Last issue we left off with the girls being split up and the new time traveler being captured by the three men. With KJ and Mac being down the river, trying to figure out how to get back to the group and KJ is dealing with her “you know”. At the top of the river, we have Erin and Tiffany, still with Wari and her child looking for KJ and Mac. Leaving us with a ton of questions that Paper Girls #13 starts to answer.
For the first time here, that I can recall at least, Vaughn begins to explain so of the time travel rules. Vaughn also shows who sent that hockey stick back to warn the girls about “Other Erin”. Giving a bit more in the way of how time travel works in this world. Also naming to those time rifts we have seen in the past and of course, they are called “Magic Shitholes”. Now, this could be the translation collar fudging up some translations, as it does so hilariously a few times. I for one will be calling them Magic Shitholes from now on.
As a subplot to the overall story, the natives motives are starting to show themselves. With the three men becoming more than just the monsters at the bottom of the river and making us question Wari even more. Along with all of that Doctor Qanta Braustein reveals some more time travel details here. Leading to a mother of a cliffhanger at the end with some very interesting reveals.
Without a question, the art here by Chiang is just as good as it has always been. Teaming up with Wilson for colors making this book the beauty that everyone knows it is. Using color theory to perfection throughout the series, making for breathtaking panels. Rarely do we see a title with both art and story hitting on all cylinders like we do here.
Paper Girls #13 continues the mastery of anticipation in the series. Giving away just enough to grasp what is going on in the story. Then turning around and dropping a bomb in the last few pages, leaving you questioning everything you thought. That alone is the biggest draw in reading Paper Girls, the euphoria of discovery and the realization that we are just getting started. As with each new issue, I learned something new and can’t wait to discover what is next.
Reviewed by Tim Montoya
Paper Girls #13
Written by Brian K. Vaughn
Art by Cliff Chiang, Matt Wilson, Jared K. Fletcher, Dee Cunniffe
Published by Image Comics
Release Date: April 5th, 2016