Paper Girls, Volume 4

By Brian K. Vaughan

Rating: 4 stars

The papergirls’ intrepid adventure through time continues, now in the year 2000, where millennium bug has turned out to be worse than it did in our timeline [1] and this time the girls find themselves separated from Tiffany, who eventually finds her older self (after dodging a whole load of giant robots that nobody else can see). And… that is a whole thing. If Young Erin was surprised by how similar she was to Old Erin, Young Tiffany, well, doesn’t have that experience! In their quest to find Tiffany, the rest of the papergirls find an older lady who finally offers a bit of infodump explanation for what’s been going on.

This was a lot of fun. Mac continues to be called out on her homophobic crap, and it’s the fact that it’s her peers, not elders, who do so that is so great. There’s a bunch of really interesting new characters and we finally get a clue as to who “Grand Father” is, although it took me ages to remember where I had heard the name before (a problem with library books is that you have to give them back and can’t look them up when you want to find a reference).

Chiang’s visuals are inventive and really help carry the story. The giant robots help with that to some degree, and I must admit that as much as I hate cliffhangers, Vaughan is good at them. I can’t wait to see when the girls have ended up now.

[1] personal peeve here – there’s a narrative that’s developed since the 2010s that the millennium bug was a hoax or wasn’t actually a problem. This is categorically false. The only reason it was a damp squib is because hundreds of programmers spent thousands of person-hours finding all the serious issues and fixing them in the years leading up to the year 2000

Book details

ISBN: 9781534305106
Publisher: Image Comics
Year of publication: 2018

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