Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #27

I did it, I read my first Squirrel Girl story. Squirrel Girl? You know…the heroine who talks to squirrels and defeats villains like, Galactus, and Thanos (yep look it up). It’s as nutty as it sounds, but sometimes nutty works for me. Does this issue of “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” succeed to entertain? The question that’s burning your brain right now (potentially), and the reason you’re reading this review (probably). Don’t you fret, I’ll relieve your ever so curious brain.

The issue starts out…it has this part where…how do I recap a story like this? The issue’s goal changed time at least three times. It starts out with everyone mysteriously being obsessed with how Squirrel Girl defeated Galactus. (I am wondering the same thing) Then later, the story is about trying to make a cat speak, so she can give squirrel Girl some intel. After that, the issue is about saving some green squirrels. This may sound confusing, but only because it is. I’m telling you a lot, without telling you much.

Now to answer the question of the day. Simply put my answer is, no. “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” does not work for me. As I’ve alluded to, this issue was all over the place. I wish the comic had picked a story goal and stuck with it. Unfortunately, this is not my only complaint. Since this book was so random, so may my complaints.

The art was a bit too cartoony for me. Perhaps it’s supposed to look really cartoony, but I just couldn’t enjoy the art. Not for lack of skill, but for the style chosen for the book. The art did not help the issue’s case in any way. In many regards, it did the opposite.

I was trying to figure out if this book was meant for kids or not. The story just couldn’t have been for anyone older than twelve. Plus it would explain the cartoony art.  On the other hand, I wouldn’t have green squirrels trying to survive a bomb situation, in a book meant for small kids. Galactus’ presence as the destroyer of worlds may also rock the mind of a five-year-old. Considering the presence of references to the rest of the current Marvel universe, the “just for kids” idea didn’t pan out. I really wanted to blame this book on the target audience, but oh well, I tried. A much easier task would be to continue my complaints of this book.

The portrayal of Loki in this comic was disheartening. They made Loki out to be a bumbling idiot. They kind of made a big joke of him being the new Sorcerer Supreme, even though I think that’s a pretty big deal. I just had too many problems with this book. The Silver Surfer was a mix between a thug and a surfer dude on steroids. Even though this comic provided a couple of chuckles, it issued a lot of raised eyebrows.

I’ve wondered what the appeal to Squirrel Girl was and thought maybe I’d find out. Is it the humor of a superhero who talks to squirrels? Is it found in the comedic way that she always wins despite her power set? Maybe it’s all in the name Squirrel Girl? As I read, I failed to find the appeal. Squirrel Girl just isn’t my piece of cake I guess.I don’t like giving negative reviews, but I dislike giving dishonest reviews even more. Squirrel Girl is too weird for me. And this is coming from a guy who got interested in the Ninja Turtles as a teenager.

(W) Ryan North (A/CA) Erica Henderson

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