The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8
Journey to the Forbidden Pla-nut! When Nancy and Tippy find themselves on an alien world where all is not what it seems, Squirrel Girl must find a way to get to the other side of the universe to save them. And fast! Intergalactic transport through the cosmic realm? This sounds like a job for the Sorcerer Supreme! Doctor Strange will be only too happy to...wait, what's that? Doctor Strange is gone and now Loki is Earth's Sorcerer Supreme? Oh. Well, I'm sure he'll do his best. After all, what could possibly go wrong? Be here as everything possible goes wrong! COLLECTING: THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL 27-31

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8 Details

TitleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302910761
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Fiction, Superheroes, Marvel, Graphic Novels Comics, Humor

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 8 Review

  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    The majority of the book is a space adventure with Loki, Drax and the Silver Surfer, and it is a perfectly fine Squirrel Girl yarn. But that last story, a hyper-speed/time travel tale featuring the last series artwork of longtime artist Eric Henderson, is simply amazing.Squirrel Girl is a fantastic hero and her terrific series will survive Henderson's departure, but that doesn't mean I'm ever going to be happy about it.
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  • Alex Sarll
    January 1, 1970
    With Marvel's short-lived Legacy project directing series to do stories harking back to their past - because superhero comics definitely need more of that, right? - North and Henderson very sensibly opt to take the piss. So much of the first issue involves everyone desperately trying to get Nancy and Tippy to recap how exactly Squirrel Girl managed to defeat Galactus. Why? Well, that soon becomes clear. As does the apparent disconnect between what seems to be happening here, and Galactus' new le With Marvel's short-lived Legacy project directing series to do stories harking back to their past - because superhero comics definitely need more of that, right? - North and Henderson very sensibly opt to take the piss. So much of the first issue involves everyone desperately trying to get Nancy and Tippy to recap how exactly Squirrel Girl managed to defeat Galactus. Why? Well, that soon becomes clear. As does the apparent disconnect between what seems to be happening here, and Galactus' new leaf as seen in Ultimates. All this, plus Space Abraham Lincoln, Squirrel Loki, and the question of whether it would be worth a shapechanger changing their butt into a chair - something which North notes in a footnote as a recurring concern in his work. Probably the most consistently entertaining book at modern Marvel, and thank heavens they've had the sense to just let it keep doing what it's doing. I felt properly sad one day when, after reading one of the issues herein, it occurred to me that, realistically, North and Henderson are unlikely to keep on doing this literally forever. And lo and behold, a couple of weeks later the announcement came through that yes, Henderson was abandoning the interiors (albeit not the covers) because she had other projects on which she wanted to work, and that's tough for an artist. So, you know, I wish her every success, but still - permission for lip to wobble, sir? Her final issue rounds this off and my word, it's lovely - a paean to the beauty of friendship, and helping people, and pretty much the most wonderfully wholesome thing in the world without ever feeling forced or corny. What a wonderful book this has been. Which makes it all the more galling that I read the first issue of this the day after an interview with Ed Piskor, regarding his much-hyped new project, in which yet another retelling of the X-Men's origin is now apparently an auteur gig. I was already annoyed that nobody in the discussion appeared to remember the existence of past indie-Marvel hybrids such as James Sturm's Unstable Molecules, which in itself may offer some hint as to what a nine day wonder Grand Design is likely to prove, and then we got to this bit:"The thing about being one person making the comic is that I have my whole creative team with me wherever I go. There are lots of cartoonists who do work for the Big 2, but they just write—maybe they write a lot—but something tells me that their energy is split up pretty deeply amongst many things. I would bet they would save all their best ideas for themselves on projects that they own. I am actively not doing a project that I own, in which I get 100 percent of the money, in order to put all energy this thing. I just don’t know if any other cartoonists are in that position to be able to do that. It would have to be Dan Clowes or Chris Ware. Something tells me that they’re not going to be doing the next issue of Squirrel Girl."You know what? Fuck Chris Ware. I like his architecture, but otherwise he makes boring, miserable comics for boring, miserable people who think hating fun makes you deep, and I'd take one page of Dinosaur Comics over his whole damn oeuvre. And we've had the guy behind Dinosaur Comics on Squirrel Girl for several years now, alongside Erica Henderson, whose work I didn't know before but who could also clearly cartoon Ware's mopey ass into the ground with one hand tied behind her back. Oh, and the last issue of Squirrel Girl I'd read prior to the interview? That was the one which had guest spots from all manner of cool cartoonists, ranging from underground types I'd never heard of to the creator of bloody Garfield! So fuck that snooty attempt at a punchline, and fuck Ed Piskor too.
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  • Christopher
    January 1, 1970
    I am sad that Erika Henderson is leaving Squirrel Girl.Squirrel Girl in Space! Not just space, Marvel's wacky cosmic SPAAAACE - possibly at its wackiest. In my head, the leader of the 73 planet coalition fleet to kill Silver Surfer is somehow related to Lying Cat from Saga.The long argument between Nancy and Doreen over not using force to stop/punish/extract revenge against bad guys is a tough one. I would have leaned into it whole-heartedly a few years ago but have a harder time doing that in I am sad that Erika Henderson is leaving Squirrel Girl.Squirrel Girl in Space! Not just space, Marvel's wacky cosmic SPAAAACE - possibly at its wackiest. In my head, the leader of the 73 planet coalition fleet to kill Silver Surfer is somehow related to Lying Cat from Saga.The long argument between Nancy and Doreen over not using force to stop/punish/extract revenge against bad guys is a tough one. I would have leaned into it whole-heartedly a few years ago but have a harder time doing that in 2018. It's not surprising that Doreen is better than me as a role-model. In the past I've praised Nancy for her more real-poltik view as a needed check on Doreen's inherent trust. I guess the reverse is true too.The hypertime short story at the end is another antidote to a bleak worldview, even as its very sad in its own way.
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  • Imogene
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrels in spacee, check.However, the 31st issue is not only my favourite Squirrel Girl, it’s also one of my favourite single issues ever.
  • Paperclippe
    January 1, 1970
    SPACE ABE LINCOLN
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Journey to the Forbidden Pla-Nut! Squirrel Girl, Tippy, and Nancy end up halfway across the universe on a planet under threat from…the Silver Surfer? But isn’t he a good guy? And then, in a final farewell issue to series artist Erica Henderson, Doreen and Nancy get stuck in hypertime!It’s taken a little while, but I think Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has managed to hit the sweet spot in terms of extended storylines, which I’ve always felt has been its downfall. Each of the four issues in the first s Journey to the Forbidden Pla-Nut! Squirrel Girl, Tippy, and Nancy end up halfway across the universe on a planet under threat from…the Silver Surfer? But isn’t he a good guy? And then, in a final farewell issue to series artist Erica Henderson, Doreen and Nancy get stuck in hypertime!It’s taken a little while, but I think Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has managed to hit the sweet spot in terms of extended storylines, which I’ve always felt has been its downfall. Each of the four issues in the first story are distinctly different and escalate the story each time, so it doesn’t feel as if it’s stuck in a holding pattern like some previous stories. I love how Ryan North is able to find more and more exotic ways to show that Squirrel Girl’s empathy and compassion are her greatest strength, and you don’t get much bigger than the cosmic scale.The final issue alone deserves so much praise; Nancy and Doreen live out their entire lives in 20 pages, and it’s just beautifully told. The friendship between these two characters has always been backbone of the book, so it makes sense for Erica Henderson to end on a love letter to the pair.Speaking of Henderson, her art here remains as consistent as always. I know she’s divisive in terms of quality with the majority of comic readers, but I really think her comedic tone fits this book. She knows when to let a joke breath and when to pull off a perfect deadpan expression to sell one of the dialogue jokes, and her little farewell letter in the final letters page is super emotional.There’s also a two page story from one of Marvel’s Not Brand Ecch one-shots about supervillain dating that you just have to read to believe, a nice light way to end after the drama of the previous issue.Unbeatable Squirrel Girl has always been a strange little book, and this volume is no exception. The loss of Henderson will be a blow, and this really is the end of an era. But onwards and upwards, because as we all know, nothing beats Squirrel Girl, not even creative changes.
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  • Xanthe
    January 1, 1970
    Sigh. I just love this book so much. The combo of Ryan North’s clever and silly plots with Erica Henderson’s fantastic art is just so completely perfect. Doreen Green AKA Squirrel Girl is not afraid to kick butts while eating nuts, but she always tries to compassion and reason first, engaging with her adversaries and resorting to violence only when appeals to their better nature or attempts to get at the root of the causes of their villainy fail. This volume has a main story involving Galactus, Sigh. I just love this book so much. The combo of Ryan North’s clever and silly plots with Erica Henderson’s fantastic art is just so completely perfect. Doreen Green AKA Squirrel Girl is not afraid to kick butts while eating nuts, but she always tries to compassion and reason first, engaging with her adversaries and resorting to violence only when appeals to their better nature or attempts to get at the root of the causes of their villainy fail. This volume has a main story involving Galactus, the Silver Surfer, and the delightful appearances of a few other Marvel stalwarts. The conflict unfolds in unexpected ways with inventive disruptions of clichés and Doreen’s trademark approach of honest conversation first, then a beat down. The volume wraps up with a stand-alone story where Doreen and her best friend and MVP of this volume, Nancy, get trapped in fast forward, out-of-sync with the rest of time for a weekend. North digs into this premise to find smart, surprising, and hilarious ways to explore how this duo reacts to their situation. But the scenario ends with an attack of the feels that I did not see coming which honestly made me tear up and hug this book. I wish I could add more stars for how much I loved this and how much this character and her creative team continue to make it hilarious and amazing, while hitting me with a moving affirmation of deep friendship and connection. A billion stars!!!!
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars for the main Silver Surfer story18 stars for Drax the Destroyer23 stars for Nancy WhiteheadInfinity stars for the issue #31 one-shotMinus half a star for not enough Brain Drain"I did not come to space to define chairs and butts." - Loki LaufeysonIf you're going to do throwback stories, embrace the batshit. And that's definitely what Team Squirrel Girl have done here. I'm not sure who decides which characters get to cameo but I had no idea how much I needed a SG-Drax teamup until now. H 3.5 stars for the main Silver Surfer story18 stars for Drax the Destroyer23 stars for Nancy WhiteheadInfinity stars for the issue #31 one-shotMinus half a star for not enough Brain Drain"I did not come to space to define chairs and butts." - Loki LaufeysonIf you're going to do throwback stories, embrace the batshit. And that's definitely what Team Squirrel Girl have done here. I'm not sure who decides which characters get to cameo but I had no idea how much I needed a SG-Drax teamup until now. Hint: it's A LOT.And then once the hurricane of strange passes (PS huge bonus points for the brief Machine Man cameo), suddenly we get the amazingly touching and thoughtful single-issue story of Doreen and Nancy in hypertime. What a beautiful way to bring Erica Henderson's time on the series to a close. I'm going to miss her work!
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  • Shaun
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrel Girl continues to be one of the greatest comics coming out today. They just know how to use comic tropes, and characters I don't care for, and make them interesting. If you told me, "Silver Surfer is going to make a guest appearance!" Normally I would not care at all! He is just not a character I care much about what soever. But they manage to use him in a way that is unique and really funny. Same goes for some of the plot. Has a "time has stopped for everyone but us" plot been done bef Squirrel Girl continues to be one of the greatest comics coming out today. They just know how to use comic tropes, and characters I don't care for, and make them interesting. If you told me, "Silver Surfer is going to make a guest appearance!" Normally I would not care at all! He is just not a character I care much about what soever. But they manage to use him in a way that is unique and really funny. Same goes for some of the plot. Has a "time has stopped for everyone but us" plot been done before again and again? Sure! But they manage to give it some unique twists, and plus make it a very poignant issue for artist Erica Henderson to go out on. I am cautiously optimistic for the next volume when artist Derek Charm takes over for her.
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  • Jon Huff
    January 1, 1970
    So... uh... the official description says this goes to issue 32. Which seems unlikely since that starts a new story. So I guess it'll only go to 31. Probably this changed with Erica Henderson's departure from the book on art. So I'll consider this done (yes, I'm reading individual issues.) Squirrel Girl continues to delight, by being optimistic and fun without feeling like it's trying too hard or forced. This storyline, in particular, ends up being a nice change of pace. And Erica's find issue i So... uh... the official description says this goes to issue 32. Which seems unlikely since that starts a new story. So I guess it'll only go to 31. Probably this changed with Erica Henderson's departure from the book on art. So I'll consider this done (yes, I'm reading individual issues.) Squirrel Girl continues to delight, by being optimistic and fun without feeling like it's trying too hard or forced. This storyline, in particular, ends up being a nice change of pace. And Erica's find issue is something really special.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    Somehow the best volume yet? Including a pisstake of the 'Legacy' event, a trip to space, fake Silver Surfers, a hypertime story that made me have Serious Emotions, and a handover to a new artist. And yeah, sure, it's different, maybe jarring. But they've got the right sort of loose energy to be a good fit. Here's to the past, and the future, of the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    I know I always rate the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl volumes 5 Stars (because they are a gift), but wow does this one knock it out of the park. The last issue is incredible and I don’t even have the words to explain how perfect it was. And then for it to be Erica Henderson’s last issue 😭
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  • Amelia
    January 1, 1970
    4 star story arc in space which is fun and then a 10,000 star standalone at the end for Erica's last issue which left me sobbing and shipping it forever. Probably my favourite single issue so far of USG or anything else.
  • Simone
    January 1, 1970
    Ok, so nothing can beat Volume 7 (Squirrel Girl + dinosaurs + so many Jurassic Park jokes), but volume 8 is still pretty darn good. I'm only slightly devastated to learn that Erica Henderson won't be illustrating Squirrel Girl anymore. Slightly.
  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    The Silver Surfer storyline was silly but enjoyable. I didn’t expect the one-off at the end of the book to be quite so packed with feels.
  • Loki
    January 1, 1970
    A delight from start to finish, which had me laughing out loud every fourth or fifth page. The most fun book in a series that's never not fun.
  • Dea
    January 1, 1970
    I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING
  • Jon
    January 1, 1970
    This fires on all cylinders for me. Clever without being overly silly, and with some dramatic tension.
  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    The Pla-Nut / Silver Surfer arc isn't as good as the previous Squirrel Girl stories, but it's still pretty fun and has some great art from Erica Henderson. Issue 31 is a standalone story that is very sweet and sad. It's a real high point for Henderson to leave on.
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