Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 1st, 2015 by Marvel
Due to continuously falling asleep while reading this week, I’m a bit behind on schedule when it comes to reading. So yes, you don’t have to check your calendar; it’s not Friday anymore!
“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 superhero in the world!“
When I first heard about Squirrel Girl, I thought…Marvel? This must be a joke, right? But when I noticed I could actually order it and it had the Marvel logo on the cover, I knew this was for realz.
Apparently, Squirrel Girl made an appearance in Marvel’s Super Heroes #8 (1990) in a story alongside Iron Man. What’s absolutely fantastic about this first Volume is that the story from that issue is included in the back of the book. Here’s what Squirrel Girl looked like back then and what she looks like now:
As you can see, she’s a lot more ‘realistic’ looking now. It’s something I really like about this comic because even though Doreen Green (a.k.a. Squirrel Girl) might be a college girl superhero, she still looks like an average girl with an average figure (plus they removed the weird Kiss-make-up obviously).
A bit more about Doreen: she’s a 17-year old Computer Science student with squirrel genes and a big fluffy squirrel tail. Together with her side kick, a regular (apart from wearing a pink bow) squirrel named Tippy-Toe, she fights crime! What’s so amazing about Squirrel Girls’ powers? Well, she can do basically anything a squirrel can do: jump/fly, climb trees, and crack nuts. Oh, and she’s very strong. And able to communicate with squirrels and summon them to her aid.
Yes, this all sounds a bit goofy and unconventional, but that’s what it’s supposed to be.
While fighting crime, Squirrel Girl uses cards from ‘Deadpool’s Guide to Super Villains’ to determine who her foe is and how to combat him/her. The cards are probably the greatest thing about this book. I love Deadpool and I love these cards.
What I like so much about Deadpool is that he doesn’t seem to take himself very seriously. Squirrel Girl does a bit of the same while making fun of other Marvel superheroes.
Now you might think that I’m completely smitten with this comic, but sadly, I’m not. I liked it and it was funny (I liked the little ‘hidden’ notes from the author on every page as well), but I think I surpassed the teen girl phase a little and it’s really aimed at that particular audience. There’s not a lot of violence (no real graphic violence at all) going on and Squirrel Girls’ powers are mostly cute if you ask me. This is why I can highly recommend it to younger girls, but it’s not entirely my cup of tea. I’m giving it 3 brownies because I did like it and was entertained by it. However, I liked the original issue from 1990 a lot more!
Oh, one more thing that’s pretty cool is the fanmail section:
You can write to Ryan and Erica and have your question (and their answer to it) featured in the next issue. How awesome is that?
I remember writing letters to the Donald Duck magazine and to the Babysitters’ Club Fan Club. Those were the days!