The Marvel Universe has always been filled with strange and mysterious characters. Some of them are viewed as struggling underdogs, fighting against the forces of evil wanting no thanks or appreciation for their service to society. Others are long forgotten entities, only appearing in times of great upheaval and distress. Of course, you can’t forget the characters who were created for one-off gags, and that’s the place where Doreen Green, better known as Squirrel Girl, falls under.
With much excitement, Marvel has announced their next on-going series entitled The Unbeatable Squirrel. Promoted via Entertainment Weekly, the little known hero’s series will spend its time not only throwing the often ridiculed Squirrel Girl into ridiculous situations, but also analyze the difficulties of attending college while trying to save the world.
Created by Steve Ditko and Will Murray, Squirrel Girl is a teenage mutant superhero with the ridiculous, yet surprisingly powerful ability to control squirrels. Her first appearance had her meeting Iron Man, asking the hero if she could be his sidekick. Though Tony Stark was less than reluctant to make the teenager his sidekick, he did appreciate her help when she defeated and humiliated the Fantastic Four’s arch-enemy, Dr. Doom, with an army of cute furry squirrels. Though rejected by Iron Man, Green went on to become a Great Lakes Avenger. After leaving team due to the other members’ laziness, Squirrel Girl worked for Luke Cage and Jessica Jones as a nanny for their daughter, Danielle Cage.
In keeping up with her obvious comedic origins, it’s appropriate that Marvel is looking to writers and artists known for their over-the-top humorous styles. Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will be written by Boom!’s Ryan North (Adventure Time), with Erica Henderson (Quantum and Woody) on art.
The book will follow Green as she goes off to college, leaving the employ of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones as their nanny. In between classes and socializing, Squirrel Girl will battle various villains, and attempt to save the planet from a series of never ending threats. To capitalize on the book’s humor, Squirrel Girl will be fighting against some of Marvel’s greatest villains. For readers unfamiliar with the character’s more hectic exploits, Squirrel Girl and her small furry friends have defeated Marvel’s Dr. Doom, MODOK, Thanos and a number of other super powered baddies.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl will debut January 2015, with Marvel planning to reveal more details about the book at NYCC.