New Clip for 'Paper Girls' Sci-fi Series on Prime Video Features a Surprised Ali Wong

The comic book adaptation starring Wong arrives in July.

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Four characters in Paper Girls, backs to us, stare at the horizon

Paper Girls follows four girls unexpectedly caught up in a war between time travelers.

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We just got a new teaser for Paper Girls, Prime Video's upcoming sci-fi TV show based on Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang's acclaimed comic book series of the same name.

The story follows four 12-year-old paper delivery girls in 1988 unexpectedly caught up in a war between time travelers. All eight episodes of the first season will hit the streaming service on July 29. 

In the adventure TV series, the kids meet grownup versions of themselves and grapple with the The Old Watch, a less-than-friendly "militant faction" of time-hoppers, Prime Video says. In the teaser, released on Wednesday, comedian Ali Wong's adult character Erin meets a younger version of herself played by Riley Lai Nelet.

Young actors Sofia Rosinsky, Camryn Jones and Fina Strazza play the other three kids, Mac, Tiffany and KJ. The show is executive-produced in part by Halt and Catch Fire creators Christopher C. Rogers and Christopher Cantwell.

In a statement, Vaughan said he "loves" the show. "The extraordinary cast feels ripped from the pages of our comic," said Vaughan, who's an executive producer on the show. "And whether you've read every issue of Paper Girls or are just starting the ride here, there will be huge surprises in store for you this epic first season."

In 2016, the Paper Girls comic book series won prestigious Eisner Awards (the Oscars of comics) for best new series and best penciller/inker. Some writers (and Reddit users) have compared the Paper Girls comic to Stranger Things, the incredibly popular Netflix sci-fi series that's currently in its fourth season.

Writing for Bustle in 2019, Katie Smith said, "The first Paper Girls story arc offers the same Converse high-top-clad nostalgic spirit of Stranger Things." Referring to kid-focused adventures like the comic, Stranger Things and 2011 sci-fi thriller Super 8, NPR's Glen Weldon wrote, "They are all concerned with adolescence, specifically the push-pull tension between the familiar safety of home and the unknown dangers of the adult world." 

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