The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9: Squirrels Fall Like Dominoes

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9: Squirrels Fall Like Dominoes

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,...

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Title:The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9: Squirrels Fall Like Dominoes
Author:Ryan North
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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 9: Squirrels Fall Like Dominoes Reviews

  • Chris Lemmerman

    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.

  • Laura

    That Ana Sofia reference had me all 😍

    This is easily my favorite ongoing comic. I know I’ve said that before, but it’s just so enjoyable.

  • Imogene

    Squirrel girl! Savin’ Kraven?

    I do enjoy the hope and optimism of SG.

  • Tandava Brahmachari

    The main storyline in this volume was fine, but the single-issue (#36) story that rounded it off was very fun, just to watch how creatively the author and artist managed the whole thing with no dialogue.

  • Ash

    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.

  • Ed

    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.

  • Forrest

    [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.

  • Dea

    I'm starting to think I only read these comics anymore for Brain Drain.

  • Erin

    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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