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Paper Girls: Book Two - Book Review

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by Marisa Quinn-Haisu (subscribe)
My name is Marisa. I am a fiction writer, a blogger, and a freelance journalist.
Published June 3rd 2019
The Paper Girls must come to terms with who they will become
Vaughn & Chiang & Wilson & Fletcher. Image Comics.

The second deluxe edition of the award-winning graphic novel series, Paper Girls, was released on 3 April 2019. This enormous hardcover book is 288 pages long and collects issues 11 through to 20 of Paper Girls and contains exclusive bonus material and a wraparound front cover. It retails for between $54.99 and $75.99 and is suitable for teenagers 13 years and older.

Paper Girls is a science fiction comic book series about four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls from 1988 who accidentally get involved in a war being waged between two warring factions of time-travellers.

Paper Girls is written by Brian K. Vaughan. Vaughan is an award-winning American comic book and television writer best known for creating the comic book series Saga. Paper Girls is illustrated by Cliff Chiang who used to work at DC Comics and is known for his work on Wonder Woman, The Spectre and Green Arrow/Black Canary.

The second deluxe edition of Paper Girls is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The wraparound cover is bright silver with black and pink highlights. The front cover has the girls standing on top of a giant robot and pointing into the distance. The back of the book has a character called Doctor Qanta Braunstein stuck in a time travel machine hanging from a tree and a woman fleeing from some men.

Paper Girls is my second favourite comic book series after Saga. I love the main cast of characters, Erin Tieng, MacKenzie "Mac" Coyle, KJ and Tiffany Quilkin. They are funny, street smart and intelligent. If you love science fiction, nostalgia and shows like Stranger Things, you will love Paper Girls. If you haven't read any of Paper Girls yet, don't read any more of this review if you don't want to be spoiled.

In this book, the girls are no closer to returning back home to 1988. In their efforts to avoid the war being waged between two different groups of time travellers, known as The Battle of the Ages, the girls end up being displaced through time multiple times. The book opens up with them stuck in the year 11,706 BCE. This is a very important part of the story. The girls meet a woman from that era named Wari and her child Jahpo. The girls give Wari a collar from the future that is able to translate her native language into modern English for them. The girls form a friendship with Wari and decide to help her protect her child from a group of me who want to steal him. The girls meet another character named Doctor Qanta Braunstein. Qanta is a time traveller from the future who was born on 25 November 2016. Qanta helps the girls protect Wari and is able to send them forward to the year 2000.

The Paper Girls really grow as characters in this book. We learn some really interesting revelations about KJ. While stranded in 11,706 BCE, KJ touches a device from the future that makes her have a vision of her own future. She sees herself and Mac kissing which makes her realize that she is a lesbian. When she tells Mac what she saw in her vision, this puts a strain on their relationship because Mac has a homophobic side. But over time, Mac begins to warm to the idea, and even hints that she might even return KJ's feelings toward her. KJ is quickly becoming my favourite character in Paper Girls. I love her confidence, her bravery, and how she doesn't care what other people think of her. When Wari and her friends are attacked by a group of men, she doesn't hesitate to pick up an axe and hit one of the men in the head. And later in the book, there is a scene where KJ recounts to the rest of her friends the first time she met Mac back in 1988. She provides so much detail about Mac, it becomes painfully obvious how deep her feelings for the chain-smoking, tough-talking Paper Girl really do go.

It was announced earlier this year that Paper Girls was going to be ending in 2019. The final and thirtieth issue is due to be released on 31 July 2019. I'm crossing my fingers that the Paper Girls will be able to get back home to 1988 without forgetting everything that has happened to them.

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Why? Paper Girls follows the story of four twelve-year-old newspaper delivery girls from 1988 who get caught up in a war being waged by time travellers called The Battle of the Ages.
Where: Available from your local bookstore or online retailer
Cost: $54.99 - $75.99
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