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I can't help fearing the series will have to miss the whole point of the character.
'Unbeatable' doesn't mean a lot as a title— how many times has the 'Invincible Iron Man' lost?
OTOH, I love the cute chubby redesign.
Sadly, I can't read the article. It's blocked here. Not going to stop me from theorizing! I can't regularly get comics at the store, but I can pick up compilations when they get to the library.
The series, which arrives nearly 23 years after her debut, marks Squirrel Girl's first as a headlining hero. The announcement states that the series will follow Luke Cage's former nanny as she heads off to college for a whole new set of adventures. The title also contains an adjective — "unbeatable" — not yet used by Marvel comics, setting the titular character apart from her "uncanny" and "amazing" peers.
You can check out series artist Erica Henderson's cover and character design for Squirrel Girl, as well as a variant cover by Art Adams flaunting Squirrel Girl's unbeatable-ness, below.
"Unbeatable Squirrel Girl" debuts in January. Come back to CBR tomorrow for an interview with series writer Ryan North.
Well, I'm excite.
I just hope its a more comedic thing. Reveling in the goofiness and adventures of comics.
"heads off to college"
Oh, this is gonna be fun. Though, I always figured Doreen was already enrolled somewhere off-panel since she's around early 20s-ish. I am curious as what possible major she'll have (anything involving animals would be knida cliché). I do like the jacket and ear-headband.
I wonder if colleges in the marvel universe offer anything setting appropriate.
She could hypothetically take a major in superheroics.
Superhuman studies as a branch of sociology sounds plausible.
I'm hoping for a crossover with the new Ms. Marvel.
That's pretty awesome. Ever since Bendis used her in New Avengers, I've wanted Squirrel Girl to get some semi-serious use.
Though I do want to point out that she was in college during New Avengers. She was attending ESU, as I recall, though I don't think her program was ever mentioned.
Also, while I don't think I've read anything by Erica Henderson, her art style sure is adorable.
This is going to be awesome!
I like the design for Squirrel Girl. Also, with one of the writers for Adventure Time onboard, I feel certain that superhero wackiness is ahead.
edited 6th Oct '14 11:44:18 AM by CorrTerek
why. her getting serious focus is missing the point.
I said semi-serious. Obviously, the comic's going to be primarily humourous in tone, as it should be. But, presumably, it's not going to be exclusively about jokes. I would assume there will be some character stuff going on, too. Some actual drama.
Think of Skottie Young's current Rocket Raccoon run. It's mostly jokes, but there's some serious elements to it, too. I'm hoping for Squirrel Girl to be like that. But with somewhat more innocent humour.
I always liked Squirrel Girl herself but the "she can beat anybody!" gag got old pretty fast. So as long as they don't go that way here, I might give the series a chance. Just say her beating Doom, Thanos etc. were just daydreams of hers (as implied in the promo.)
As for her new look, I'm Ok with it- being slightly obese can be attractive, for example, Amethyst of Steven Universe's Crystal Gems.
edited 6th Oct '14 2:33:00 PM by Sijo
Aw man, I don't want them to retcon her beating Doom and Thanos into dreams. Especially not the Doom defeat.
Doom defeat was Ditko. Untouchable.
Squirrel Girl beating Doom must remain canon. Always. That can't be retconned. Not a Doombot, either. Actual Doom.
But yeah, I would prefer they not go too overboard with the opponents she beats in this book. Or, if they do, at least make the wins make sense. The problem the gag ran into was having her beat ridiculous enemies entirely off-panel.
Edit: I dated a fat girl for years. She regularly got hit on by guys. And a few times by girls. I don't see being fat as being something that's inherently less attractive than being skinny. It's more that we're conditioned to think of extra weight as being inherently unattractive. I'd love to see more cute chubby girls in pop culture.
edited 6th Oct '14 3:30:09 PM by Tiamatty
This is looking to be very good.
Perhaps like One-Punch Man, the fact that she can defeat opponents way out of her supposed weight class will simply be a given, and the stories will instead revolve around her personality and how she interacts with people she can't just overwhelm.
Another option is that she'll be put up against foes that are weird and ridiculous. Like a giant monster made of peanuts or something.
Either of those options would be great!
The only way a truly unbeatable Squirrel Girl would work would be if the entire thing was played for laughs (and out of continuity, as with certain Deadpool stories.) And even then, I think I would get tired of them fast. Frankly the adventures of a college-age girl hero (ala new Miss Marvel) with danger and real-life problems would be much more interesting.
I found this interesting: The three faces of Squirrel Girl.
Thought-provoking. I like it!
Do we have any information on the first issue?
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