Sunday, March 29, 2015

Why Squirrel Girl?

Squirrel Girl is pretty much universally loved.

If she were a wrestler, Squirrel Girl, aka Doreen Green, would be the ultimate babyface.  Some of the cream of Marvel's supervillain crop have jobbed for her in a pretty serious way, with opponent after opponent going down in defeat to her bright-eyed and bushy-tailed ways.

Doctor Doom.  Thanos.  Galactus.

Heck, even some of Marvel's premiere heroes have gone down for the count when facing off against her - Deadpool and Wolverine, for example.  No one was safe against Doreen Green's popularity.

Thankfully for the rest of the Marvel Universe, things eventually settled down and Doreen took on the role of nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' baby girl.  Personally, I always thought this was a suitably adorable role for her to play.

That being said, outside forces have happily conspired to launch Squirrel Girl back onto the central stage of public awareness.  Ryan North and Erica Henderson were tapped to launch the brand-new Unbeatable Squirrel Girl monthly book.  And while we're only 3 issues in, I think it's fair to call the project a resounding success.

North has brought his trademark humour and wit and Henderson her superb cartooning abilities to deliver a Squirrel Girl who is all kinds of amazing.  Their SG is a very self-aware lady, as she knows she is a fish out of water starting up as a freshman at Empire State University.  But she's also rather self-assured, ready for anything, whether it's throwing down with Kraven the Hunter or making new friends on campus.  Above all, she - and the book - are all kinds of fun.  It's evident that the creative team is having a great time making this book and they want their readership to have the same going through.  Thankfully for everyone, that is coming through in a big way.

Seriously, I don't know of many more enjoyable books hitting stands at the moment, so I'm rather excited for a week of squirrel-y scripts.  Come on and join in if you'd like - you'd be nuts not to.

Shall we?

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