The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28

Publisher: Marvel Comics
Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Erica Henderson
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Travis Lanham

Review by Anelise Farris

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 is the second issue of a new arc for Doreen Green, our lovable computer science student/half-squirrel superhero. The previous issue was my first encounter with Squirrel Girl, and it was so much fun! This arc began right away with a mystery: the whole town is buzzing about Galactus (a figure Squirrel Girl defeated). Doreen’s friends Nancy and Tippy-Toe are kidnapped, and only Nancy’s cat seems to have any clue about what happened. As she doesn’t speak cat, Squirrel Girl asks the Sorcerer Supreme Loki to help find them, and, of course, mischief ensues.

The end of #27 left us in a dangerous situation with Loki and Squirrel Girl, and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 picks up right where we left off. Loki is complaining about having to deal with Dread Dormammu in his first week as Sorcerer Supreme, and the fight is not going well for either him or Squirrel Girl. Yet, despite the tense situation, the writing remains playful and humorous. And, when Squirrel Girl recalls Dormammu’s weakness, it finally seems that they may have a shot at escaping. Aggrieved squirrel ghosts to the rescue!

If that’s not enough, Drax the Destroyer (apparently Loki’s favorite Guardian of the Galaxy) is brought into The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 to take them to the planet where Nancy and Tippy-Toe are being kept. Along the way, they discover that poor Chtty and the Squirrels of Chitt-Crrt, who kidnapped them only to learn how to defeat Galactus, were victims to a cruel scam. Will Squirrel Girl and her gang come up with a plan to scam the scammers back? Welllll, kinda-sorta.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #28 continues to deliver quick, witty dialogue and bright, bold art. The way the characters are drawn, cartoonish and slightly off-kilter, works perfectly with Squirrel Girl’s vibe and the whole comic’s aesthetic. Although the stakes are high, the consistent humor and lighthearted art make this a fun read for all ages.

Verdict:
Buy it.
 If you are looking for a fun, superhero read that is just a bit different, you should be reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. In this issue, you get to see aggrieved squirrel ghosts getting closure, Drax learning to appreciate hugs, and Loki wearing an Abe Lincoln face—what’s not to love?

Anelise Farris
farranel@isu.edu
I'm a doctor that specializes in folklore and mythology, speculative fiction, and disability studies. Basically, I'm a professional geek. When not researching or teaching, I read; I write; I yoga; I travel; I play with my fur babies; and, I watch way too many (if that's a thing) horror movies.

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