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    Review: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #8

    Review of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

    unbeatable squirrel girl #8The aloof humor and loose, almost juvenile art in “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” are matched only by the wonderfully illogical storylines and strong feminist lead. Issue #8 begins with love in the air as Squirrel Girl faces the fact that not acting on her feelings for Tomas has – for some reason – resulted in him not knowing that she has feelings for him, which has in turn resulted in him going on a date with someone else. (Not to worry, though, as she’s “Super cool with this!”)

    Deciding that action needs to be taken in order for S.G. to find a soul mate, her friends convince her to try online dating. She reluctantly agrees, and everyone pitches in to help her create an online dating profile for her. Group-sourcing a dating profile for a girl who has a secret identity as a super hero with the powers of squirrels is exactly as challenging and humorous as you’d expect.

    The interested male suitors are as absurd a mix as can be: there is a sprinkling of super villains, heroes, and guys who are weirdly anti-squirrel. Date after date is a failure, and while out with her last potential Mr. Squirrel Girl (a super hero “truther”), things go from bad to disaster when a typical B-list “USG” super villain bursts onto the scene. Or maybe that’s an improvement, rather than a disaster?

    This issue ends with a cliffhanger that promises some action, but knowing this title, the next issue could consist entirely of Squirrel Girl mowing the lawn, which is exactly the kind of thing I keep coming back for.

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #08, Written by: Ryan North, Artist: Erica Henderson, Trading card artist: Chris Schweizer, Marvel $3.99

    Review by Robb McKinney.

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    Review: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7

    Review of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7

    unbeatable squirrel girl #7Those 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.

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #07, Written by: Ryan North, Artist: Erica Henderson, Trading card artist: Joey Ellis $3.99

    Review by Robb McKinney.

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    Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6

    unbeatable squirrel girl #9 cover artThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has been around the Marvel Universe since the ‘90s, but has come into her own since the release of her own series. The art by Erica Henderson is as – always – playful with a vintage feel. Ryan North and Chip Zdarsky clearly have a love for comics in general and Marvel Universe canon in particular, and prove it once again in “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #6.

    We are immediately taken back to “Months ago… (i.e. after ‘Squirrel Girl’ #8, but before ‘Squirrel Girl’ #1!) (Comics, everybody!),” where Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl) and her friend Nancy are discussing making a new costume for Squirrel Girl (not to fear; the utility belt is staying!) when the universe’s greatest investigative water fowl, Howard the Duck (whose own comic was revived by Zdarsky more or less just to tie in with this story arc), steals Nancy’s cat in what turns out to be a case of mistaken cat-dentity.

    As Squirrel Girl and Howard are sorting out the mix-up, a van with an A-Team body and an Ed Beard-ish airbrushed scene on the side (van art actually by Joe Quinones) roars up to them. Kraven the hunter steps out of the – wait for it – Kra-Van to collect one Mr. The Duck to deliver to an as-yet-unnamed villain.

    Squirrel Girl tracks them to a “weird creepy mansion in the middle of nowhere’s attic,” where we meet Ms. Sugarbaker, a cosplayer who is as crazy as she is wealthy and who has a “Most Dangerous Game” plan in mind for our heroes as well as some other recognizable Marvel folks. In future issues, I’ll be especially looking forward to some action from newbie Weapon II, a squirrel survivor of the Weapon X program!

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Written by Ryan North and Chip Zdarsky, Art by Erica Henderson. Published by Marvel Comics.

    Review by Robb McKinney.

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