I went into The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 knowing absolutely nothing other than the huge hype surrounding its release. After reading this issue, I can say for certain that Squirrel Girl has a new fan. This a wholesome, charming, and fun romp in the Marvel Universe that creators Ryan North and Erica Henderson make accessible to anyone.
North’s plot is rather light, but fitting for a first issue. There is a lot to like here, such as humorous commentary on superheroes maintaining secret identities. That said, the standout for me has to be Squirrel Girl’s handling of her initial antagonist. For a character that has been around for decades, her approach to attacking him – through his ego – was both refreshing and satisfying.
What is noteworthy is that you can actually hand this comic to someone under the age of twelve without hesitation. Marvel, despite the reputation it is building as being the “family” option of the Big Two, doesn’t have many viable options for younger readers. It’s a void that Unbeatable Squirrel Girl fits so well. Even though it still has a “T” rating, it’s effectively an all-ages comics without the stigma of being labeled an all-ages comic.
Note: This review was originally published at ComicsBulletin.com