Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1
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.
Can’t wait. (In the meantime, I’ll go back and read the old ones).
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