THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 is a Comical Delight – Comic Review
If you want me to sum up The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 in one word, it can’t be done. But that doesn’t matter, this issue is good ol’ quirky fun and a bit nutty–couldn’t resist–and this totally works for this character and pays off. The creative team is undeniably having fun with the character and gives her the right spin to make her own series work. I’m sure by now you’re dying to know what the heck goes on in this comic. You’re in luck, because I’m about to get to that.
In a nutshell (damn it), Squirrel Girl has basically been a squatter for a while and has made the decision to go to college. If you want to know more, keep reading. If not, you might want to skip this part. After a morning of singing her theme song and kicking bad guy butt in Central Park, she heads to her “apartment”, packs up, walks to campus and meets her roommate. Oh, and then she defeats a villain that was picking on her squirrel sidekick, Tippy-Toe.
Writer Ryan North plays around with the idea of Squirrel Girl trying to acclimate to using her secret identity, Doreen Green, and being a normal college-going girl. North has fun with this by making Doreen playfully silly and socially awkward but clever when necessary. Also, readers should take the time to read the fine print on each page, some of those are great fun. But even with all the great moments, it does take a bit of a dip when the villain shows up, mainly because I thought why him. However, it does display her unbeatable-ness. When she has her wits about her she does not need to rely on strength alone. A good message for the young readers.
Erica Henderson’s art style and Rico Renzi’s colors play off of North’s writing perfectly. I felt I was reading something from Archie Comics or KaBOOM! instead of Marvel which is refreshing. I adore the playful feel that comes from the pages. Henderson shines with the expressions she gives Squirrel Girl. From the dopey squirrely grins to the wide-eyed look of self awareness when interacting with a passerby, Henderson is a necessary half of the comedic output from Squirrel Girl’s misadventures.
After reading Squirrel Girl, she easily earns a spot next to Ms. Marvel and Batgirl, not to say she is just like them. On the contrary, Doreen Green is quite different and this issue explores her personality enough to distinguish her. The faux pas that occur, squirrel conversations, and how she confidently reacts to having a “large butt” easily make her lovable. Do you think it’s too soon to have a crush on Doreen? I blame North and Henderson for nailing it with The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
Published by Marvel Comics
Written by Ryan North
Illustrated by Erica Henderson
Colors by Rico Renzi