Friday, August 8, 2014

The New Avengers Volume 2 #17 (Marvel Comics)

Squirrel Girl! Squirrel Girl!!

For those who don't know who Squirrel Girl is, she is a Marvel superheroine who made her first appearance in a one-shot with Iron Man. This comic is pretty infamous, as the mighty Dr. Doom, one of the powerhouse villains in the Marvel universe, is easily defeated by the much lower tier teenage Squirrel Girl. Years later, the character was brought back in various appearances, namely in Deadpool (speaking of, Squirrel Girl also breaks the fourth wall a lot), and it's become a running joke that she can easily defeat villains way more powerful than her, such as Fin Fang Foom, M.O.D.O.K., freakin' Thanos! Even the official Marvel website is in on the fun, classifying her power levels as the same as The Living Tribunal (who's basically God in the Marvel you'd think he'd know a towel on his head is crummy fashion)!

While she technically hasn't had a series of her own (although something is happening with her, apparently, given recent news), the Anti-life, Slayer of All That Breathes (what the terrified A.I.M. call her) Doreen Green had a recurring role in the second volume of series The New Avengers, and that's the New Avengers, not The Avengers, the Secret Avengers, the Mighty Avengers, Avengers Academy, the Dark Avengers, the Revenger Avengers, the Erotic Avengers, or...

Doreen 'Squirrel Girl' Green has just gotten a new job at the Avengers mansion as the nanny for Danielle Cage, daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones. Things seem to be off to a good start, but then the city is invaded by a gargantuan army of Nazi robots...God I love comics!...

This is a fun comic, and Squirrel Girl, at centre stage, is an entertaining and likeable character. Plus, she has a training tussle with Wolverine and kicks his ass (there's a good reason Dr. Doom is deathly afraid of her)! And this fight scene has the benefit of actually being onscreen, unlike some of Doreen's improbably victories.

But how does this fare as an issue? Oh, it fails. It fails big time! The only story it covers is 'Squirrel Girl runs to the Avengers Mansion during a robot attack'. No other characters get much of anything to do, which I can understand, as this is a specific character-centric issue, but a good writer can successfully characterize ten characters in twenty pages.

The artwork here is decent, and the silhouette look of Squirrel Girl's fight against Wolverine looks neatly stylish.The cover sucks though. Not only does it show very little, but the website address and copyright thingy plastered on the bottom is annoying an intrusive, while the issue number is ridiculously tiny!

By the way, one thing I might as well mention here-I hate big event comics that are full of massive grim death and destruction (like DC's Countdown, or Marvel's Ultimatum, and Age of Ultron), because they're depressing, and because they make it awkward for funny characters and series' like Squirrel Girl, She Hulk, or the new Ms. Marvel, to be in the same universe!

I guess I can recommend this comic. On one hand, the issue itself, and its story, are lacking, but on the other hand, it's only a couple of bucks on Comixology, and it's a great intro to the character of Squirrel Girl if you're curious...

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