Saturday, May 16, 2015

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #5 - A Review

Getting taken hostage by super-villains is a frequent problem for New Yorkers in the Marvel Universe.  So what's a civilian to do with all that down time?  Why, tell stories about the heroes who are surely on their way to rescue you, of course!  Thus does Doreen Green's roommate Nancy find herself hearing stories about Squirrel Girl that might be true on some alternate Earth but bear no resemblance to the Squirrel Girl she knows and loves.  Well, hardly any!

Erica Henderson deserves an award for her work on this issue.  She doesn't alter her usual style, nor does she go out of her way to ape the look of other artists' work. Yet all of the stories in this volume can be aesthetically compared to various classic comics of the 1960s and 1980s thanks to some clever homages.

Ryan North also deserves praise for his clever and funny script. The stories in this issue pay homage to the Marvel Comics of yesteryear even as they poke fun of them in a good-natured way. The whole issue is truly hilarious!

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