The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is the kind of nonsense comedy that you need in your life in these troubling times. No matter how hard your day was, if you crack this book open you’re bound to laugh at the silly nature of the characters and their adventures. That is never more true than today, when Squirrel Girl goes on an adventure with the help from of than ten creators across ten comedic vignettes.
So what’s it about?
The official summary reads:
In this special standalone issue, Squirrel Girl has convinced, cajoled, and otherwise induced her friends in the Marvel Universe to make comics of their own! For the very first time, find out what kind of comics your favorite Marvel characters would REALLY make! Will Tony Stark write author-insert coffee-shop alternate-reality comics where everyone talks up how great he is? It seems likely, and yet, he has given us something EVEN CRAZIER to publish! Featuring TONS of special guest artists, including a legendary comic strip artist making his Marvel debut! This unique view of both Squirrel Girl and the Marvel Universe is sure to make readers laugh, turn the page, read a bit, see a new joke, and then laugh again! It may also make readers say, “Oh my gosh you’ve gotta read this comic; I’m so glad I purchased it at my local comic-book store and will definitely patronize them again in the near future!!” NO OTHER COMIC is making this explicit promise this month, so in our opinion you should definitely order our talking squirrel comic book.
Why does this matter?
The art is by some masters and some masterclass acts (and some masterclass act acts) like Rahzzah, Michael Cho, Carla Speed McNeil, Rico Renzi, Jim Davis and Chip Zdarsky. Wait, Jim Davis of Garfield? Yes! Plus some guy named Ryan North wrote most of the stories (with help by the awesome Erica Henderson).
Fine, you have my attention. What’s good about it?
This made me burst out laughing.
I wasn’t sure what to expect from this comic because it’s already nonsensical, but spread that over ten vignettes and it’s bound to be incomprehensible! Luckily there’s a nice opening and closing story to give it all a bit of purpose in between, though to be fair most of these stories have no relation to each other and they’re all quite wacky. The stories range from a Howard the Duck single pager drawn by Zdarsky which gets awkward very fast when Howard and a woman make out, to Michael Cho drawing a Kraven story written from the villain’s perspective. Both are hilarious in their own ways.
The stories here are all quite silly and should make you crack a smile at the very least. Jim Davis basically drawing Galactus as Garfield and Silver Surfer as Jon and it’s pretty hilarious. Who knew taking the lasagna eating fat cat and converting him to an eater of worlds could be so funny? Davis’ art is fantastic too (with a great pop of color by Rico Renzi) and it’s very clean and actually quite pretty. Your opinion will differ depending on the story since comedy is pretty subjective, but the Tippy-Toe comic by Rico Renzi and Ryan North is pretty hilarious. Rendered with an almost paper layering like South Park it’s way over the top and super cute. Both of these stories embody that balance of cute and funny which is the epitome of what makes this comic great.
Amongst the hilarity is a fun thinker of a story by Anders Nilsen (with colors by Soren Iverson) that captures an interesting moment between Wolverine and a Sentinel. The Sentinel wants to do a good thing, but must gain Wolverine’s trust. The script is flipped so to speak and Logan must overcome his prejudice.
It’ll make you think.
It can’t be perfect can it?
Not every story is going to click, though. The Spider-Man comic for instance, which uses one picture used earlier in the comic across a full page didn’t do much for me. The Loki comic is a clever idea and well drawn, but it was a one off more than anything else. But hey, that’s the beauty of a multi-story comic!
Is It Good?
Need some respite from the heavy news and hard days at work? Need an anti-anxiety medication? Read Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. 9 out of 10 doctors agree!