The Un­beat­able Squir­rel Girl

Nutty su­per­heroics

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Comics -

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Pub­lisher: Marvel Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Hen­der­son

Marvel’s never

been afraid to ex­plore the kook­ier edges of its comic- book uni­verse, and they don’t get much kook­ier than Doreen Green, aka Squir­rel Girl. A teenage hero with the pro­por­tional strength and speed of a squir­rel ( and a nifty bushy tail), she’s been bat­tling evil in her own off­beat style since 1992, and now she’s fi­nally got her own on­go­ing se­ries fea­tur­ing un­pre­dictable ad­ven­tures, hi­lar­i­ous hu­mour and lots of squirrels.

Th­ese first four is­sues have a loose, en­gag­ing style as Doreen be­comes a stu­dent at Em­pire State Uni­ver­sity, but has to bal­ance her nor­mal life with un­ex­pected bat­tles against vil­lains like Kraven the Hunter, Whiplash and the worldeat­ing Galac­tus. Charm­ing, self- aware and ac­ces­si­ble, it’s an all- ages su­per­hero romp pitched as pure com­edy, and Marvel have sen­si­bly drafted in Adventure Time comic writer Ryan North, who show­cases ex­actly the right blend of wit and weird­ness.

Ev­ery page is packed to burst­ing with jokes, and while Erica Hen­der­son’s stylised and car­toony art takes a lit­tle get­ting used to, it matches the lu­di­crous tone and pulls off a mas­sive num­ber of adorable sight gags.

This kind of all- out com­edy doesn’t al­ways have stay­ing power in to­day’s comic mar­ket­place ( the re­cent, sim­i­larly fun She- Hulk run only lasted 12 is­sues). But while it’s hard to say ex­actly how long The Un­beat­able Squir­rel Girl may last, it’s worth trea­sur­ing ev­ery is­sue, as this is a glee­fully nutty and thor­oughly en­joy­able su­per­hero adventure. Saxon Bul­lock The orig­i­nal artist to draw Squir­rel Girl ( who also de­signed her first cos­tume) was Steve Ditko, co- cre­ator of Spi­der- Man.

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