REVIEW: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1

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Writer: RYAN NORTH
Art/Cover: ERICA HENDERSON
Colorist: RICO RENZI

Variant Cover by ARTHUR ADAMS
Variant cover by SIYA OUM
YOUNG VARIANT BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SOLICITATION:

• Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There’s one hero that’s beaten them all—and now she’s got her own ongoing series! (Not that she’s bragging.)
• That’s right, you asked for it, you got it, it’s SQUIRREL GIRL! (She’s also starting college this semester.)
• It’s the start of a brand-new series of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!

REVIEW:

I’ve said it before, sometimes it seems like Marvel’s creative strategy is based on dares. That does not mean that the ideas are bad, just that they are unconventional. A Squirrel Girl series is one of those decisions. In the face of a lot of very serious stories in the Marvel Universe, is there room for one that is just fun? Absolutely.

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It’s appropriate that there are references to Deadpool, because that level of absurdity is evident here,but only when dealing with things from Squirrel Girl’s point of view. When other characters are evident, the squirrels don’t speak, and what our heroine is doing seems a little off-kilter, but not insane. Squirrel is really bad about this new secret identity thing, and that is refreshing enough that I want to see it develop. Her fight with Kraven is handled in the most original way that a low-powered character can handle a foe more powerful than them with an ego to exceed it.

The art is refreshing in an era of hyper-realism, and to his credit Rico Renzi doesn’t get in the way with the colors. He’s probably the best colorist for this project, because he adapts his style to match and accent Erica Henderson’s style and doesn’t try to show off. The accents he lends add to the artwork and remind us that this is a fun comic book just when it needs it, notably at the beginning and when the confrontation with Kraven gets emotionally intense. Rico’s colors are at their best when Squirrel Girl tries to think of ways to defeat Kraven, exactly where Erica changes her style slightly to differentiate her imagination from reality.

This is a fun comic, and perfect for all ages. I recommend it, but it does get a little meta in how it handles super-heroes and the back-and-forth with the talking Squirrels can be a little confusing. Squirrel Girl is a very likable character, and her method for hiding her tail is one of the best methods for maintaining a secret identity I’ve seen in a long time. This works as a comic book, and reminds us that comics, even super-hero comics should be fun once in a while.