THE TAIL OF SQUIRREL GIRL

This unlikely hero defends Earth by battling notorious villains in the Marvel Universe

Story by Cesar Cadenas   Staff Writer, Illustrations by Erika Henderson

Whenever most people imagine a Marvel superhero, they always imagine someone cool who kicks a lot of ass. Maybe they’ll think of the Invincible Iron Man or the Amazing Spider-Man. I believe that the popularity of superhero movies has given the movie goers the misconception that all superheroes are all supremely powerful characters with hulking muscles and incredible strength. But I want to highlight a lesser known character who is just as powerful as Iron Man. Actually, I want to highlight a character who is more powerful than Iron Man, the Hulk, and Thor combined. A character who has fought the biggest threat to the universe and won. A character who, despite appearances, is a legend in her own right. Obviously, I’m talking about the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.

Squirrel Girl, a.k.a “the Slayer of All That Breathes” (a moniker that accurately describes her) is Marvel Comic’s secretly most powerful superhero. Her powers include superhuman strength and agility, a large prehensile squirrel tail, and razor sharp claws. Squirrel Girl’s main power is her ability to communicate with squirrels and it is with this power that our murine heroine is able to defeat the strongest of villains. She has defeated Dr. Doom in a one-on-one fight. It’s important to put her victory into perspective: Dr. Doom is one of the Avengers’ most powerful villains. Very few heroes can fight Doom alone and win. It takes an entire team of heroes to take down Doom. This is a villain who has actually managed to wield Thor’s mythological weapon, Mjolnir. This is a villain who recently became a literal god, and remade the universe as he saw fit. And he was defeated by a group of squirrels. 

Earlier this year, Marvel printed Squirrel Girls’s first-ever solo book titled The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl written by Ryan North and illustrated by Erika Henderson. North is the writer of the Adventure Time comic which has won an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Kids. I really liked The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Marvel is well aware that Squirrel Girl is a joke character, so they treat her as such and published a comedy book.

In her book, Squirrel Girl, whose real name is Doreen Green, attends college at Empire State University. Green has to find the balance between college student life and her secret role as a superhero. Her super-life has taken a turn for the worse as she now faces her toughest villain: Ratatoskr, the evil god-squirrel from Norse mythology who has a horn on this forehead. 

Unfortunately, Marvel Comics has stopped the first volume of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl right when it was getting good. Fortunately, Marvel Comics will start publishing volume two on Dec. 8. Marvel Comics decided to revamp their entire lineup, which means Squirrel Girl’s book had to get canceled. You can still buy volume one on Comixology, a comic book app. You can buy the entire collection for $16 or individual issues for $4. 

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