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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 1: Squirrel Power

By Ryan North

Rating: 4 stars

This was a fabulous introduction to the most excellent Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, a girl with the proportionate speed and strength of a squirrel! Well, when you think about it it, I suppose it’s no more stupid than any other superhero origins!

What I mostly loved about this comic was the lack of angst. She’s a superhero (complete with a Deadpool collectible supervillain card deck) who eats nuts and kicks butts, along with her adorable (and not super powered at all) squirrel sidekick, Tippy-Toe. And when kicking butts fails, she thinks her way out of the resulting fracas. And it turns out that there are a surprising number of ways of using a squirrel army to help defeat your enemies (said enemies including Kraven the Hunter, Whiplash and Galactus). I love the little Twitter-style catch-up at the start of each issue and the fact that this collected trade paperback keeps the letters pages from the issues.

The art is cartoony and fun, and SG herself is drawn as a normal sized woman, wearing a sensible outfit. I enjoy the fact that each page has a little (easily missed) caption at the bottom of the page, with a narrator (possibly SG herself?) commenting on what’s going on on the page in a really fun way.

This volume collects the first four issues, containing the first arc of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl as well as the story that SG first appeared in, from 1992 where she tries to impress Iron Man into joining forces with her.

Squirrel Power was an awful lot of fun, and I certainly look forward to reading more of Doreen’s adventures in future collections (I just hope that she manages to steer clear of the stupid crossovers and Events that eventually put me off G. Willow Wilson’s Ms Marvel).

Book details

ISBN: 9780785197027
Publisher: Marvel
Year of publication: 2015

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