The day is November 1, 1988. Erin Tieng is heading out the door before the sun comes out to get to work.
Her job is with The Cleveland Preserver, and she delivers newspapers in her town of Stony Stream, Ohio. Things seem to be going fine for Erin, until she gets harassed by a couple of teenagers still out from Halloween. But, she is helped by fellow paper girls, Mac, KJ, and Tiffany. Mac is definitely the leader of the three, being the one to actually get the boys to leave Erin alone.
The three girls decided beforehand to run their routes together on Halloween night the year before because of the all the “crazies” out that night. They let Erin join them and split up to get the routes done quicker, and Erin teams with Mac. While separated, the others get ambushed by what they call teenagers in bad ghost costumes, who end up stealing their walkie talkie. Mac and Erin having received the call for help before they stole the walkie talkie show up and then, they try and follow them. The girls end up in a new housing development, go into a house’s basement, and find a mysterious machine that is emitting a strange hum. While they are examining it, there is a strange light and their flashlight goes dead. They run out of the house to get away from what they think might be some sort of bomb, to see that all the street lights have gone out and the sky has changed dramatically. The girls are attacked by the “ghosts” again. But this time, one of them pulls the mask off of one of them to reveal a disfigured face. Tiffany ends up hitting him in the back, and he runs off, leaving them alone again, but he left something behind: a small device with a strange logo on the back.
The creative team behind Paper Girls is writer Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and artist Cliff Chiang (Wonder Woman). Vaughan is able to bring these four 12-year-old Ohio girls to life with his believable and witty dialogue. However, with the rating of 17+ years and up, there is some language not suitable for younger readers. Chiang’s art is spectacular; his ability to bring the mundane and the surreal out in each panel will delight any reader of this book. This is only the beginning of the Paper Girls, and frankly I can’t wait to see what happens next. Luckily, at the time of this review, the story is already five issues in so I don’t really need to wait until I read the fifth issue.
Title: Paper Girls
Issue No. 1
Release Date: Oct. 7 2015
Edited by Arts and Culture Staff member, Morgan Cormack.