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Chris’ Comics: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11

Got some bad news for you, the Forbidden Planet Faithful (or good if you’re a jerk!). This article is the one of the last three I’ll be writing for the ol Daily Planet, as the day job has The-Unbeatable-Squirrel-Girl-11-2016offered me a ton of a money for a new gig that’s going to eat up a lot of my time. I’d like to thank everyone who’s been reading my cra  content over the years, and I hope whoever replaces me is a bias towards Matt Fraction comics as I am.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11

Ryan North, Jacob Chabot, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi

Marvel $3.99

This month, regular series artist Erica Henderson is off due to working on the upcoming graphic novel “Squirrel Girl Vs. The Marvel Universe”.  Artist Jacob Chabot joins Ryan North and Rico Renzi for an issue is about Doreen Green facing off against Nightmare. Oh and a TON of computer science, which is par for the course for a book written by Ryan North. But hey, how many other 1pdopysuper hero book can actually claim they’ll teach you something educational?

Squirrel Girl fighting a bad guy in her sleep while using computer sciences facts is a weird premise, but Squirrel Girl is a book that’s always played by it own rules. Seeing SQ teach Count Nefari, (“Who?” in her own words) how to 31 on one hand is arguably one of the funniest moments in comics this year, thanks to North’s comedic timing and Chabot excellence body language. Having to fill in for Erica Henderson can’t be an easy job, but Chabot is absolutely wonderful on this issue. His style is as expressive as Henderson’s but with tighter pencils, and a better handling of more traditional looking super heroes. His art is also detailed back, putting some great visuals gags in panels that are already pretty humorous on their own ( see the page with KRAVEN THE COLLEGE ADMINISTRATOR for example). He also draws the most metal looking comics page featuring Venom and squirrels to date, so if that’s a selling point for you, be excited.

Even without his usual partner in crime, Ryan North is fantastic on this book. Hell I might go ahead and say this is his best single issue to date, excluding the wonderful choose your 182867_1000013_8own adventure issues. Not too many creators can balance humor, action and still make a comic educational, but North manages to do so with little effort. It’s a comic that’s very smart, but never in a way that’s overwhelming. And his dialogue is always hilarious, be it Squirrel Girl wishing she was throwing down with Puppy Man, or peppering up the bottom of his pages with great alt text.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #11 is another fantastic done in one that will delight and educate you.  As someone who finds himself pulling less and less Marvel book each much due to a variety of reasons (mostly due to Civil War 2 though), this title remains a must read due to it being such a quality comic. Easily one of the smartest comics I’ve read in my life, this issue of Squirrel Girl should be taught in classrooms, let alone belong in your pullbox.



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Forget about elections, snow, wild tigers ripping at your face, bills, those same tigers ripping at your legs, problems with your girlfriend, problems with your boyfriend, problems with your tiger, global warming, house fires, the mumps, the whooping cough, rubella, zombie bites, swarms of bees, bees and tigers mating to breed flying, stinging death machines, and that crazy ending to 2001: A Space Odyssey.

SALVATION is here in the form of ace cartoonist Jacob Chabot.


To quote Christopher Walken, “Jacob Chabot is just like you or I…he puts his pants on one leg at a time. The only difference is, once he has his pants on He makes Eisner nominated comics.”

Mighty Skullboy Army Vol. 2, Jacob Chabot (W/A), Dark Horse

I have no problem writing that Jacob Chabot is one of the most talented cartoonists working in comics today…and the fact that he’s still working is an incredible miracle! Last time I saw Jacob’s stuff was over in Spongebob Comics Magazine where he draws an impressive amount of the material, and previous to that he had a two pager in the Fear Itself tie-in humor comic Shame Itself.

The guy is working hard to make a living in a field he loves, a field with diminishing returns and thankless hustle. Jacob caught a break when he won Dark Horse’s online comics contest several years’ back. At the time, the comics industry could see money to be made off web comics but couldn’t quite figure out how to do it. Both Dark Horse and DC’s ZUDA web comics were run as contests…I think we all won!

Thanks to this period we not only have the amazing Chabot’s Mighty Skullboy Army, but we also have Steve Ellis and David Gallaher’s Harvey Nominated and highly awesome weird west werewolf comic High Moon at DC’s ZUDA. Continue reading

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