The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #43 Review

Written by: Ryan North
Art by: Derek Charm, Rico Renzi, and Travis Lanham
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 10, 2019

I have been reading Unbeatable Squirrel Girl for a while now, but it took the War of the Realms to get me to review it. I know that some people rolled their eyes when this book popped up on the WOR checklist, but the more hands this series gets in, the better. All that aside is this a good tie-in to the Event? Let’s see…

The issue opens with Doreen and crew heading into the Negative Zone. There is talk about Allene and the dup squirrels living there and I can only imagine what readers just grabbing this for the first time are thinking. Probably, “Tippy-Toe is so awesome and cute!”

Allene does show up pretty much on cue and with a new haircut to boot! It doesn’t last long for Doreen, though, as she gets teleported away and right into the battle going on in New York! Luckily, Loki is there to grab her and give her the down low on what’s happening. War is happening and Loki gives Squirrel Girl and those who don’t know the deets. Loki even gives Doreen a bit more about his double and triple dealings.

After going through the old Chris Farley bit (you know, Loki might not be “a good guy” sort of thing complete with air quotes), Loki shows some true emotions and wins over Doreen who gets zapped off to Canada. Of course, it’s teaming with Frost Giants and that’s when things get crazy. The worst trash talking ever followed by Oak Tree Ultron. Yep, wacky!

After getting a new snow outfit, Squirrel Girl heads off to find the Frost Giant’s secret base and after fighting some frosty chest hair the issue ends with a cliffhanger that makes sense for both this book and the Event.

This is one of the funniest books on the shelf right now and while that may throw some readers who just showed up off, I love it. Ryan North lays the jokes on heavy but also sets things up in a smart way that makes sense in all sorts of ways. Yea, it’s a shame that Doreen doesn’t have her awesome cast of characters with her, but I still had a great time reading this and always love the art in this series.

Final Thoughts:

Ryan North gives readers a good tie-in issue that is best for regular readers of Squirrel Girl and hopefully wins some new ones. The art is great and the story is a fun romp that I hope doesn’t turn off those expecting something a little more serious. Serious?!? Really?!?

8.5/10

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