Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Review by Yaika Sabat
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Volume 1 & 2
READ THIS COMIC!
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is basically a perfect comic.
Don’t get me wrong, if you’re looking for Frank Miller style grit, you probably won’t agree that Squirrel Girl is comic perfection. But if you’re looking for a genuinely fun, enjoyable, not afraid to be ridiculous in the best way comic, then this is the book for you.
There are those people like my brother who, when told the premise of Squirrel Girl, say things like, “that makes me not regret not actively following comics anymore.” To those people I say, “READ THE COMIC.” Actually, I don’t say anything to people who say that. I just nod, and continue reading the awesome book. The crazy amount of laughter that comes from me reading the book convinces them that they have to read it.
And yes, my brother did read it. When finished, he said, “Yeah, that book is pretty funny.”
Victory for Squirrel Girl. There’s a reason they call her Unbeatable.
Really though, the writing is smart and hilarious, and the characters are so lovingly crafted that you can’t help but want to hang out with them every issue. The little touches, like the twitter-esque newsfeed recap at the beginning of issue, is not only fitting for today, but also so, so funny. You get to hear characters speak who don’t even appear in the book, and it’s wonderful.
Squirrel Girl is a total optimist without being annoying. She still gets angry and annoyed by stuff, but she has an unbreakable spirit and enough awkwardness to make you love her. She is an amazing, cool, strong female role model without being a character that beats you over the head with girl power tropes. On top of all that goodness she has some pretty handy powers. No, really, I know squirrel powers sound funny and not at all intimidating, but they’re useful! Superhuman strength and agility, a prehensile tail, some solid buck teeth, and the ability to communicate with all squirrels all come in handy. If you doubt me, remember Squirrel Girl beat Doctor Doom. Just remember that. Best of all, she loves being a superhero and takes the little challenges it presents in stride. Half of the time she relies more on her wits and empathy to defeat enemies more than she does her powers. It’s nice to have a hero who is embracing their role and having a party with it.
The supporting cast, especially Squirrel Girl’s college roommate Nancy, are an awesome bunch. New characters and beloved Marvel characters also get featured during her adventures. Better yet, even though there are classic characters in the book, which is a mega treat for a comic nerd like me, you don’t have to have read other comics to love this series. It stands on its own, especially when most people at least recognize characters like The Avengers.
Honestly, Ryan North’s writing has made me laugh more than pretty much anything I’ve watched/read recently. Oh, and the ART! The art is colorful, playful, with a cartoon edge that adds the right amount of freedom without turning overly cutesy. The color scheme alone is to die for. Erica Henderson and Rico Ronzi are art/color geniuses, and I honestly want to hug them for setting the tone for the story SO perfectly with their work.
Oh, and the puns. THE PUNS, y’all. All over the place. So good.
There are so many little things I just adore about this series, and I won’t even mention all of them here, because I think some of them are more magically fun when you stumble upon them for yourself. Which means, of course, that you need to READ THIS COMIC. I will give you the hint to look at the bottom of the pages…and to prepare to giggle in Asgard–that’s it though, no more hints.
You won’t regret it. I love Preacher, the Killing Joke, Alan Moore, anything Neil Gaiman, and basically all sorts of so called “serious” and “adult” comics, and I LOVE Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. To me, it is the perfect example of balance in the comic world. For every darker themed work out there, there should be a ray of pop-colored sunshine to balance it out. Comics are a stronger genre when they have all types of stories, and Squirrel Girl is bringing something to the mix that, personally, I have really missed having around.
I will be getting my hands on the next issues as soon as humanly possible, because not knowing what adventures come next is, quite frankly, driving me nuts.
Until next time…..Yaika S.