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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (2015) #1

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl  1

Ryan North fits a lot of story into this issue of Squirrel Girl. Not only does he set up Squirrel Girl as a crime fighter, introducing her new life as a regular college student, he introduces her roommate, a possible love interest and gives her a great fight with Kraven.

Things move a little fast at times–Squirrel Girl has a few realizations where North doesn’t draw the reader a logical path–but there’s enough personality to make up for those rushed moments. Squirrel Girl’s sidekick squirrel, for example, grounds the scenes. Seriously. The talking squirrel (only to Squirrel Girl) grounds things.

The comic, at least in this first issue, has limited appeal. There’s a lot of Marvel trivia and it sometimes overshadows Squirrel Girl, but North tries to plot the issue so anyone can appreciate it.

Nice art from Erica Henderson–lots of personality to her New York City.

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