Paper Girls Vol 5-6 of Brian K. Vaughan & Cliff Chiang | Review


Published on Nov 11, 2019


Bao Publishing have translated Paper Girls, Image series signed by the celebrated author of Y: The Last Man, Brian K. Vaugham, focused on the vicissitudes of four young girls who deliver the newspapers, and that for a variety of reasons, remain involved in many of the time travel. It is, therefore, of a comic sci-fi that chapter after chapter has become increasingly complex and articulated.

In the earlier volumes Vaughan had inserted so many narrative elements that at times seemed to have no relationships between them. But in these two latest releases all the knots come to the comb, and the writer gives a definitive answer to the questions which have hitherto remained unresolved. What is certain is that Erin, Tiffany, Mackenzie, and K. J. are visiting many timelines, comparing their versions of young and old.

It all has to do with the so-called Wars of the Ages. The responsible seems to be the mysterious Great Father and, finally, Vaughan will give us a lot of information about your account and its motivations. But in addition to this, the writer introduces another detail disturbing: the time travellers sooner or later are infected with a deadly disease, caused by fluctuations in space-time. Mackenzie, in particular, is affected, and this gives Vaughan the opportunity to presentarcela in a more vulnerable and sensitive.

Behind the patina of apparent aggression, in fact, Mackenzie is a girl who hides certain sides of his personality that emerge in a touching, delicate sequence where he finally finds the courage to accept his sexual orientation, no longer repress it. In the Paper Girls, Vaughan does not forget to propose a comic entertainment, but addresses important issues such as the identity, the limits of scientific progress, homophobia, and the generation conflicts. In the end, the war he told is based on the contrast between the young and the old. The first, in spite of their shortcomings, they represent a future of great potential. The old, on the other hand, symbolize the sins and errors of the past.

Also this time there are also many references to the bible, filtered by influences from sci-fi, and situations that are both visionary and the hallucinatory. Vaughan sometimes grants sperimentalismi interesting, especially in the episode in which the protagonists end up in four different time-lines. Accordingly, each table consists of four vignettes, and each of them is dedicated to a single character and a specific area of the time. The tables can be read in the order in which they are printed, or you can only read those of one of the protagonists, and in both cases, the plot has a logical sense.

In addition to these virtuosity, Vaughan writes texts for effective and ironic, often citazionisti, and the overall result is really good. Well in these last two volumes to the drawings, there is the great Cliff Chiang, which exceeds the uncertainties of graphics evident in some of the episodes of Wonder Woman, and reaches a mature style of considerable formal beauty, embellished with lightness, fluidity, elegance, and undeniable dynamism.

In short, Paper Girls is truly a work to keep an eye on, and is without doubt one of the best productions Image of the past few years. For you to try.

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