Squirrel Girl readies her own series for winter
Marvel’s unlikeliest heroine is headlining her own comic in January. “My editor, Wil Moss, emailed me saying, basically, ‘ Hey, if you were to write a Squirrel Girl comic, what would it look like?’” says writer Ryan North. “The more I thought about it the more I thought, ‘ Oh gosh, I really want to write this comic.’ I sent them my pitch, they wrote back saying, ‘ How did you know this was exactly what we were looking for?’ which was very kind of them, and here we are! I’ve never done this before, but I wrote a theme song for her and put it in the pitch. Luckily they liked the song too!”
North snagged an Eisner Award in 2013 for his Adventure Time comic adaptation and he hopes The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will have the same wide appeal. “All ages means just that,” he says. “Like with Adventure Time, I wanted the book to be good for everyone, and my idea of that is just ‘ no swearing and everybody keeps their pants on’.”
What he doesn’t want to do is just ape the style of established comedy hit series Deadpool. “One of the differences between them is that Deadpool knows he’s a funny guy in a comic book. He’s in on the joke,” says North. “Squirrel Girl doesn’t know she’s in a comic. The threats are real to her.”
The opening arc sees the arboreal heroine heading to college. “But pretty soon she’s facing down villains with world- changing consequences,” says Ryan. “I don’t want to give away any names, but one of them starts with ‘ G’ and rhymes with ‘ Alactus’.”
Squirrel Girl flies into action in from January.
We’re sure this will be quite the tail. Er, tale.
Hulk attracts squirrels. This we have learned.