Squirrel Girl is a throwaway character Will Murray and the great Steve Ditko came up with in 1992 as a reaction against the endless reams of grim, dark, violent comics that were 99% of the time no bloody fun at all. Over the years Squirrel Girl has picked up a serious cult following (thanks to her ability to beat major Marvel villains like Doctor Doom and Thanos very, very easily using the power of squirrels) and now Marvel Comics have given her a solo title and it’s very, very silly but it’s also very, very fun and in a week that’s been pretty bloody horrible, this comic is the perfect antidote to it all. From the off writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson makes it clear this is silly.
When a comic features a talking squirrel called Tippy Toe then it’s got to be better than yet another spandex clad gorefest where the ‘hero’ is morally ambiguous and the villain is yet another Saw inspired nutter.
This is just big daft fun as Squirrel Girl experiences her first day at college and has a big superhero fight with Kraven the Hunter and generally gets a bit silly. It’s a lovely little example of old Marvel humour filtered into the current era and although it’s not exactly cutting new comedic ground, it’s still fresh and most of all, fun and that ultimately is good enough for me to the extent I may even buy the second issue I enjoyed this one so much.