The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Distributors
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comics, Action, Science Fiction
New series, New Avenger! With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer science student Doreen Green – aka the unbeatable Squirrel Girl – is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers). So, mainly Squirrel Girl. Then what hope does the Earth have if she gets hurled back in time to the 1960s and erased from history? At least Nancy will never forget her friend, but what invincible armored Avenger can she call on to help, through the magic of social media? Decades apart, can they avert doom, or will everything go wrong forever? Howard the Duck hopes not…he has an appointment for a crossover!
I’m back with a new Squirrel Girl review, this time looking at the third volume. If you’ve read my review of the second volume, you know how despondent I was after finishing it. It absolutely broke my heart to be saying so many negative things about it, because I had such a good feeling about this comic series after reading the first volume.
But I’m glad I didn’t let my feelings for the second volume issues decide whether I should continue with Doreen’s adventures or not. It’s rare that the first volumes from a comic series disappoint me (usually it’s the later ones, when it feels like the authors have run out of ideas), but I guess it does happen sometimes.
I’m happy I stuck with Squirrel Girl. In this third volume, we meet Doreen’s cool mom, see her be sent back in time and meet a guy from the future. Nancy is, as always, a great sidekick (as is Tippy, why of course!) and I’m especially pleased with the fact that it’s not as over the place as the previous volume was. In fact, a lot of time is spent in the past, seeing that Squirrel Girl must figure out how to get back to the present and how to keep people from inventing things that weren’t meant to be invented. Butterfly effect, ya know?
So this one was interesting, but there was WAY TOO MUCH dialog. Not even necessary lines, it’s just people saying things that are already understood or just talking to talk. Why the hell was there so much being said when it added absolutely nothing to the story? Still, at least it was better than the previous volume and maybe the next one will be a bit better and so on and so forth.
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