WotR Damage Report- Gods and Squirrels
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #44
Writer: Ryan North
Artist: Derek Charm
Colorist: Rico Renzi
Publisher: Marvel Comics
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If you have been following along with the “War of the Realms” event at all, you would know that there are a massive amount of tie-in stories involved. Some of them have been important to pushing the story forward, some have just been flat out fun. Squirrel Girl seems to get the best of both worlds. The last issue was also a tie-in, and it showed Loki in his final moments instructing Doreen to go to Canada to take down the Frost Giant base so that Midgard can reclaim North America as it’s own again. We were left with Doreen face to face with Ratatoskr, the shape shifting squirrel of mischief. Essentially, this issue is a back and forth between the two, whilst also taking down a pair of Frost Giants. Once the Giants are subdued, Doreen is convinced that maybe Ratatoskr may actually want to help after all. We get a funny moment of the pair deciding that maybe a demonic-looking squirrel isn’t the best appearance to flaunt when you’re trying to convince people that you are on the good side, so with that came a “costume change” montage, ultimately leading to a name change as well to match the new look. The two make their way to seek information, but then encounter what seems to be a bar. The townsfolk in the building are reluctant at first, but slowly Doreen starts to convince them that their motives are pure. Unfortunately, someone says something that offends Ratatoskr, or Rachael Oscar for secret identities sake, and she shape shifts into a big Frost Giant face, thus making everyone in the bar riot, and leaving us with another cliff-hanger.
This title is starting to grow on me. I feel like Ryan North has a pretty good idea of how to tell a Squirrel Girl story based on how consistently upbeat this has all been, despite the doom and gloom taking place all over Midgard. He never misses an opportunity to try to make the reader laugh, especially with the text at the bottom of every page relating to usually some random S.G. factoid or history. As far as this particular issue, I’m not sure how this story progressed the event, or even Doreen’s arc, but it was all still very enjoyable. I love having another comedic writer to count on when it comes to getting a laugh in comics.
Charm and Renzi have the perfect type of art style to portray this happy and upbeat character. A very cartoon-like and simplistic style suits well, although it’s not a typical style you see in comics very often. Admittedly, the reason I was not subscribed to this book initially was because I was not a fan, but since I have been reading this event, I feel like it harmonizes with the writing style to perfection. The single tone color pattern on top of the thick, bold line work compliment each other extremely well. The point is, the art is growing on me. The moral, don’t judge the art without reading the story it’s illustrating.
Originally, when I first finished this issue, I though that it was kind of pointless, although still very fun. After a second reading, I determined that “Squirrel Girl” is going on the pull list. I realized that the necessity of this issue was not to forward the plot, but it was to give us the comedic relief that we all need in dire situations to cope, which is a very real and human thing to do. I would almost go as far as to say that this book is border-line genius, but that could be pushing it. There is only one more S.G./WotR tie-in, but I have a feeling it’s going to have some weight to it. After all, the fate of North America is almost solely on her hands.
“Squirrel Girl” is going on the pull list!