The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9
Doreen Green and her friend Nancy Whitehead have had a great idea: get some friends together and play an escape room! That's one of those real-life games where you get locked in a room and have an hour to escape before you die! Except you don't really. I mean, it's not like if you die in the game you die in real life, ha ha. But when Squirrel Girl and Nancy gather Koi Boi, Chipmunk Hunk, Brain Drain and Kraven the Hunter inside and lock the door, it turns out that this escape room is actually lethal after all! Can Doreen and company escape? Find out, why don't you?! It's everything you crave from a Squirrel Girl book: friendship, adventure and a room full of death traps!Collects The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #32-36.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9 Details

TitleThe Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseNov 27th, 2018
PublisherMarvel
ISBN-139781302910778
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GenreSequential Art, Comics, Graphic Novels, Superheroes, Marvel, Fiction, Graphic Novels Comics, Young Adult

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9 Review

  • Diz
    January 1, 1970
    To be honest, I was a bit worried about the change of artist for this series. In the first issue or two, the new artist is a bit stiff, but he quickly finds his comfort zone and the art loosens up a bit. The writing is as funny as ever. The highlight of this volume is a beautiful story about Squirrel Girl's friendship with Kraven the Hunter. It dives into the idea that people can be trapped by past bad decisions, but at the same time offers hope that people can change--particularly if they are s To be honest, I was a bit worried about the change of artist for this series. In the first issue or two, the new artist is a bit stiff, but he quickly finds his comfort zone and the art loosens up a bit. The writing is as funny as ever. The highlight of this volume is a beautiful story about Squirrel Girl's friendship with Kraven the Hunter. It dives into the idea that people can be trapped by past bad decisions, but at the same time offers hope that people can change--particularly if they are supported by good friends.
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    The first 4 issues in this start off as Doreen and friends and Kraven hanging out in an escape room which turns deadly, and ends up in a discussion about the legal aspect of a villain who was changed and had a redemption. The whole thing was really well done and also as fun as usual. The only issue I had with it is that at one point Squirrel Girl kind of invites the audience to figure out how to get out of one of the rooms but I just don't think with the information given I would have ever been The first 4 issues in this start off as Doreen and friends and Kraven hanging out in an escape room which turns deadly, and ends up in a discussion about the legal aspect of a villain who was changed and had a redemption. The whole thing was really well done and also as fun as usual. The only issue I had with it is that at one point Squirrel Girl kind of invites the audience to figure out how to get out of one of the rooms but I just don't think with the information given I would have ever been able to work it out so I think that part could have been done better. I like that an interactive element was added but I don't know how the hell anyone was supposed to actually work out how to get out of the room from the clues given.The fifth issue is a "silent" issue so there's no dialogue and I was excited to see how it would work out but I ended up not really enjoying it. After reading The Arrival by Shaun Tan which is an EXCELLENT silent graphic novel, this just came up short and seemed like more of a gimmick and showcase of Derek Charm's art than a story that needed to be told this way, or even at all.The art is really nice, it's definitely different from Erica's and I think so far I prefer her art for this series because it suits the series so well, and I like that Henderson's art makes people look like normal, average looking people whereas charm's definitely glams everyone up a little and that's not really necessary in my opinion. I like that Squirrel Girl is kinda chunky and has big teeth but there's less of that now.Overall, a solid volume that unfortunately doesn't end brilliantly.
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  • Rod Brown
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not loving that Doreen has gone on a diet and gotten her teeth fixed courtesy of the new artist, though the art isn't bad otherwise.The stories are still good at least, though I'm not a fan of redeeming Kraven the Hunter. It's not peak Squirrel Girl, but the silent issue at the end comes close.
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  • Xanthe
    January 1, 1970
    Let's get this out of the way: Erica Henderson isn't drawing Squirrel Girl anymore and I'm not okay with it. It's not the new artist's fault that he's not her, but everything is different and I'm not getting over it anytime soon. The art is cute, but Doreen is a little more generic, not as much junk in her trunk and definitely drawn to be more conventionally cute. Sigh. The main storyline collected in this volume had mayyybe a little too much Kraven the Hunter for my taste, but there was plenty Let's get this out of the way: Erica Henderson isn't drawing Squirrel Girl anymore and I'm not okay with it. It's not the new artist's fault that he's not her, but everything is different and I'm not getting over it anytime soon. The art is cute, but Doreen is a little more generic, not as much junk in her trunk and definitely drawn to be more conventionally cute. Sigh. The main storyline collected in this volume had mayyybe a little too much Kraven the Hunter for my taste, but there was plenty of the power of friendship with Nancy Whitehead, Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boy, Mary (?), and Brain Drain. Plus Tippy-toe! The final stand-alone issue in the collection was pretty great as it was a basically wordless story about a librarian ghost. Awesome.
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  • Jena
    January 1, 1970
    This is our first volume with a new artist, and it's very bittersweet.Erica Henderson's art was very cartoony to the point of being a touch off-putting and I saw mixed responses to it. For my tastes, I thought her style suited the tone of the book and her cartoony style allowed for some truly unique expressions. I also like how she emphasized some elements of SG's body that don't jive with the overwhelmingly sexy/cutesy look of most comic books - namely her large front teeth, big ol booty and ge This is our first volume with a new artist, and it's very bittersweet.Erica Henderson's art was very cartoony to the point of being a touch off-putting and I saw mixed responses to it. For my tastes, I thought her style suited the tone of the book and her cartoony style allowed for some truly unique expressions. I also like how she emphasized some elements of SG's body that don't jive with the overwhelmingly sexy/cutesy look of most comic books - namely her large front teeth, big ol booty and general "stocky" shape.With Derek Charm, all of those defining elements of SG are gone and she looks...cute. It does make me sad to see them go (we couldn't even keep the buck teeth?) but otherwise his style works just as well with the comic. It's not as overtly cartoony, but it has an undeniable Sunday newspaper comic book strip flavor that adds that cartoonish aftertaste. I really liked his work on Jughead and so far his art on SG is fantastic.As far as the story goes, what's there to say, really? It was fun as always. Even though this title has been running for quite a while now and weathered a few Marvel-wide shakeups, it manages to stay consistently wholesome and funny. This volume sees SG deciding to further help her on-again-off-again ally Kraven become a better person by befriending him. Their first stop on their new friendship adventure is an escape room and as usual it doesn't go according to plan. This volume sees a lot of cameos from a seriously underground 90s D-list villain, to She-Hulk and Spider-Man.
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  • Ella
    January 1, 1970
    Still the best ongoing marvel comic. This time with even more Kraven.
  • Imogene
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrel girl! Savin’ Kraven? I do enjoy the hope and optimism of SG.
  • Chris Lemmerman
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrel Girl takes her friends (and Kraven the Hunter, who will be her friend, or else) to an escape room! But of course, nothing is as it seems, and soon Doreen is in prison, Kraven is fighting Spider-Man, and the whole world's gone mad! Plus, Doreen fights a librarian ghost in an entirely silent issue because of course she does.I've mentioned that I love this book, right? I'm sure I have, but I'll reiterate. I love this book. Doreen's shenanigans are always hilarious and full of heart (usuall Squirrel Girl takes her friends (and Kraven the Hunter, who will be her friend, or else) to an escape room! But of course, nothing is as it seems, and soon Doreen is in prison, Kraven is fighting Spider-Man, and the whole world's gone mad! Plus, Doreen fights a librarian ghost in an entirely silent issue because of course she does.I've mentioned that I love this book, right? I'm sure I have, but I'll reiterate. I love this book. Doreen's shenanigans are always hilarious and full of heart (usually at the same time) and her struggle in this one to reform Kraven is so well realised. It's easy to write off villains in comic books as irredeemable, especially those in shared universes like Marvel and DC, so to see him really attempting to be a good guy breaks my heart (mostly because I know he's the star of Nick Spencer's big Spider-Man arc next year so it clearly doesn't work).There's some legal drama, some superhero action, some clever speeches (I see you Brain Drain) and a whole lot to love in the four issues that comprise the Kraven arc, while the Nuff Said silent issue is an exercise in trusting the artist that I don't think is ever more important than when said artist has only been on this series for four issues so far.Derek Charm steps in to fill Erica Henderson's big shoes, and I think he does it excellently. He makes his characters look very human, which I feel like is something Henderson sometimes lacked, mostly because she was a lot more exaggerated with facial features whereas Charm's work is a lot more closer to reality. His figures are soft and his eye for fashion is great, and I can see him having a great run on this title.Unbeatable Squirrel Girl remains, as always, a fun little book that makes me want to hug it. Like physically hug the book, right on the train while I'm reading it. It's that good.
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  • Brandon
    January 1, 1970
    Writing is still great, but I'm really not a fan of the new art direction. Where did Doreen's curves go? Why is Nancy suddenly ultra hip?
  • Chris Talbot-Heindl
    January 1, 1970
    The story was great! I loved it and we got to see more of Brain Drain and other friends in the story line. I'm sad by the lack of Tippy Toe.I'm super not happy with Derek Charm's illustrations. They took away Doreen's muscles and large front teeth, leaving a generic, thinner, conventionally-attractive, comic-style woman with a tail.Erica Henderson gave me a feminist icon and different body positivity that this lacks. I want my Squirrel Girl to be quirky, muscular, toothy, and with tons of sassy The story was great! I loved it and we got to see more of Brain Drain and other friends in the story line. I'm sad by the lack of Tippy Toe.I'm super not happy with Derek Charm's illustrations. They took away Doreen's muscles and large front teeth, leaving a generic, thinner, conventionally-attractive, comic-style woman with a tail.Erica Henderson gave me a feminist icon and different body positivity that this lacks. I want my Squirrel Girl to be quirky, muscular, toothy, and with tons of sassy and diverse facial expressions. Half of the fun was Henderson's rending of the whole teams' facial reactions to stimuli. Chris review of Erica Henderson's Squirrel Girl: This is going great! I have no complaints.Chris review of Derek Charm's Squirrel Girl:
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    As always, an enjoyable, feel-good read. This comic focused a lot on redemption, as the main story arc was centered on Kraven the Hunter's unlikely friendship with Squirrel Girl--who believes that there is a hero inside this classic Marvel villain. There are some nice moments of introspection and philosophy (thanks to Brain Drain)--but then those lofty ideas become very relatable when Squirrel Girl applies them to her different superhero antics. In this case: surviving an escape room by a super As always, an enjoyable, feel-good read. This comic focused a lot on redemption, as the main story arc was centered on Kraven the Hunter's unlikely friendship with Squirrel Girl--who believes that there is a hero inside this classic Marvel villain. There are some nice moments of introspection and philosophy (thanks to Brain Drain)--but then those lofty ideas become very relatable when Squirrel Girl applies them to her different superhero antics. In this case: surviving an escape room by a super villain and then proving her and her friends' innocence in a courtroom. It's strange how a story goes from "super escape room" to "law and order," but it also makes sense in a weird way, and allows for some nice cameos by She-Hulk, Iron Man (via texting), and Spider-Man. In short, this is a nice story about how people can change, and how the trust and respect of one person can initiate such change. All of that, plus we still had plenty of laughs along the way. Though if I had one complaint... the entire last issue, which was teased in the "social media previous issues summary" as being full of witty banter between SG and Iron Man... WAS A SILENT COMIC. Come on, guys! I get that was part of the joke, but... once I read that, I was psyched to get an issue of those two on patrol. But instead I got a librarian ghost who shushes people and a New York City blanketed in silence. It was a good comic, really--enjoyable, humorous, etc. But I felt kind of let down that the preview didn't... give me the SG/Iron Man banter it promised. *insert sad face* Ah well... maybe that means we'll get that in the next volume? (Pretty please?)
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  • Cale
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I needn't have worried. While Derek Charm's art is a little less cartoonish and a little more straight-laced than Erika Henderson's, the art doesn't feel like it's any less enjoyable in this volume. And the story, while not quite the high point of the previous volume, is still very good, with the absurd idea of taking Kraven the Hunter to an Escape Room digging into some great ideas about heroism, reforming, and how much a person's past should weigh on their present. And it's really funn I guess I needn't have worried. While Derek Charm's art is a little less cartoonish and a little more straight-laced than Erika Henderson's, the art doesn't feel like it's any less enjoyable in this volume. And the story, while not quite the high point of the previous volume, is still very good, with the absurd idea of taking Kraven the Hunter to an Escape Room digging into some great ideas about heroism, reforming, and how much a person's past should weigh on their present. And it's really funny. We get guest shots from She-Hulk (who is a bit underutilized) and Spider-Man (who is utilized just about perfectly), and the return of a d-list villain who gets a few moments in too. The collection also includes a 'silent' issue, which is an idea I wouldn't have ever thought of for a comic but works surprisingly well, and has some great cameos (and book titles, and t-shirts). So while things are a little bit different than the previous volumes, they aren't less. This is still the enjoyable series it has always been under Ryan North's writing, just with a slightly less distinctive art style.
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  • Becky
    January 1, 1970
    Kinda nonplussed by this one? I will NEVER say no to a Kraven arc, especially with an escape room thrown in. That said, Squirrel Girl usually underwhelms me the comic tries to tackle themes of redemption and reconciliation. Doreen, I love ya, but maybe Kraven needs to go to jail? Maybe personal charisma / likeability / good deeds / the world's sweetest van doesn't get you off the hook for past misdeeds?The art is strong, but I miss the quirkiness of Erica's character and costume designs.I didn't Kinda nonplussed by this one? I will NEVER say no to a Kraven arc, especially with an escape room thrown in. That said, Squirrel Girl usually underwhelms me the comic tries to tackle themes of redemption and reconciliation. Doreen, I love ya, but maybe Kraven needs to go to jail? Maybe personal charisma / likeability / good deeds / the world's sweetest van doesn't get you off the hook for past misdeeds?The art is strong, but I miss the quirkiness of Erica's character and costume designs.I didn't even really enjoy the librarian comic! As a librarian myself, I usually have a good sense of humor about librarian stereotypes, but c'mon Ryan, give me one normal, contemporary librarian on-screen to counter the shushing bun lady. (That said, there were some excellent Dewey Decimal jokes so he was playing to his base in that respect.)
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrel Girl wants to make sure Kraven stays on the side of good, and invites him to an Escape Room with her and her friends--except it's run by a super villain! Dun dun dun.... I was sad to see Erica Henderson leave art on this, but Derek Charm is so great--he's kept the style of the series but softened the harsh lines a bit. It's honestly delightful and fits the book so well. The story is also just super awesome, as always--I love Kraven's casual wear so much, and the depth they gave him in h Squirrel Girl wants to make sure Kraven stays on the side of good, and invites him to an Escape Room with her and her friends--except it's run by a super villain! Dun dun dun.... I was sad to see Erica Henderson leave art on this, but Derek Charm is so great--he's kept the style of the series but softened the harsh lines a bit. It's honestly delightful and fits the book so well. The story is also just super awesome, as always--I love Kraven's casual wear so much, and the depth they gave him in his quest to be heroic and live up to his Belka's ideals was really lovely. You could really feel his pain as he wondered if his efforts would ever be good enough and regressed a little bit. Highly enjoyable and super fun.
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  • Nori
    January 1, 1970
    Definitely not my favorite installment. I'm not a big fan of the new artwork. Squirrel Girl looks more like a cartoon character from a new Saturday Morning show for little ones, than she does like the unique/super cool super hero I've come to love. The humor is still there and fantastic. I love all the cameos and the premise of an evil Escape Room is fun. It just did not hold me captive like past installments have. The art just feels so much more generic and like everything else out there. I'm n Definitely not my favorite installment. I'm not a big fan of the new artwork. Squirrel Girl looks more like a cartoon character from a new Saturday Morning show for little ones, than she does like the unique/super cool super hero I've come to love. The humor is still there and fantastic. I love all the cameos and the premise of an evil Escape Room is fun. It just did not hold me captive like past installments have. The art just feels so much more generic and like everything else out there. I'm not sure if I will be continuing to read these books any more. Maybe I'll try one more after this.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    The story is fine, but the art is really disappointing. Squirrel Girl has had every physical attribute that sets her apart removed (aside from her tail). Her large front teeth — which go back to the original Ditko version — are replaced by a perfectly normal smile. Her large, muscular thighs that Erica Henderson used to show off so wonderfully have been reduced down to “normal” size. She kind of looks like any generic, non-overly-sexualized comic woman who just put on a Squirrel Girl costume. Sh The story is fine, but the art is really disappointing. Squirrel Girl has had every physical attribute that sets her apart removed (aside from her tail). Her large front teeth — which go back to the original Ditko version — are replaced by a perfectly normal smile. Her large, muscular thighs that Erica Henderson used to show off so wonderfully have been reduced down to “normal” size. She kind of looks like any generic, non-overly-sexualized comic woman who just put on a Squirrel Girl costume. She doesn’t even have Tippy by her side. I’ve always loved Squirrel Girl because she was a celebration of a body size that isn’t often celebrated. Now, that’s gone. And it’s very disappointing.
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  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    Okay I'm not going to lie I kind of was so annoyed by the art style in the beginning that I thought we were going to have to drop it down to four stars, but then I was completely won back with the Uncle Ben joke and the librarian ghost. I'm a woman of simple pleasures, and I think that's the thing about Squirrel Girl is that I always end up having a good time. But let me tell you that librarian ghost might be the best/funniest thing I've read in a long time. I liked the stuff with Kraven and the Okay I'm not going to lie I kind of was so annoyed by the art style in the beginning that I thought we were going to have to drop it down to four stars, but then I was completely won back with the Uncle Ben joke and the librarian ghost. I'm a woman of simple pleasures, and I think that's the thing about Squirrel Girl is that I always end up having a good time. But let me tell you that librarian ghost might be the best/funniest thing I've read in a long time. I liked the stuff with Kraven and the courtroom, but I was less impressed with the escape room storyline because I feel like it was kind of stale. Obviously I'm going to continue on with this series, because I'm obsessed.
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  • Nancy Meservier
    January 1, 1970
    The latest volume of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl begins with an escape room adventure gone wrong and ends with a legal drama. The entire storyline succeeds thanks to writer Ryan North’s typical combination of humor and heart. I loved seeing Kraven the Hunter return for another spin, and how the story addresses what it really means for him to be reformed. Squirrels Fall like Dominoes is also the first volume of Squirrel Girl to feature artist Derek Charm as opposed to Erica Henderson, who was in The latest volume of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl begins with an escape room adventure gone wrong and ends with a legal drama. The entire storyline succeeds thanks to writer Ryan North’s typical combination of humor and heart. I loved seeing Kraven the Hunter return for another spin, and how the story addresses what it really means for him to be reformed. Squirrels Fall like Dominoes is also the first volume of Squirrel Girl to feature artist Derek Charm as opposed to Erica Henderson, who was in charge of pencils for eight (!!!) volumes. Admittedly, I didn’t know how I felt about his style at first, but once I got reading, I found that his artwork worked well for the comic. He even handles the last and final issue in the collection, which is almost completely free of dialogue, with apparent ease. It’s clear Doreen and her friends are in good hands.
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  • Ed
    January 1, 1970
    Derek Charm tries very hard to replace Erica Henderson. He doesn't succeed, but by the last issue in this set he does start to find his groove. The early issues, on the other hand, look like generic kid's cartoons with all characters looking thinner and more conventionally attractive. There's just no verve to it.I enjoyed this metatextual take on the escape room story, a classic super-hero story format. I also liked that the villain wasn't Arcade, which was a fun surprise. The arrest and trial o Derek Charm tries very hard to replace Erica Henderson. He doesn't succeed, but by the last issue in this set he does start to find his groove. The early issues, on the other hand, look like generic kid's cartoons with all characters looking thinner and more conventionally attractive. There's just no verve to it.I enjoyed this metatextual take on the escape room story, a classic super-hero story format. I also liked that the villain wasn't Arcade, which was a fun surprise. The arrest and trial of Kraven wasn't all that interesting but it goes to a few interesting places near the end. The silent issue is the highlight.Also, Ryan North's writing does seem to be getting increasingly preachy about personal growth and less funny.
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  • Stu
    January 1, 1970
    Is there a wordless issue in here in which Squirrel Girl confronts and then befriends a librarian ghost who has cast a spell of silence over the entirety of New York? Oh hell yeah there is and it rocks (and also gives new illustrator Derek Charm a chance to flex his muscles a bit). Also featured: a bittersweet goodbye! Squirrel Girl's previously unseen superpower! She-Hulk!3.5 escape rooms out of 5
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  • Jordan
    January 1, 1970
    The new artist, Derek Charm, has a cute style that works well with Ryan North's writing, so the transition from Erica Henderson as it could've been. The escape room and Kraven storyline was fun and wonderfully put together, with lots of inter-book references and Russian philosophy for funsies! The single-issue story "Shh!" is also super cute, but then again I'm always a fan of a good no-dialogue story.
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  • Forrest
    January 1, 1970
    [read as single issues] 3 stars almost feels like a slam when it comes to Squirrel Girl, which is one of the most consistently entertaining titles around. I adjusted to Derek Charm's art faster than I expected to, but Erica Henderson's quirkiness is missed. The weird dynamic between Kraven and Doreen is a treat as always, but nothing else in this stretch really grabbed me, not even the "silent" issue.
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  • Ash
    January 1, 1970
    Yeah, okay, maybe the art's not quite as expressive as it was before, but damn, thematically this is probably the strongest this has ever been. All of Squirrel Girl's "hey have you considered not doing villain stuff" ethos hits the justice system and its penchant for not forgiving anything ever. This series has been a real gift but it turns out its greatest gift is Kraven, knowing himself and choosing to be good. Well, either that or the continual presence of Brain Drain.
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  • Alex
    January 1, 1970
    This book focuses on the development of Kraven the Hunter and his struggles with redemption. Brain Drain defeats Spiderman with existential ennui. We get delightful comedic moments with the Kra-Van and the Justice Pals. We also get exceptional pathos through Kraven’s struggles. I thought it was going to be hard to top the Savage Lands storyline, but this book may very well do that.
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  • Cliff
    January 1, 1970
    Squirrel Girl never disappoints. The change in artwork takes a little getting used to, but overall, I do like the new look.I'm not going to tout this as one of my favorite collections though. It has a lot going for it, but perhaps is hurt by its own success. I simply expect more out of Ryan North. I do appreciate the love he is giving to Kraven the Hunter.
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  • Ed Hammerbeck
    January 1, 1970
    I miss Erica Henderson’s art, but Derek Charm was a fine choice to replace her. The jokes, of course, are still there. There are some real out loud chuckles contained herein, lulz if you will. The funny comes verbally but also visually with clever backgrounds and sight gags. I can’t wait for the next TPB to come out.
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  • Danielle
    January 1, 1970
    While I was a little hesitant about the new art, it started to grow on me by the time I finished the volume. I also really enjoyed the plot - it encapsulates what Squirrel Girl is about, and the cameos from other heroes were great. The message about changing and moving on from the past is inspiring - and definitely applicable.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    Ok this managed to make me fall for Kraven like I never expected to, and not just because of the artist's lovingly created smirks and hairy chests. (But yeah I dug those.)All the meta-humor and upbeat charm we expect from Squirrel Girl, plus an Escape Room! I almost wish the escape room early part had gone longer.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl continues to be the best. A fantastic volume about Kraven and Squirrel Girl's continued friendship and the pitfalls of his redemption from villain to hero. As always USG Kraven is the best Kraven and I love him. The silent issue at the end was so thoughtful and just very good in general.
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  • John H
    January 1, 1970
    Earns a 5 for the Brain Drain existential angst soliloquy alone, but adding a library-centric issue puts it over the top. The new artist fits in pretty well, although out of all the characters Doreen looks the most different.
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