awesome!

Speaking of the girls, they were all a tad underdeveloped, but again, I think with time they’ll be able to show how awesome they are in their own way. Not to mention that each of them seem to have their own skill set and capabilities/knowledge that disallows them from falling into the tropes of so many comic girls I see. They’re not simpering ladies waiting for someone to save them. They take charge and do what they can (all at 12 years old!).

Overall, I gave it a three out of five stars. The pacing and lack of development in some areas bothered me, but the art and dialogue made up for that. I’m excited to read the next one!

Mara, Vol. 1-6 by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle

Mara, Vol. 1-6 by Brian Wood and Ming Doyle
Series: Mara
Published by Image Comics on November 12, 2013
Genres: Science Fiction, Dystopian
Pages: 158 : Paperback edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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GIRL vs. THE WORLD

A gifted athlete and a mega-celebrity, Mara Prince is a global brand and the most famous girl alive. But when she starts to manifest superhuman traits, her world starts to crumble around her.

Pursued by armies and governments, dropped by friends and sponsors, and dragged through the media, Mara Prince rebels. Rejecting those who’d reject her, she embarks on a global action to let all of humanity know: she won’t sit down and shut up.

Collects MARA #1-6

A lot of people may not know this but over the past year I have become a HUGE fan of the Image Comics publishing company. Most of their series’ have been right up my alley and all have the same kind of art style that I like to look for (i.e. Alex + Ada, Saga, etc). So, when I saw this at my library, I picked it up on a whim, hoping it would be like the other comics I have read from Image previously.

And I was so right. I mean take a look at the cover alone, it’s gorgeous. She looks like such a kick-ass female character (because she totally is) and the coloring reminded me of some Marvel comics that I have flipped through. Best of both worlds right? Right!

The story pulled me in from page one. We’re thrown into this futuristic world where the athletes reign supreme and pull the nation, and subsequently, the world, together since it’s being torn apart by war. The wars and why they were going on was a little underdeveloped, so I would have liked to see more background on that, but the basic point that war was going on and had changed society in drastic ways (children leave their parents at age seven or ten I believe).

Mara herself is such a cool character. I really like seeing diversity in comics, since it’s not something I’m exposed to that often in regular fiction novels (though this has been changing recently and that’s SUPER cool). She’s an African American female lead who suddenly develops super powers and goes through the process of learning about them and trying to escape governmental control of her mind and body. What’s not to love?

I hope the series does continue on since there were a ton of loose ends that didn’t get tied up, but if it doesn’t I think I can deal with the place that it was left in. A great story and quick read if you’re interested in female superheroes!

Free Comic Book Day Haul

This post is SUPER late, but I wanted to show off everything that I got on Free Comic Book Day! It was such a fun experience and my friend and I spent a good 2 to 3 hours exploring the store and spending way too much money. At the store we went too, each person got 3 free, then for each $10 spent, you could get one more. I got a total of 6 free one’s and those are the following:

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All of the graphic novels were 60% off so here are the two that I got:

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And the rest of the comics were 50% off so here’s all of the other one’s I got!

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Overall, such a fun day and I can’t wait to read all of these as soon as school gets out!

(Bonus! I didn’t buy these on Free Comic Book Day, but I did buy them a week prior and felt they were worth mentioning)

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