I had given last issue a perfect score, which I tend to avoid doing just because it’s quite hard to sustain such a score going into the following issue. Of course, Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang and company continue to prove me wrong. This issue definitely kept the intensity that we were left with from last, and it continued to add to the varying plots going on.

One thing that’s gone under the radar with this current arc, is the growing “implosion” that’s going to happen between Mac and KJ…

Art by Cliff Chiang, Colors by Matt Wilson

Of course, this builds off of the fact that Mac doesn’t seem comfortable with KJ’s sexuality. Though, in my opinion, that’s a skin deep set up on Vaughan’s part. He definitely seems to be pushing us in that direction of, homophobia with her character, but I’m not buying it.

If you recall the glimpse into the future KJ saw last arc, it appeared that she and Mac were kissing each other willingly. This screams to me that Mac isn’t yet comfortable with her own sexuality, and it’s not surprising with what we know of her. Tough to the bone, hell, she wouldn’t even express her feelings when she found out she’ll “eventually” die from cancer.

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Can we take a moment to point out how ridiculous future Tiffany looks?

Art by Cliff Chiang, Colors by Matt Wilson

A low-key interesting part of the overall story that is PAPER GIRLS, at least for me, is our (Paper) girls running into themselves. It’s been one of my favorite things thus far, but what took the cake this issue with future Tiffany was her seeing the Teenagers. I’m not sure whether the one who stopped the rest from shooting her was one of the originals we saw in the first arc, or not. Though, that’s what I’m thinking. So I’m curious to see where Vaughan takes this going forward.

Tragedy, it’s my favorite form of storytelling, as a writer.

Seeing what made Jahpo into the Grand Father we saw in the first two arcs is heartbreaking. Him watching someone he clearly loved die, it reminds me of Jeremy Iron’s one line as Alfred in BATMAN V SUPERMAN, “That’s how it starts, sir. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men… cruel.”

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Being honest, I didn’t think last issue would be the last we saw of Charlotte. So the end of this issue wasn’t surprising. Even with her “saving” the girls in the manner she did. I in no way buy that she’ll kill one of them, though, maybe future Tiffany similar to how future Erin risked her life to save them all. Though, seeing Chris get “taken” was a bit of a bummer, because I’ve grown quite found of him and his bickering with Mac.

This issue proved me wrong. Vaughan kicked up the story, and Chiang and Wilson stuck to the bar they’ve been setting this entire arc. I tip my cap to them.

You can pick this issue up now, and PAPER GIRLS #20 will be time traveling to the shelves of a local comic shop Wednesday, February 7th,

In another action-packed “season finale,” the Paper Girls have one shot to escape the year 2000, but if any of them survive, where and when will they end up next?