The 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.
Review by Robb McKinney.