Saturday, 11 May 2019

Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Power by Ryan North & Erica Henderson

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl's first graphic novel is an absolute riot. Collecting Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics 1-4 plus the character's first ever appearance in an Iron Man comic, this is all out, accessible comic fun that never takes itself too seriously. For the uninitiated, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is Doreen Green, a mutant that is half-squirrel, half-human. And with all the seemingly useless powers of a squirrel, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has battled some of the greatest enemies in the Marvel Universe and, just like her name suggests, she has beaten them all. 

This title works precisely because it shouldn't. Apperance wise, Doreen is pretty far removed from the stereotypical female superhero (think supermodels in revealing costumes,) and is a proud tomboy and slightly awkward teen. She doesn't win by kicking someone's arse and most of the plot twists happen through humour. Much like the new Ms Marvel, there is a real sense of fun, instead of the dark cynicism that often runs through Marvel titles. Oh, and I love those Deadpool's Guide to Super Villains Cards.

Highly, highly recommended.