Alright, Squirrel Girl, Volume 1 is currently only £1.99 on Kindle. You have zero reason not to read this. Plus, it’s *%&!ing awesome.
Plot summary: 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!
I first heard of Squirrel Girl when my boyfriend was watching an unboxing video on YouTube, of some geeky, comic book merchandice subscription box. I don’t have a whole lot of interest (I mean, unless it’s exactly the same video, but involving twirly teenage girls stood in front of bookshelves and YA novels) so I was reading my book and desperately pretending I was alone in the house. As you do. Only, when I looked up, I saw one of those Funko Pop figure things of essentially the cutest thing ever – Squirrel Girl.
She looked so interesting that I did a quick Google and found that she was actually a Marvel superhero, and had been for decades, although there was a reboot that had been running from 2015. The first volume was only £1.99 on Kindle… and here we are.
I loved Squirrel Girl, Volume 1: Squirrel Power from the literally the very first page. She’s sat on a branch humming ‘her’ theme tune, by which I mean some loosely rhyming couplets set (intentionally) to the Spider-Man theme tune. At the bottom of the page there’s a snarky aside about how you’ll have that stuck in your head all day now… which I did, naturally.
It’s just fun. She’s not the most kick-ass of superheroes. I mean, she’s a squirrel, come on. But she is pretty awesome. She wears actual clothes, she’s pleasant, and she’s pretty cheerful. And she does manage to beat Galactus, admittedly not in the most conventional in ways. I suppose I’d say that I wouldn’t necessarily want her in a fight, but I’d be happy to have her problem-solving abilities on board.
The light-heardness nature of Squirrel Girl, Volume 1 actually works really well. It makes a nice change from all those dark, gritty, morbid superhero graphic novels that are on trend nowadays. This is funny and cheerful. I love the squirrels. I love her sidekick, Tippy-Toe, and all the other munchkins that help her out on a day-to-day basis. I finished it, and it made me happy instead of morose and somewhat traumatised.
Iron Man features, as does Dr Doom, Galactus, Kraven the Hunter and a couple of others. Squirrel Girl isn’t a stand alone hero, is what I’m trying to say. Now I’ve started to look, she’s featured in crossovers with a lot of the more mainstream heroes. I somehow doubt she’ll be appearing in the next Avengers film though…
In short, I’d really recommend this. I’m going to buy a physical copy of it because it’s the sort of thing I need to own, and I’ve already bought Squirrel Girl: Volume 2. It’s funny, quirky and light-hearted and it’s up there with one of the best graphic novels I’ve ever read.
The creators, Ryan North and Erica Henderson, have an Unbeatable Squirrel Girl tumblr, which you should definitely check out.