Squirrel + Girl: My Adventure Back Into Comics Part 2

Long-time fans of Bitch Team Alpha are all too aware of my obsession with Doreen Allene Green, A.K.A. Squirrel Girl. Squirrel Girl is hilarious, smart, and the kind of character that likes to solve problems with questions first, and fists (at a very close) second. Not to mention how we’re all nuts about that booty!

In the spring of 2016, I took a break from the world of comic books, but, recently, I’ve been getting back into them with a sick kind of determination. You can read about the first step of my comics reinvention here. Since I’ve been gone, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (written by Ryan North, with art by Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi) has progressed in the absolute best ways, and I’m here to tell you that Squirrel Girl is now the proven, A+, number 1, greatest superhero of all time.

Here are 00000101 reasons why that’s true:


00000001: She’s Tricking Us into Programming

Oh, I’m sorry. Were you confused by the numbering of my internet list-icle? Perhaps that’s because you haven’t been reading The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, written by Ryan North. North is a computer programmer by day, and he has taken it upon himself to teach the world the value of coding. Doreen Green made a return to Marvel comics in 2015 as a college freshmen majoring in computer science. Rather than shying away from her day-time persona, Squirrel Girl has now used computer science to defeat her enemies on no less than three occasions. We’re not talking quick Tony Stark-esque flashes to a bright screen in between furious typing, we’re talking about defeating a riddle master by counting in binary! (Spoiler alert: you will definitely learn how to count in binary if you read that issue.) Not only does Squirrel Girl use programming to defeat her enemies, she is constantly endorsing computer programming as a skill that everyone can attain. And that statement == true. In that way, Squirrel Girl isn’t just a great superhero in comics, she is a real-life inspiration to girls (and boys) looking to get into tech.


00000010: Doreen’s Got the Best Crew

Sometimes in Marvel comics, constantly referencing other heroes can make the story inaccessible and confusing. That’s part of the reason why The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is so refreshing. The main cast are characters that you won’t see outside of this comic. They include the aptly named Chipmunk Hunk, the punny Koi Boi, and the Asgardian tourist, Nancy Whitehead. All that said, if you are looking for Marvel references, this is also the comic for you. From Squirrel Girl’s tweets with Iron Man, to Nancy’s fan fiction about a cat version of Thor, each cameo is hilarious, fully inside, and everything you’ve ever wanted. The fantastical nature of these cameos combined with the original side characters all culminates in a superhero who is unbeatable because she works on a team and cares deeply about the people in her life. That alone puts her heads and *tails* above other superheros.



00000011: Doreen Cannot be Beat

Who amongst us hasn’t asked the question: who would win in a fight against…? Batman vs Superman? Cyclops vs Wolverine? Wonder Woman vs literally the entire rest of the Justice League? It’s a fun thought experiment, and we could all spend some fun nights imagining each scenario. However, if you put Squirrel Girl into any of those pairings (at least within the Marvel universe), there is now an objectively correct answer: Squirrel Girl can beat up the Marvel universe. This is canon, folks! Squirrel Girl has beaten all of the Avengers multiple times (if you count evil clones, which I do), she has defeated Thanos, Galactus, and the Hulk using nothing but a crazy cute squirrel. Ya’ll, Squirrel Girl is the one superhero that has tools like empathy, strength, relatableness, punching, coding, complex flow charts, and friendship, each ready and stored safely for winter. She’s a human and also a squirrel!


00000100: Dinosaurs

Volume 7 has a bunch of dinosaurs. I don’t have to say anymore, do I? 


00000101: Fashion 

*Fashion slideshow montage*

  • Artist Erica Henderson and colorist Rico Renzi fills the pages of The Unbeatable Squirrel girl with incredible fashion moments. Here are my top 10 SG looks!
  • Number 10. Doreen's date night looks! That's right, I shoved 4 looks into one pick because I can't decide anything. Each of these is something special.
  • Number 9. Nancy Whitehead has just as many amazing looks as Doreen. this mis-matchy skirt/crop-top combo is classic Nancy.
  • Number 8. It's not just the good guys that get to be fabulous. This classy number highlights everything wonderful about a wealthy woman of crime.
  • Number 7. Squirrel Girl's time travel adventure created some of my favorite fashion moments. Here she is looking like a Mia Farrow-goddess.
  • Number 6. Sometimes the full outfit is revealed over a few panels. I love the beret/coat accessories, and I love the short-sleeve polo. I imagine it's made of crushed velvet and black mesh.
  • Number 5. This orange and black pullover gets my vote for best men's fashion moment. Koi Boi is just a dapper-looking stud. (Bonus points for cat).
  • Number 4. Inserting some nerdy details into a fashionable look is the end goal for any geeky lady. Here is Nancy doing it better than anyone.
  • Number 3. I just really want this cropped sweatshirt from the Negative Zone. Doreen carries off everything without even trying.
  • Number 2. These two looks are straight off a runway! I mean that literally. They are almost definitely inspired by Katya's and Violet's looks on the RPDR season 7 "Jetset Eleganza" runway. Toot!
  • Number 1. Nancy's sneaking around outfit wins my favorite Squirrel Girl ensemble. Look at those cat stockings! No one drawing a comic book needs to take the time to draw cat stockings. We are all blessed by this book and these looks.


So there you have it! My inevitable rant about Squirrel Girl. I’m not totally sure what the point of this article is, but I believe I have proven that 1) you should read The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, if you haven’t already, and 2) that my superhero could kick your superhero’s butt (while perhaps also eating nuts).


Don’t forget to check out our previous rants about Squirrel Girl, and check back in for more on my Adventure Back into Comics!


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