With an assist from Chris Giarusso on the trading card art, “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #4 continues the adorable, entertaining and funny series from Ryan North and Erica Henderson. In this issue, Galactus shows up to devour the Earth and Squirrel Girl stops him.
Yes, it really does go down like that, but North makes the story entertaining and enjoyable from start to finish. The writer even has fun with the story structure, giving readers the end of the tale, then backtracking to the sequence of events. Along the way, North packs in plenty of ridiculous humor and underscores it all with the running banter at the bottom of every page in the issue. As can only happen in a comic like this, North makes Galactus a likeable character and even builds a friendship between the great devourer and Squirrel Girl.
Erica Henderson’s upbeat, loose artwork matches North’s fun story. She provides plenty of detail and background throughout the issue and her drawings are filled with energy and life, much like Bill Watterson’s work on “Calvin & Hobbes.” Like that strip, the cast is tight and well-connected, with only imagination (and North’s story) to limit what Henderson draws around Squirrel-Girl, Galactus and Tippy-Toe. Henderson’s art is a perfect match for such a fun-loving character, and the ridiculous notion of pitting Squirrel Girl against Galactus plays right into the heart of Henderson’s strengths.
Rico Renzi’s colors bring Galactus’ blue and purple outfit to the page and Renzi balances that nicely with the greens in Squirrel Girl’s spacesuit. Renzi drops greens and purples into the backgrounds to give the issue plenty of visual pizzazz. Clayton Cowles keeps in step with the visuals by highlighting Galactus’ word balloons with blue Kirby crackle. Visually, this comic is bubbly and fun, matching North’s story and enhancing it quite nicely.
“The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #4 is a fine example of what comics should be. This isn’t a comic for everybody, but it makes sure everybody has a comic for themselves. This is a silly, fun adventure that doesn’t take itself or the Marvel Universe too seriously, but it does connect to the Marvel Universe, offering North and Henderson plenty of fodder to play around and share with readers. There is a continuing thread building through the series as North and Henderson continue to develop the relationship between Doreen and her roommate, Nancy, but “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” #4 is a strong, self-sufficient serving of fun. There should always be an “Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” type of comic to offer relief from comic events and even other general grittiness.