It came out a tad ago, but I finally got the time to read and greatly enjoy, "The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl". Who is Squirrel Girl though? A bit of a cult-character, Doreen Green AKA Squirrel Girl first appeared in a 1980's Marvel-short where she helped Iron Man defeat Doctor Doom (yes really). After that she disappeared until the 2000's when she popped-up in the Great Lakes Avengers/X-men (they use various names) comics which were a somewhat comedic take on super-heroes struggling to make a difference in a world where Z-list folk like them can barely compete with big-time heroes. It was written by Dan Slott and much of the thanks for Squirrel Girl gaining popularity belongs with him. She appeared in some other comics after that, but the running-joke has always been despite her unassuming name and power-set she is a huge danger to villains, capable of defeating even cosmic-size threats such as Thanos...
"The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" #1 Rocks!
We open with Doreen Green going off to college and nary a mention of any past experiences her character has had for those worried about continuity leading to confusion. Her faithful side-kick Tippy Toe is there too, arguing about the point of going to college while Doreen struggles to hide her squirrel-gifts from others. We meet her new roommate, and watch her defeat Kraven the Hunter in her own unique way--continuing the trend of her being impossible to defeat. It is a relatively mellow issue, especially considering how the next will apparently take Squirrel Girl to the moon for a fight with Galactus!
The Obsession with Events and "Important" books...
|There are countless version of "The Avengers",|
so how will it be that new or different?
Then of course, there is the problem of how if a book isn't a huge galaxy-changing comic it is somehow less important than the latest "Avengers" or "X-Men" comic that kills off some hero who will return in a few months. Just because a book is in continuity but not "important" it is absurd to act like it is less worth reading. One reason I'm doing more independent books or enjoying comics from the Big Two that are out of continuity (You rock, "Injustice"!") is if a book lacks the pressure of "mattering" in some big comic-Universe it can really cut loose more--like our titular Squirrel Girl's book does.
|The biggest continuity-aspect of this book is one thing that gets mentioned.|
Namely, how "Squirrel Girl" was living at the "Avengers Mansion" previously.
Apparently in some older Avenger-comics she was a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' baby.
In the end whatever makes more money and gets more press will get the most copies made. I suppose only time will tell if Marvel will try more out-there books, with it being more likely if titles such as "Squirrel Girl" can make a big splash in the market. For now, at least I can enjoy this debut issue of "Squirrel Girl" and joyfully award it...
5 out of 5 stars.
End-Note 1: "Ms. Marvel" admittedly came out of "Infinity" but you don't have to know much about that to enjoy it.
End-Note 2: I have to confess I do continue to enjoy "Captain America and the Mighty Avengers" which grew out of the most-recent "Mighty Avengers" even if I'm sick of most other Avengers titles.