Chiik Chuuk Chik! That’s Northeastern Squirrelese for you Squirrel Girl novices!
I have no idea why I waited so long to read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Erica Henderson and Ryan North. Last week I bought Volume 1 (Issues #1-4) from My Parent’s Basement, Atlanta’s newest comic book bar. Doreen Green (aka Squirrel Girl) is a college freshman with squirrel blood – she possesses the proportional speed and strength of a squirrel, oh and she has a tail. One of my favorite lines in the first issue is I’m Doreen Green, completely regular college student who knows how to tuck her her tail into her pants… and who just happens to appear to have a conspicuously large and conspicuously awesome butt. Let’s do this.
I can’t sing enough of Squirrel Girl’s praises – Doreen Green is funny and brave, she wants to be a normal college girl while saving the world. Her sidekick is Tippy-Toe, an adorable squirrel with a pink bow. Nancy Whitehead is her college roommate who loves to knit and illegally keeps her cat Mew in the dorms. Doreen has a crush on a boy named Tomas Lara-Perez with the dreamiest cheekbones. North and Henderson do a phenomenal job of bringing Doreen and her friends to life, Doreen feels like a girl I could have gone to school with, been friends with.
Volume 1 contains some great extras too – the back pages show off some truly amazing variant covers, here’s just one example from Skottie Young. The collection also includes Marvel Super-Heroes Issue #8 – Squirrel Girl’s first appearance in 1991. Truth be told, Doreen’s original caricature is a little bit terrifying haha but you’ll just have to see for yourself.
If you haven’t picked up The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl yet, what are you waiting for???