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Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1

Capsule Review

Give the creators credit — they fully own up to Marvel’s multiple-reboot madness right on the cover of this one, proudly noting it is “Only Our Second #1 So Far This Year.” If all their #1s are as good as this one, they can reboot as much as they like. I am late to the party with Squirrel Girl, but this is a charming character and a very entertaining comic, which I gather picks up right where the last series left off. Ryan North’s script is precious, but not too precious, which is quite a feat when your book stars a girl with a bushy tail, along with her pals Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi, and Tippy-Toe the talking squirrel. Erica Henderson’s cartoon-art approach perfectly suits the subject, and makes these characters real in a way that more “realistic” art would not. All of the characters have a distinctive “voice,” and I would have been content with their just chattering away the whole issue, but a villainous interruption proved welcome when even the bad guy had a surplus of personality … how can you not love a robotic brain-in-a-jar that says things like, “Chaos and murder are the only inventions of nature that humanity might one day truly understand.” That our heroes then repair the rampaging robot and make him part of the team points to the essential spirit of the series. (A visit to the food court on Avengers Island is just a bonus). Great fun.

Approachability For New Readers

The story is joined in the middle, but it is a sitcom joined in the middle, not War & Peace joined in the middle. It works.

Read #2?

Can’t wait. (In the meantime, I’ll go back and read the old ones).

Sales Rank

#48 October

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Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

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About Paul O'Connor

Revelations and retro-reviews from a world where it is always 1978, published once a month or so at www.longboxgraveyard.com!

Posted on December 29, 2015, in Reviews and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Erica Henderson has been doing great work on this series. I’m glad that it’s been successful.

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  2. Nuts!
    After the Doctor Strange failure to buy, here’s another comic I can’t get from the two comic shops I visit regularly.

    Same old routine pattern… when I fancy a book, it’s nowhere to be found.

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    • An unfortunate side-effect of my reviewing books several weeks after they hit the stands … it saves me a few bucks to mail order, but the reviews are just that less timely.

      I will note that most comics are better read as collected editions these days, and if you MUST have a monthly fix, then digital never goes out of print.

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