The jokes are quick, the story is funny, and the general plot remains serious.
Why has it taken so long to make Silver Surfer an actual surfer dude? But I’m getting ahead of myself. Fresh off the publication of her successful fundraising-ezine (featuring a hilarious comic by Galactus himself), Squirrel Girl finds herself…out of the main plot. The issue focuses mostly on Nancy and Tippy Toe while Doreen seeks the aid of the Sorcerer Supreme, Loki (who drops a fabulous line about gender fluidity and fashion sense).
Nancy and Tippy Toe are confronted by their friends and even Nancy’s professor asking about Squirrel Girl’s defeating the World-Eater Galactus. If that seems odd, well, it is. And then it gets weirder. With some strong-willed refusal to play along, the duo find themselves on a planet of space-faring, hyper-intelligent squirrels (they terraform other moons and planets to cover them in oak trees), kidnapped across space — well, Tippy Toe was clearly the one they were after, with her pet Nancy dragged along in tow — to save the squirrels from Galactus’ unquenchable appetite.
I adore the ridiculousness of this storyline and how seriously everyone not in the Squirrel Squad takes everything. Silver Surfer and his entorauge of cosmic surfer dudes arrive in a spaceship (hmmmm) to demand that the squirrel aliens (squaliens?) hand over treasure to avoid the tummy of Galactus. This one seems out of character, but the squaliens seriously only have acorns.
Meanwhile, back on Earth, Squirrel Girl heads downtown to Bleeker Street to the Sanctom Sanctorum of the Sorcerer Supreme, who she is surprised to find is actually everyone’s favorite son of Jotunheim, Loki. She’s headed there to get a spell to talk to a cat. Because no other cat-based Marvel heroes can actually speak to cats. Doreen checks. With all of them. It’s a great page. Biggs the Cyborg Cat is perhaps my favorite of the bunch because I feel that he is just saying what all cats are thinking when they’re not actively trying to claw out your eyes.
Of course, while the Trickster god is playing dress-up the super hero, he and SG are interrupted by an unexpected guest whose rage is directed directly at the Sorcerer Supreme, no matter who wears the mantle.
This issue, as always, is delightful. The jokes are quick, the story is funny, and the general plot remains serious as to the consequences without losing the joy that inhabits every page of Squirrel Girl. Writer Ryan North is quick and clever and artist Erica Henderson is the perfect person to pencil the provocative perlurious programmer. Throwing her in with Loki while battling yet another world-destroying entity is certainly going to be a fun way to keep her occupied while Nancy and Tippy find a way to fend off Galactus and his cadre of cosmic surfer bro con-men.