Vaughan & Chiang's "Paper Girls" Builds a Familiar Yet Disconcerting World
Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the comics posted so far!
Today we look at Richard Sala’s Cat Burglar Black…
Cat Burglar Black is about a teen-aged girl (with white hair) whose parents “died” (or did they?). She was taken into an orphanage which was run by a terrible woman who used the children to work as thieves for her. The operation is uncovered and Katherine (or K, as she likes to be called) is sent to a reformatory, where she ultimately becomes a mentor to other children who had become thieves. Then, mysteriously, she was found by an aunt she never knew she had who brings her to a school for girls that turns out, of course, to be another front for a ring of thieves (and her aunt is nowhere to be found because she’s “sick”).
The organization is called the Obtainers, and K’s father was their prized member. He betrayed the group, however, so now there are two things they are searching for – the journal K’s father kept about the group’s activities and a hidden treasure that is supposedly hidden somewhere at the school.
Things are complicated when K begins to hear a statue, well, talk to her!!!
This is a delightful little tale with strong artwork by Sala.
Here are a couple of sample sequences from the book.
First, here is K doing some investigating of the school to see what the deal is with the statue, however, she is discovered by one of the Obtainers (who are sort of the faculty of the school, but really they’re just here to exploit the teen-aged thieves at their employ).
Next, here is K trying to fit in with the other girls (this also shows you where the title of the book comes from)…
Sala tells a story well and the colors really pop off of the page.
This is another winner from First Second Books. Here is the page for the book, where you can order it or read more reviews!
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