The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It


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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Diamond Distributors
Published: 2016
Publisher: Marvel
Recommended Age: 12+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Comics, Action, Science Fiction, Dating


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The hero who refuses to be beat celebrates 11 consecutive issues without a new #1! And she’s letting you seize the chance to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in a choose-your-own path encounter with Swarm, buzzkill made of bees! Then, Doreen takes charge of her life -her love life, that is – and starts dating. But just who will kiss a Squirrel and like it? Surely not…Mole Man?! When the subterranean super villain falls deep in love, he’s willing to hold the world hostage to get Doreen’s attention. Can she save everything without becoming Mrs. Mole Man? But enough with the hearts and the flowers and the kissing, you read this book for computer science and super heroics (not necessarily in that order). You’ll get both – and more – in a showdown with Count Nefaria!

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I have never read a comic volume quite like this one.

A comic that allows me to… choose the characters’ actions. Granted, it’s only certain actions so the whole decision-making is limited, but it’s a lot of fun to play the hero/heroine—in a way—for a chapter. It’s a great idea and delightfully interactive.

But really only for a chapter, because the next ones focus on Doreen—Squirrel Girl—dating. That’s right, you’d think dating would be the last thing a superheroine would dwell on, but hey, she’s a human being after all—let’s not forget that—(at least I think so), and a college student for that matter. Squirrel Girl is SUPPOSED to experience new things… and she does.

Online dating turns out to be quite the experience. She goes on many dates, and even finds someone she might just like, but it all comes to an abrupt end when a villain makes his appearance. And get this: this villain is so taken with Squirrel Girl that he wants her. HE WANTS HER.

It would be exciting and perhaps a little romantic if he had at least been charming or, well, HER AGE. But he’s not. Much older and besides, they don’t even live in the same kind of environment. (Read it and you’ll understand.) I was really mortified on Squirrel Girl’s behalf—not that she contained her reaction in any way—but it was rather fun to see this superheroine react to the opposite sex in positive AND lots of negative ways.

I loved this volume. I missed the puns! Somehow the last volumes had little to no puns. Squirrel Girl is back and so are the writers. This was much more interesting than the previous two volumes and I’m starting to get what the authors are trying to do.

There were fewer dialogs too, thank god, though I definitely believe this is something the creators have to work on better, because what’s the point of reading something that adds nothing to anything? Wordiness isn’t cool. Everything else about this comic is, though. What a great addition to this series. Yay!
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