Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3

I really want to be quoted as liking this book by Marvel so I’m going to open this review with a killer, impossible to ignore line.  Are you ready?  Are you sure?  Here it comes!  This is it, my killer opener!  Ready?  I’m nuts about Unbeatable Squirrel Girl!  Bam!  Nailed it!  Put that on the front of a book Marvel!  I’ll be your hype-man for this and Howard the Duck!  Just think, you could have gold like that delivered to your doorstep every month!  For free! Beautiful!  Now that's cover appeal!

Squirrel Girl delivers once again as the most entertaining thing I’ve read this month with Howard the Duck coming in as number two.  Howard the Duck is definitely more caustic than Squirrel Girl in both its tone and its references, nobody is mocking the death of Uncle Ben here.  As funny as that can be.  What we do get are some Whiplash puns and a freaking X-Men #1 reference that I did not see coming.  It’s a play on the worst line in X-Men #1, you know THAT line, you know.  We also get a one-liner about Chipmunk Hunk who needs to become part of the book immediately.  It makes me think of C.P. Munk the straight edge chipmunk parody of C.M. Punk.  So, I now need to see a tattooed straight edge chipmunk based super-hero as Squirrel Girl’s friendly rival.

You're welcome Marvel...

This book was close to getting the highest score but I feel like I’ve been giving those away too much lately and even though this book makes me laugh and gives me that kid rush of reading comic books I’ve got to tone it down.  But this book does fill me with that unbridled enthusiasm for comic books that makes me what to impulsively call it the best thing out there without giving it much thought.  The issue isn’t perfect, the book in general suffers from a case of ADD jumping from moment to moment, joke to joke very quickly.  In the span of 22 or so pages we go from a fight with Whiplash who gets subdued by a squirrel to the mouth and then retained by a net of squirrels.  That is followed by Squirrel Girl foiling a bank robbery with a literal suit of squirrels (the one thing she thought was better than a net of squirrels) which go on to fight unmanned to flying to the moon to fight Galactus.  She steals additional Iron Man armor just to ditch it altogether which makes me question why it was a plot point at all.  Even though I enjoyed it last issue.  All that being said though I loved the hell out this issue.  Chipmunk Hunk with a Chipmunk Hunk theme song (although we never see Chipmunk Hunk), armor made of squirrels, Deadpool dropping Vanilla Ice lyrics while describing Galactus on one of Squirrel Girl’s trading cards, it was dang enjoyable.  It still comes highly recommended if you want a comic to share with a youngin’ or like light hearted, clean humor which I sometimes do.

Score: 4/5

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3 Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson Colorist: Rico Renzi Publisher: Marvel Comics Price: $3.99 Release Date: 3/18/15 Format: Ongoing; Print/Digital