Those of us in a certain age demographic might look back fondly at a series of juvenile lit books called “Choose Your Own Adventure.” The breakdown is that you would read the story, and at certain points, be faced with a choice, turn to the page of denoted by your decision, and carry on.
If there is a comic title in which the “CYOA” format fits right in, it’s probably “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!” Well, probably “Deadpool” as well, but we’ll have to settle for the Merc with the Mouth’s recurring role in “USG” by way of his “Deadpool’s Guide to Super Villains” card series. In issue #7, this handy-dandy card introduces Swarm, the telekinetically-controlled swarm of bees in villain form.
As you help guide Squirrel Girl through the issue, you’ll be responsible for helping her and her friends make the decisions that will allow her to save the day. Will she stay home to study calculus, or go investigate that strange buzzing sound? Will she go it alone or call in Koi Boy for backup? Will he ignore her call, only to later learn that Swarm has taken over the entire world through the unstoppable power of bees?
Most importantly, will you live up to the game’s judge, Galactus? At the end of the day, what’s at stake here is the fate of the planet. If you don’t make the correct decisions, if you aren’t the best Squirrel Girl you can be, our planet will, of course, be devoured.
So choose wisely.
Review by Robb McKinney.