Paper Girls #6 Review
Paper Girls #6
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Art: Cliff Chiang
Alright. There is some funky time-space continuum warping going on around here. I know that’s kinda happened since the beginning, but now Brian K Vaughan has multiplied it by 10. I am still tripping out trying to figure out the who, what, and why of all this. I am just as confused as our little quartet. Except, they are now down to three and on a search for the missing KJ. Good thing they are not alone. Having run into the Erin Tieng of 2016 is their only hope of getting around the 21st century. It might be a lot easier if they weren’t so dazzled by skinny TVs and iPhones. I can’t help but be reminded of the older generation being introduced to new technology. You know who those folks are.
Coming out of this issue we have 3 teams. Grand Father, our Paper Girls, and now, an evil Erin!? What is happening right now? Brian K. Vaughan seems to be set on giving his audience a ton of new twists in this issue. Grand Father believes our girl are their only hope. The Paper Girls just want to find their friend and get home. I don’t know what’s up with seemingly evil Erin, but I am determined to find out. While Brian Vaughan has been able to give us a roller coaster of a story, I still haven’t found anything solid to go on. I am really as confused as the Paper Girls. That may be Vaughan’s goal from that start. It is totally working.
I have noticed that Vaughan and Chiang have decided not to glorify one era over another. That may sound trivial compared to what is happening, but just ask different generations how they feel about how they grew up. Some will tell you that their time is better. Vaughan and Chiang have shown readers that both the 20th and 21st centuries have their good and bad. The Paper Girls have shown their appreciation for 2016’s technology, in a way that we can relate to. Speaking of, this comic is very relatable in the way it caters to old school and new school readers. The settings, style, and story are excellent indicators of the 1980s, if I may say so. It is also a cool way for younger readers such as myself to take a look into the past while being able to keep up understand the use of language and technological advances that pop up every now and then.
Cliff Chiang’s style is so simple, yet so nice to look at. Alongside Matt Wilson and Dee Cunnifee, the art of this book is very easy on the eyes. Most of it is done in thin strokes and flat colors, but that’s really all it needs. Jumping back to a point I made above, there is no glorification of either eras, even in the art style. Both are shown in the same light, and are equally as vibrant as can be during all these storms. Simple art and flat colors keep every page very consistent, but still cool on its own. There isn’t too much emphasis on details on the backgrounds, but its enough to show that the characters aren’t just floating in a one-color box. You guys know what I mean.
So many looses ends have surfaced in the span of 6 issues, but I know it’s all going to come together beautifully. Now, I feel like I need to go watch Back To The Future or something. Time-space continuums are all cool until you really have to think more about them.