Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi
One of the things I’ve really enjoyed about The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is seeing our heroine finding alternative methods to violence when it comes to dealing with super villains. While I’ll have generally have no problems with solving criminal-related problems with fisticuffs, it’s refreshing to see super crime being dealt with in new ways from time to time. Variety is the spice of life after all, and if I want to get my punch on, there’s still the vast majority of super hero comics to consume.
With that being said, seeing an actual super power thrown down occur in this month’s issue of TUSG feels like something different, especially since it deals with long time, well established Squirrel Girl/Doctor Doom beef. There’s also some more cerebral elements to the book as well, but it’s cool seeing Erica Henderson drawing an actual fight scene. It’s VERY old school Looney Tunes in a way, given her style, but Doom still looks rad as hell, as Henderson channels some serious Jack Kirby when drawing him. I also enjoyed seeing Henderson draw one of her favorite Marvel characters in this book, leading to a cute gag involving cosplay and another hilarious cameo from an established Marvel character. Henderson is fantastic as always, and she gives the readers so much to enjoy on a visual level. Colorist Rico Renzi‘s skills once again compliment Henderson wonderfully, although once again my print copy of the book looks way worse than the digital one. This is the 2nd time this has happen to me, meaning that I may be curse and that Marvel needs to hire better printers.
Speaking of Doom, you may be wondering how Doom is appearing in this book if you’re also reading Invincible Iron Man and/or The Secret Wars. Without spoiling things, it’s explained, and it make sense….well it makes sense for issue of Squirrel Girl. I really dig writer Ryan North’s voice for Doom, which reads as one would expect Victor Von would, and makes him the straight man to hi jinks in this book, while still making him a credible threat. Doom’s one of the best villains in comics, but there’s something about the character constantly referring to himself in the third person that can be used for some really strong comedic bits. North capitalizes on it well, without “ruining” in the character for purists. I didn’t know I wanted Doom to play off of Nancy Whitehead, but much like Nancy and Loki, this is a fantastic series of interactions.
Once again Henderson, North, and Renzi give us an super enjoyable issue of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, which mixes some quality humor with some high stakes action. I love how this creative team constantly raises the stakes for Doreen Green, but the book never takes itself too serious. My only problem with it is that it sometime goes a little to tech/computer talk heavy and loses me a bit because I am dumb. But that aside, it’s a fantastic comic, that’s a ton of fun to read, and something I wish the Big 2 would put out more of.