I really only got into graphic novels in recent years, but I'm heartened (or possibly concerned, I'm not sure which) to see them creep across the shelf of my bookcase where they all live as time passes. While it's true that graphic novels don't have to be about superheroes (and if you don't take my word for that, go read Saga or The Wicked and the Divine and see if you're not convinced) some of the best still are...
Which is where we come to talking about Doreen Green, star of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, whose adventures I've been reading with much enjoyment - I recently read volume 3, with collections also having the virtue of gathering together assorted issues of other comic runs which might be relevant (so, for volume 3, an issue of Howard the Duck since there was a crossover).
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is another example of talented writers and artists taking a character and making it their own, much like the current Ms Marvel run which has introduced and developed the amazing Kamala Khan. Doreen Green lives in the attic at Avengers Mansion and has recently started college, but still has time to battle against and alongside a wide range of classic Marvel villains and heroes. To date, by volume 3, we've already seen Doreen deal with Dr Doom, discuss her X-Men fanfic with Wolverine and travel back in time to the 1960's.
For me, the highlight of any issue is the footnotes, which can be found at the bottom of pretty much every page, full of in-jokes and references back to previous events. It's this, along with the liveliness of the writing and sheer obvious pleasure taken by everyone involved in making a viable superhero out of someone with the relative powers of a squirrel, that makes Unbeatable Squirrel Girl such a pleasure to read every time I get my hands on another volume. So, get ready to eat nuts and kick butts! :P
One sitting. My bum is flat, and I didn't sleep a wink. It was sooo worth it. I'm absolutely pumped.
Damn, was that good! The kind that makes you go and read the saga all over again. I mean, it had it all to be an unstoppable train of fun; scary Kate, some Julie, Teddy Jo (and I always want to smile when they call him that), Ghastek, ROMAN (who pretty much stole the best support character in this one) and even
Erra. She made and impression. Though I missed Hugh.
So good. I'm jittery. I'm going for vol. 1 now.
Wolverine, Deadpool, Doctor Doom, Thanos: There's one hero that's beaten them all-and now she's got her own ongoing series! (Not that she's bragging.) That's right, you asked for it, you got it, it's SQUIRREL GIRL! (She's also starting college this semester.) It's the start of a brand-new set of adventures starring the nuttiest and most upbeat super hero in the world!
***Wanda’s Summer Carnival of Children’s Literature***
Who’s a cute, sassy superhero who will appeal to girls? Why Squirrel Girl, of course. She’s smart, but a bit of an adorable dork. She eats nuts and kicks butts. Except she does much less butt kicking that you would expect from that slogan—she actually solves a lot of problems by making reasonable arguments and making friends—a good thing really, as I value those skills over butt-kicking.
Also appreciated is that (other than her fluffy squirrel tail) she has a normal human figure. No wasp waists or gigantic breasts. And she wears a modest outfit that is very suited to leaping through trees and doing other squirrelly things. Not gorgeous, but brainy and talented, I think a lot of nerdy girls will identify with her and enjoy her adventures.