It’s Squirrel Girl’s birthday, so what better way to celebrate than with an origin story? We Review The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v2 #16.
Okay, it isn’t really an origin story. Well, it is, but it isn’t quite a normal one. Plus, there’s cake! And special guest stars too, like Loki, the Red Skull and the original Hulk! What more could you want?!
It seems like every five years there’s always something happening in Doreen Green’s life. Either she’s being born, or she’s having a birthday party where she has to hide her tail whilst playing Follow The Leaper, or learning that she has squirrel powers. Or, of course, she might just be celebrating her birthday with the Avengers, her family, and Loki. Or maybe in the future she’s going to be running the Avengers herself. Who knows? Those years do fly by…
For regular readers, be assured that this isn’t a typical origin story. It’s a celebration of the character, and of life. It’s a reminder that love can be beautiful and that being different isn’t a bad thing. It’s touching, sensitive and sweet. It’s the sort of comic book which reminds us all of why we became fans of comic books in the first place. It’s a tribute to its own history, pointing out that every day is special even if it isn’t your birthday.
There are so many little moments in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl v2 #16 which make it truly special. From a special flashback sequence written by original creator Will Murray to a piece of Steve Ditko art being presented, it’s almost magical. Seeing the courtship of Doreen’s parents, her birth, her wonderful innocence at the age of five and her angst as a teenager, her friendship with Monkey Joe before his tragic death, it’s all heartfelt and doesn’t put a foot wrong.
By the way, if you think this is just some clip-job issue and that means it doesn’t have anything original, scratch that thought. There’s all the usual Squirrel Girl originality and fun on display too, including those hilarious liner comments at the bottom of most pages which have now become almost a trademark of the series. This time around, one of the best has to be a comment about Voyager 1 and one of the photos it took into space.
Once again the Squirrel Girl team do a fine job, and if anybody out there isn’t reading this then they’re missing out.