The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is here to kick butts and eat nuts

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Doreen Green is a totally normal teenager. She's starting college, she's a fan of the Avengers, she's trying to get her new roommate to like her… and she has "the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel." She can talk to squirrels, and she's here, squirrel-like, to "kick butts and eat nuts." She's Squirrel Girl!

When the cashier at my local comic book store told me about Squirrel Girl I thought he was pulling my leg — she's half-girl, half-squirrel? And she's unbeatable? Squirrel Girl is a hoot. There are dilemmas universal (How does one save the world from a super-villain?) and personal (How does one hide her tail in her jeans?). You can race through Squirrel Girl reading for the goofy plot and funny banter, or you can stop and linger over the fine details and hidden wisecracks.

Some comics are written with the long-time dedicated fan in mind, but Squirrel Girl also works for people who are new to the series, or even new to comics. Iron Man plays a role, but it's clear from context who he is — and if you've seen the movies, you've got all the backstory you need. And Thanos makes an appearance, as does Galactus, but Deadpool helpfully has provided trading cards to bring you up to speed — and let's be honest, these aren't subtle characters here, you can figure it out as you go along. Squirrel Girl is suitable for elementary school kids through adulthood (and beyond! No, wait, that doesn't work).

– Sara Lorimer

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Vol. 1: Squirrel Power

by Ryan North (author) and Erica Henderson (illustrator)


2015, 128 pages, 6.6 x 10.2 x 0.2 inches (softcover)

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