Paper Girls #1

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Release Date:  10/7/15

Words: Brian K. Vaughan

Pictures:  Cliff Chaing

The Sitch:

In the early hours of the morning after Halloween 1988, four twelve year old paper delivery girls uncover a story bigger than any headlines they have ever delivered.

The Confession:

Fans of Vaughan will want to buy Paper Girls because they well know he can craft a good story. He has a knack for creating well fleshed out characters that will intrigue the reader from page one. Personally, I cannot pass up a book immersed in the innocence of the 80’s, especially one that focuses on the smarts and strengths of individual girls banding together. These girls are not just together for the sake of girl bonding, they are together to survive an adventure. This is the coming-of-age story of and for girls that the 80’s should have given us. It’s a bit Monster Squad meets Stand by Me meets War of the Worlds. I already love these fearless girls.

Chiang’s art is already well known and appreciated from his work on Wonder Woman. He works so cohesively with Vaughans’ story that I felt I was drawn into a movie, not just a book. His skills only solidify the character development. Each girl has her own distinct personality and expressions. You can feel the 80’s in his splash pages, the days when helicopter parenting was nonexistent and kids were able to grow up and figure life out on their own while exploring the world around them.

Also, props to the detail of the Depeche Mode poster on Erin’s wall.

If you’re looking for a new story with some good, strong female leads and/or an immediately intriguing sci-fi adventure, Paper Girls is the new ongoing series that is one for the pull list.

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Goners #1

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Release Date:   10/22/14

Words:  Jacob Semahn

Pictures:  Jorge Corona

The Sitch:

The Latimer family is humanity’s lone defense against the supernatural forces that plague the mortal world and they have been throughout history.  The youngest Latimer’s, Zoe and Josiah, are forced rather suddenly into the depths of the family legacy one night, scared and unprepared.

The Confession:

Goners is something like Goonies, Johnny Quest, and Supernatural all rolled into one.  It’s an homage to those adventure stories many of us grew up on and love with a fierceness only youth can conjure up.  The themes of undeniable family bonds, loyalty, and honor of family history is strong in this adventure story with a bite.  Older readers will find this as a good bit of nostalgia, the younger ones can enjoy it just as well because there is a timelessness about this kind of story.  It’s just a fun read.

The art pops.  It’s a bit manga-esque. Of course, the story does involve the undead and people do die in violent ways so there is a fair share of blood.  This isn’t for the littlest of readers because, duh, adventures that involve the young being forced to grow up and face off monsters isn’t exactly bedtime story material.  But what is depicted isn’t over the top at all and, in fact, is quite pretty to look at.  The art matches the tone of the story, there is a hopeful innocence in it that makes adventure a thrilling prospect, especially on those days in childhood when there is nothing better to do than run around with your equally bored friends and use your imagination.

All I can say is that if you are the type that gets the feels over Goonies, you may as well pick up Goners.

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