- File Size: 127670 KB
- Print Length: 168 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (August 19, 2015)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B013H37TUK
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power (The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015)) Kindle & comiXology
|Length: 168 pages|
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I chose this particular comic because it sounded amusing. And at times it is. At other times it tries too hard to be cheeky. The plot line is that Squirrel Girl is going off to college and tries to blend in. She meets a cute boy and her roommate is a caustic cat lover who likes to knit. I guess I was hoping for more about the college experience and blending in. Most of the plot involved Squirrel Girl, her squirrel friend Tippy Toe, and a band of assorted squirrels fighting crime and bad guys. There were several prominent bad guys like Doctor Doom and some other characters that are no doubt familiar to Marvel Comic aficionados. The fighting of bad guys really holds no interest for me. Full disclosure #2: I have not seen any of the Marvel movies or TV shows.
This is so not in my wheelhouse. But that is the point of a reading challenge and I do appreciate reading something that I would never have chosen on my own. Just don't make me read it again! I liked the effort at humor, though sometimes it was overdone. I also liked the layers of humor, so that different age groups would find different things humorous. There were little notes from the author at the bottom of each page providing some commentary. This is a good example of the author trying to be cute or funny and it fell flat for me. I stopped reading them. I appreciated the diversity of the characters. The illustrations were not to my taste. Obviously the people behind the Marvel enterprise know what they are doing. They just aren't doing it for me!
The writing is from Ryan North of Dinosaur Comics and most recently the Adventure Time Comic. Art is by the Indie / Alternative darling Erica Henderson. The art is charming and delightful in it's simplicity and quirkiness. The writing is simplistic but equally charming. This is a book that can be enjoyed by the very young and the very old and everybody in between.
Doreen Green is Squirrel Girl and she is an over night sensation. That is if you consider 25 years over night. Created by Steve Ditko (Spider-Man's co-creator) and Will Murray ( author of new Doc Savage and Tarzan Novels) in 1990. She was kept alive by writers such as Dan Slott who placed her in his Great Lakes Avengers. Some credit must also be given to G Willow Wilson who's Ms. Marvel reboot proved their was a market for books featuring teen aged girl super-heroes.
Doreen Green who was fifteen in her first appearance is now old enough to start college (18 ?) We join the book as Doreen starts her college life. She has the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel. She also has a large bushy tail which she tucks in her pants when in her civilian identity so that she looks like Nicki Minaj. She also can talk with squirrels and have them do her bidding. Tippy-Toe the squirrel is her faithful friend and side kick.
This book should be also praised for giving us a young girl character with a realistic body type and not another big boobed centerfold shaped girl that you find in most superhero comics.
The first issue is a stand alone where she goes up against Kraven The Hunter. The manner in which she outwits Kraven is totally delightful.
Starting with issue #2 Doreen becomes aware of an eminent attack by Galactus and the next three stories culminate with there meeting. Along the way her roommate Nancy Whitehead gets in trouble during a bank robbery and we meet Whiplash of Iron Man fame.
The original Ditko / Murray story is included in which fifteen year old Squirrel Girl tries to have Iron-Man take her in as his sidekick . The two of them then must battle Doctor Doom.
Also included are all the delightful covers and alternative covers plus the original letter pages. Ryan North also includes his own silly commentary at the bottom of most pages in small little beige lettering. It is just barely visible.
OK so maybe Squirrel Girl isn't Steve Ditko's second best creation after Spider-Man. There is after all Doctor Strange, The Question, The Creeper, Mr. A and Hawk & Dove and many more. But I was afraid you wouldn't read this review if I said Ditko's twelfth best creation. What is true about this book is that it is absolutely charming and fun and you should love it.
My Highest Recommendation.
+The beginning of each issue has a twitter feed with what has been happening. It's silly but it made so happy.
+Beautiful female friendship. Nancy is a black woman, she loves cats and superheroes. And she is such a good friend.
+Nancy and Doreen are Computer Scientists students. It makes me happy because we need more women in the STEM, and they give facts about computers and programming.
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