A friend of mine used to manage a local video game and comic book shop. When the store was slow and we were hanging out discussing which comics were awesome and why, he tried to convince me that Squirrel Girl was the best character ever and should have her own empire of franchised games, movies, and (obviously) a comic series all her own. I had never heard of the character.
At the time, I thought he was crazy. A girl with the powers of a squirrel? A “squirrel girl” if you will?
Now we live in a world where The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 is on shelves and we can buy it with actual money. Now we live in a world where I know that Dave was right all along.
The book opens with Squirrel Girl singing her own theme song to the tune of the 60’s Spider-Man cartoon theme. It lines up perfectly, I checked. This sets the tone for a very self-aware book full of witty dialogue and great sight gags thanks to the fantastic artwork by Erica Henderson and wonder writing by Ryan North.
Being the first issue of an ongoing series there is a lot of setup happening. It’s handled well and the book moves at a good clip after the initial fight scene/opening theme song. Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl’s “secret” identity) has decided it’s finally time to move out of the Avengers Mansion attic (her “secret” apartment) and to grow into a more well rounded individual by becoming a computer science major.
After a brief introduction to her roommate with a silly name who does not like it made fun of, a well known Marvel villain appears on campus and it’s up to Squirrel Girl to figure out what his deal is.
This issue is packed with great character moments and does a good job of endearing Doreen Green to the audience right from the start. From the way she hides her tail (which I was not completely sure was part of her costume when I first started reading or not) to the Deadpool shoutouts in playing card form, and the extra bits of content written in a very pale yellow below the main artwork, this book is a very fun read. If you hate humor and think superhero books should be serious business at all times, steer clear.
No spoilers, but the setup for issue two escalates things about as much as you possibly could between issues. I can’t wait to see where they go with this series.