I’m a pretty big fan of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl comics in general, but this issue is absolutely wonderful. Full disclosure, it’s not part of the normal Squirrel Girl run, and in fact, it barely features Doreen at all, but it is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, so I fully recommend that everyone buy a copy.
This issue is a comic extravaganza, which means that writer Ryan North wrote a series of one shots stories about a bunch of different heroes (with the exception of a Howard the Duck short written by Erica Henderson), and all of them are drawn by a different artist. A variety of artists are featured, some more indie artists such as Madeline McGrane to Jim Davis, creator of the world-famous Garfield comic strip.
Each short features different characters, including Wolverine, Spider-man, Kraven, Galactus and Loki. My personal favorite, though, I think was the one about Tippy-Toe (Doreen’s adorable squirrel sidekick), where she is pretending to be Batman, with art by Rico Renzi. And though I’m not usually a fan of Wolverine, I actually really enjoyed his short as well.
All of the shorts, however, are funny, cute, and entertaining. While there obviously isn’t much in the way of plot, the writing is still features North’s usual wit and humor, and he clearly put a lot of effort into each short, no two of them are alike nor do any of them feel forced or rushed. And the in-universe premise is adorable: they’re doing this all to save a library wrecked in a superhero fight.
I honestly love this sort of book, it’s not just a great exhibit of comic book art and also a heart-warming tribute to the comic book community. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this comic and seeing all of the love that went into it, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who loves Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, or even just comics in general.
Writing: 5 Stars
Art: 5 Stars
Rating: 5 Stars
(W) Ryan North, Erica Henderson (A) Razzah, Rico Renzi, Chip Zdarsky, Michael Cho, Carla Speed McNeil, Tom Fowler, Anders Nilsen, Jim Davis (CA) Erica Henderson