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Paper Girls, Volume 1: 08/24/17
Paper Girls, Volume 1 by Brian K. Vaughan is the start of a graphic novel series involving a plucky group of tween-and-teenage girls who deliver the papers in their suburban neighborhood. Although this series has been talked about a bunch since it was launched, I've apparently kept myself under enough of a rock to avoid spoilers.
The book starts off as I expected — a girl doing her route, getting harassed by dick teenage boys — and hooking up with the older girls. But like Lumberjanes, there's more than just camaraderie. If Lumberjanes goes in the direction of Gravity Falls, Paper Girls goes in the direction of Stranger Things and Continuum.
I was going to say Terminator but there's an undertone of corporate control in the time travel dystopia. Things we take for granted — our iPhones and other smart devices — take on a sinister meaning here. Going more literary – there's a bit of Oryx and Crake too.
Of course just as things are starting to make sense and are getting good — the volume ends. That's how these series are. So, yes, I'm hooked.