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THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form o THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form one complete mega-image! Collects PAPER GIRLS #26-30


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THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form o THE END IS HERE! After surviving adventures in their past, present and future, the Paper Girls of 1988 embark on one last journey, a five-part epic that includes the emotional double-sized series finale. Featuring a new wraparound cover from Eisner Award-winning co-creator CLIFF CHIANG, which can be combined with the covers of all five previous volumes to form one complete mega-image! Collects PAPER GIRLS #26-30

30 review for Paper Girls, Vol. 6

  1. 4 out of 5

    David Schaafsma

    “So, who are you?”—Boy having his arm pinned by his back by Erin Tieng, in 1958 Cleveland, having traveled back there from someplace else, 1988. “Still figuring that out”—Erin “The amount of time we’re given is irrelevant”—Erin “We’re not only paper girls, we’re. . ." Okay, I’m a little bit of a mess here. And when I tell you I am crying as I type this, and also tell you I am a man in his seventh decade I invite you not to stereotype me or other people of my “So, who are you?”—Boy having his arm pinned by his back by Erin Tieng, in 1958 Cleveland, having traveled back there from someplace else, 1988. “Still figuring that out”—Erin “The amount of time we’re given is irrelevant”—Erin “We’re not only paper girls, we’re. . ." Okay, I’m a little bit of a mess here. And when I tell you I am crying as I type this, and also tell you I am a man in his seventh decade I invite you not to stereotype me or other people of my age, as hopefully you will get to my age and be at least somewhat like you are now. I know that I would definitely have been reading the comics series Papergirls at sixteen if it had been available and feeling much the same. Okay, my 16 year old self might have had to get his mind around the whole girl on girl kissing thing, maybe, but you know, maybe not. At 18 my cis-gendered straight self would get into a theater group encountering boys kissing boys, and I was not traumatized to see this. My wife’s uncle that I loved very much died last night and that is part of my emotional landscape as I finish this powerful and sweet and sad series this morning. You read when you read and that affects your memory of the book possibly permanently. But oh, Brian Vaughn (and the amazingly inventive Cliff Chiang and the amazing colorist Matt Wilson), you get me. Maybe you just get humans. “What does it matter? Life existed on this rock for less than a blink of the universe’s eye, and somehow, against astronomical odds, you and I got to be part of it!” “Man, for a terminal cancer patient, you’re like a living Bobby McFerrin song.” That! I mean both of those sentences, from both perspectives, the sentimental and the smart-ass! Augh! And maybe all time travel films and books are always about nostalgia and the sweet sad passing of time. Probably. Because this last volume is all about love and friendship but also about time and that sweet sadness. Paper Girls, Volume 6, yes, completes the YA sci-fi time travel series. It features a cover with the four paper girls, and one of them an older self, tougher, more determined, facing real challenges, not just Halloween spooks. Like the possible loss of friendship and memory and the inevitability of death. The next image is of a smashed pumpkin (oh, good, just in time for Halloween! This is where the first volume began, and it is a time travel series, so here it must end). The next image is a two-page spread of one of the girls holding a knife, the windows in the houses behind her bearing Halloween decorations. When she is transported through time to her street (before holding said knife), she is truly frightened by a Donald Trump mask (heh). I won’t tell you what happens, it would be too complicated to do that, but we begin the volume in multiple years that involve their own multiplying nostalgia effects via year-appropriate references (or, call it product placement, as the Stranger Things production crew knows has to happen in an eighties tribute, which this also very much is). And we know from the last volume that all the girls are in different times and places, so we at one point for several pages read about them through a series of four-panel pages where we see each of them in same time experiences. So I loved loved loved the finish, sort of because of and in spite of all the geeky reflection about how to deal with the fact of time travel and memory. But here’s some random stuff I also dug: One of them says that time is degradable, like a cassette tape. Ha! I like all the references to: Moonwalking, Walkmans, walkie talkies. Yellow punch buggy (where you punch someone when you see a yellow Volkwagon, though we called it slug bug and it was for any color) Charlotte, to Jude: “Hey, Jude.” “Our dreams are secret messages from our future.” (oh, just go with it. . .) “Tiffany! You’re not dead yet!” One of them talks about daylight savings time as time suspension/travel: You get to relive sixty minutes every year! Mac, sitting on a rock far into the future, with the woman who invented time travel, as they both realize how it is they both may die, with the only thing that really matters to her at the moment: “I kissed a girl.” Because yeah, you are going to die, but at least you have this, and isn't that true?! The ultimate goal of the girls, ala every eighties kid film: Peace on Earth, natch. We'll see how that works out. Also its obviously about friendship, and since it’s a YA texts set in the eighties: “It’s like Mr. T says, ‘You gotta follow your dream.’” Must read series. One of the best YA series ever. Ever! Me, oh, I'll be all right, thanks, as long as I have books to comfort me.

  2. 4 out of 5

    britt_brooke

    Time travel is not my favorite, and it confuses the bejesus out of me, but I like this band of badass young 1980s papergirls and their many iterations. This collected volume is the conclusion of the “The Battle of the Ages” (it’s a time travelers’ war, y’all). I’m still slightly unsure what transpired, but it’s clearly unique a story of friendship. Above all, I freaking love the artwork and coloring. It’s goddamned beautiful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Drewthereader20

    This was such an amazing graphic novel! Loved how we had a happy ending and wondering if we will get more or not??😀👏

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jerrie (redwritinghood)

    A great finish to a great series. The wrap up was nicely done. I’m a little sad that it’s over.

  5. 5 out of 5

    GrilledCheeseSamurai (Scott)

    *Read as single issues* Grand finale...sad to see it end...but it was handled well and gave me the closure that I wanted. Its almost as if the series ended with a satisfied sigh rather than a big bang. Which I am okay with. Thanks for the adventure, Paper Girls!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kristin MB

    A satisfying conclusion. Loved it!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Mia

    this series was so enjoyable, in spite of its shaky start. while it felt confusing at times, and while the amount of plot holes that exist (because of all the time travel stuff) take away from the plot's overall structure, i still loved it. it was queer, it was sci-fi, and it was a great homage to all things eighties.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Gillian

    this isn’t actually my review of this vol since it doesn’t come out until september but i just wanted to say one thing... OMG LOOK AT MY GIRLS THEY ARE GOING TO ROCK THE FUTURE AND FIND A WAY TO GET BACK HOME, hopefully ... that is all, thanks for listening *i think this is the last volume, i’m sad now*

  9. 4 out of 5

    Oneirosophos

    An unexpected down to earth finale, along with heavy plot and one of the most weird and unique issues you'll ever read.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie G.

    A strong ending to a phenomenal story! The artwork and color palette is so distinctive and perfect for this time-bending space adventure about elders and youth and really about friendship. Kind of heartbreaking and funny, it’s a story I’m glad ended in a way that makes sense.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Meaghan

    This was such a great finale to a series that ended up really growing on me. While the beginning definitely wasn't my thing, and it took me a while to actually understand what was going on, I ended up loving this series a whole bunch. I also just looved the colors and art style, especially as they went through all the eras one last time. (view spoiler)[ I also found this to be the most fitting ending, as th This was such a great finale to a series that ended up really growing on me. While the beginning definitely wasn't my thing, and it took me a while to actually understand what was going on, I ended up loving this series a whole bunch. I also just looved the colors and art style, especially as they went through all the eras one last time. (view spoiler)[ I also found this to be the most fitting ending, as they finally managed to get back to their own time while also keeping the friendship (or possibility of one) intact. While the ending has its melancholic caveats (Mac is still going to die too young, Mac + KJ don't remember their budding relationship, and all the fantastic stories and memories themselves are lost), it still carried the bright light of hope, that the friendship can reform. I just really loved it. (hide spoiler)]

  12. 5 out of 5

    ☽ MaryJane ✨

    Beautiful artwork and a fun plot but honestly the conclusion felt very underwhelming after such a strong build up. To be fair, I spent most of the series confused and maybe reading the whole thing over before finishing it could have clarified some things for me, but I honestly don't think it would have done much. Might revisit this later, but honestly I was kinda let down.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Devann

    I don't know ...this was interesting and the ending was cute but I still feel like I'm not 100% sure what happened. I have always been a bit more unsure about this series than most people seem to be and I think it is one where I would have to reread the whole thing in a few days to really try to piece everything together and see if all the time travel plot pieces 'check out' so to speak. I like the characters and the art is great but I'm just so picky about time travel so that's why I'm still a I don't know ...this was interesting and the ending was cute but I still feel like I'm not 100% sure what happened. I have always been a bit more unsure about this series than most people seem to be and I think it is one where I would have to reread the whole thing in a few days to really try to piece everything together and see if all the time travel plot pieces 'check out' so to speak. I like the characters and the art is great but I'm just so picky about time travel so that's why I'm still a bit on the fence.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alex Sarll

    Brian Vaughan's other big comic of the moment doesn't seem to have hit quite as big as Saga – but then, what does? Still, it gets to finish when it was supposed to, which has to count as a success. Perhaps the problem was that the crosstime adventures of a group of small-town newspaper deliverers from the eighties isn't a simple hook to match 'Romeo & Juliet – in space!'. Although now we're at the end, it becomes clear quite how much this was another anti-war comic, and indeed another love s Brian Vaughan's other big comic of the moment doesn't seem to have hit quite as big as Saga – but then, what does? Still, it gets to finish when it was supposed to, which has to count as a success. Perhaps the problem was that the crosstime adventures of a group of small-town newspaper deliverers from the eighties isn't a simple hook to match 'Romeo & Juliet – in space!'. Although now we're at the end, it becomes clear quite how much this was another anti-war comic, and indeed another love story, even if here that's as much the love between friends as romance (though good heavens, the romance was lovely too). The bond between the girls being so core to the book means the final volume gets off to a tough start, having split the party – but spreading them through time also allows for some very fun time travel tricksiness (think Bill and Ted, or Fatal Death, depending on your level and flavour of geek), not to mention Chiang doing some impressive work with page layouts. And this isn't tricksiness for its own sakes, but ties in to a wider (and very timely) theme. Because unlike a lot of time travel stories, which tend to value preserving the timeline, here's one that asks: if you can make things better, why wouldn't you? And doesn't wheel out the normal handwavey ways to rig the scales against it. Equally timely is the sense of a clash of generations made all the nastier by the fact that now, the old farts still think they're cool and with-it. And of course, one detail which will always be relevant: however far into the future the story has gone, Apple products remain buggy, freeze-prone tat.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Adam M

    I feel like this was the ending we deserved, but I'm going to let you all judge whether or not it's the one you wanted. I really enjoyed this volume as it tied up all the ends I needed it to. I also feel like my brain was wrung through a pasta machine now that I'm on the other end. - That's one of the things I loved about this series though: it asked a lot of us just to keep up and not lose track of any of the threads. There was a lot of time jumping and new (and old) characters popping in and o I feel like this was the ending we deserved, but I'm going to let you all judge whether or not it's the one you wanted. I really enjoyed this volume as it tied up all the ends I needed it to. I also feel like my brain was wrung through a pasta machine now that I'm on the other end. - That's one of the things I loved about this series though: it asked a lot of us just to keep up and not lose track of any of the threads. There was a lot of time jumping and new (and old) characters popping in and out. If you managed to hang on, it was really rewarding. Thanks Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang, this was different, fun and exciting. I hope people keep discovering it for a long time to come.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Natasha Chowdory

    I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS SERIES IS OVER!!!! I will say that I think that I should have gone back and re-read all of them in order before reading this one to remind me of the story in some places because it does weave *everything* together for the final outing and it does explain a few of the continuity things. The artwork and panels are as clever as ever and I thought the ending was sad and bittersweet but ultimately made sense. Basically this is an exceptional graphic novel series and I can't I CAN'T BELIEVE THAT THIS SERIES IS OVER!!!! I will say that I think that I should have gone back and re-read all of them in order before reading this one to remind me of the story in some places because it does weave *everything* together for the final outing and it does explain a few of the continuity things. The artwork and panels are as clever as ever and I thought the ending was sad and bittersweet but ultimately made sense. Basically this is an exceptional graphic novel series and I can't wait for what Vaughan does next!!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Roy

    A good conclusion to a fun series. This volume was a little confusing. Im envious of the people who will read this series as one, as I think it will make more sense

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jesús

    This is one of the most satisfying and beautifully orchestrated endings to a long-form comic that I have read. One can easily imagine that Paper Girls’ story of lasting friendship, the perils of nostalgia, and the compromises of adulthood is as much about the team of four adult men who created this comic as it is about the four 12-year-old girls who are its subject. These people (whether the comic’s creators or the paper girls) briefly came together to make something beautiful happen, only then This is one of the most satisfying and beautifully orchestrated endings to a long-form comic that I have read. One can easily imagine that Paper Girls’ story of lasting friendship, the perils of nostalgia, and the compromises of adulthood is as much about the team of four adult men who created this comic as it is about the four 12-year-old girls who are its subject. These people (whether the comic’s creators or the paper girls) briefly came together to make something beautiful happen, only then to move on with their lives and onto new experiences that may or may not include the rest of the squad. It’s as bittersweet for the eponymous paper girls as much as it must also be for the adult men who have given the girls a voice in the pages of this comic. The full 6-volume (or 30-issue) series has its ups and downs for sure, but, wow, does it end well. The final three issues are especially powerful. I’m sad for it to end, but I’m happy it ended brilliantly. (Read in single issues)

  19. 5 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    And there you have it. That's the end of that saga. No, wait, wrong book. Anyway. I liked the ending. It's very personal, and strips away all the time travel madness in favour of the four girls and their role in each other's lives. It's not a big event, or a huge explosion of an ending. It's just...nice. And kinda hopeful. In fact, a lot of the time travel stuff becomes a bit redundant here. There's a lot of paradoxes and ideas about sending messages across time and space, And there you have it. That's the end of that saga. No, wait, wrong book. Anyway. I liked the ending. It's very personal, and strips away all the time travel madness in favour of the four girls and their role in each other's lives. It's not a big event, or a huge explosion of an ending. It's just...nice. And kinda hopeful. In fact, a lot of the time travel stuff becomes a bit redundant here. There's a lot of paradoxes and ideas about sending messages across time and space, but like the girls themselves, it's kind of over my head (and I can usually follow this stuff pretty well). Which I expect is the point. And of course, Cliff Chiang's art is phenomenal. I'm curious to see what he does next, after he's spent the last few years devoted to this. A nice little ending. Not sure we needed all the pomp and circumstance to get here, but I liked it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marc *Dark Reader of the Woods*

    I didn't quite get the feels for this volume like I did for some previous ones, but that was probably more about my own mood at the time than the book itself. The same high quality characterization, art and visual design persists in this final book. I suppose that all of your lingering time-travel questions are answered, ish? It calls for a series re-read, I think, to put that all to rest. The penultimate single issue contained herein adopts an interesting four-way split screen effect that is ha I didn't quite get the feels for this volume like I did for some previous ones, but that was probably more about my own mood at the time than the book itself. The same high quality characterization, art and visual design persists in this final book. I suppose that all of your lingering time-travel questions are answered, ish? It calls for a series re-read, I think, to put that all to rest. The penultimate single issue contained herein adopts an interesting four-way split screen effect that is hard to follow at first, and has to be read a couple of times in a couple of ways to fully appreciate. I am glad that the story is tightly wrapped up in a tidy single-digit volume series. This would make a great addition to my bookshelf, either as 6 volumes or in the doubtlessly pending omnibus.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Drown Hollum

    Endings huh? They're hard. I envy anyone who gets to read Paper Girls all the way through. I can't help but try and measure all the things I must have forgotten to try and make sense of htis time-travel story. The characters are great, and there were some incredible moments, but I don't feel like I walked away with a complete picture, and that might be frustrating. Luckily, Vaughan knows this, and instead focuses on a much more character driven ending. He gives us an excellent final tale to book Endings huh? They're hard. I envy anyone who gets to read Paper Girls all the way through. I can't help but try and measure all the things I must have forgotten to try and make sense of htis time-travel story. The characters are great, and there were some incredible moments, but I don't feel like I walked away with a complete picture, and that might be frustrating. Luckily, Vaughan knows this, and instead focuses on a much more character driven ending. He gives us an excellent final tale to bookend what started as a bunch of teens in the 80s seeing some weird shit. I kind of wish the ending was bigger. I kinda wish it was a little more pat. I kinda wish we got a clear image of a glorious future with all our heroes adult and in tact. But that was never going to be how this ended. And after Y the Last Man, I've learned to appreciate the bittersweet way Vaughan likes to tie things together. I'm gonna be pissed when Saga ends like this though.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    I wasn’t sure how they’d ever wrap this one up, but they did and I can’t believe it’s over! I’ll miss this twisted little time-warp back to the future, way future, past, prehistoric past, future again, etc story of friendship and growing up!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mateen Mahboubi

    It ends. I can't say that I ever really got into this series. I enjoyed the end but everything up to that point was a bit too convoluted for me. Admittedly it just might be my own personal preference but it just really didn't work for me. Despite really liking the characters and personalities, I can't say I'll miss this series that much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Melki

    The fun series goes out not with a bang, but with a "why can't we all just get along" vibe. Nice.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Anthony Rodriguez

    So sad to see this end but was a bit underwhelmed with the ending, I think I wanted a bit more to the ending. However I really did enjoy how this ended and I am happy they can just be paper girls <3

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephen Richter

    Ties up the series nicely. As a whole a nice series to recommend to friends who want to read more Graphic Novels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Andrey

    Every time I get a new volume of Paper Girls I end up going to the previous one to make sure I read it. Now it's over and I'm not sure what to make it it, will probably have to read it all from the beginning, it's not like I remember much :D

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    I was so happy to find this and so sad to see it end. But I’m not very happy with how it ended.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colin

    Hm, I wasn't sure about most of it, but the ending gets a big thumbs up from me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Tundextra

    The final volume of the incorrigible Paper Girls. Brian K Vaughan whilst writing SAGA manages to created, write and finish Paper Girls, a 30 part speculate-fiction time travelling drama starring four Paper Girls that at no point have discussions about boys! Yassss BKV! . The final volume really plays with your mind and you have to focus and concentrate to get the story and the genius of it... which I didn't really having quite a few months gap between the penultimate volume and this one. This is one of th The final volume of the incorrigible Paper Girls. Brian K Vaughan whilst writing SAGA manages to created, write and finish Paper Girls, a 30 part speculate-fiction time travelling drama starring four Paper Girls that at no point have discussions about boys! Yassss BKV! . The final volume really plays with your mind and you have to focus and concentrate to get the story and the genius of it... which I didn't really having quite a few months gap between the penultimate volume and this one. This is one of those books (possible like Y the Last Man and Saga that needs to be devoured a a shortish period of time to take in all the sub-plotting and multi-layered wide cast. . The last issue is a little understated masterpiece more in the vein of The Sopranos, leaving the reader to decide what actually happened... and accompanied with the art ia a pretty slick finish. 8 out of 12. . And now this GIFt to you :) .

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