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Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show
Written by Ryan North
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli
Staring Milana Vayntrub & a full voice cast

The Skinny: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is back! In podcast form!
While no longer on the monthly shop shelves, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl was one of my favorite comics while it was being produced, and I was sad when the series ended with no further impact, either in the comics, or making its way into the MCU.But Squirrel Girl and her wacky cast of animal-themed fellow heroes by night / NYC college students by day are back as a new scripted podcast! Written by USG series writer Ryan North and staring Milyana Vayntrub, who has voiced the character of Squirrel Girl / Doreen Green in a number of animated Marvel projects, the podcast picks up where the comic ended, with Doreen coming to terms with her carefully protected secret identity being leaked to the public. Now, as a way of integrating the two parts of her life, Doreen and her friends have been given a slot on the ESU college radio station. Doreen is ready to give life advice and expound on her superheroic exploits, but as per usual, she may have leapt before she looked.North’s writing still has the same wit and charm of the comics, and carries forward the delightfully manic comedic tone. North’s unmistakable writing style is on display, and these characters feel much the same as they did on the page. And the college radio trappings felt very familiar. I felt an almost cringey sense of nostalgia for the low budget station of my own college days. The podcast also brings back North’s slightly skewed vision of the Marvel Universe, with a few cameos and even celebrity guests.While the podcast is a jumping on point, and a delight to listen to, I did find myself missing series artist of Erica Henderson. And while it was fun to catch up with these characters, newer listeners who haven’t gone back through fifty issues of their adventures may be a bit lost.Marvel’s Squirrel Girl: The Unbeatable Radio Show is available from Sirius XM but can also be downloaded using the podcastcher of your choice from Apple Podcasts. If you are a fan of fun, classic superheroes, who both happen to eat nuts and kick butts, give it a listen.

Hugh Likes Comics: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1
Written by Ryan North
Drawn by Erica Henderson
Published by Marvel Comics
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Some comics are meant to amaze.  They sculpt years of storytelling continuity into jaw-dropping moments of greatness.  Some comics are meant to shock, taking familiar tropes or safe concepts and turning them on their head by framing them in the harsh light of gritty realism.
And some comics are just plain fun.  I suspect “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” falls into the third category.  The eponymous S G is Doreen Green, a jokey Z-lister with the a fluffy tail, a prominent overbite, and the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel.  She also has no idea how to operate outside of the superhero mode, which is about to make her first day of college very interesting.
Written by Dinosaur Comics creator Ryan North and drawn by indie artist Erica Henderson, this book will feel familiar to anyone familiar with their work.  It’s a light, breezy tale filled with misappropriated superhero theme songs, squirrel (fish) out of water humor, and even alt text printed on the bottom of each page.  Even the art has a softer, more cartoonish quality that lends itself well to North’s wacky script.  This isn’t going to be one of those comics that changes everything, but it was a lot of fun, and I can’t wait to see what kind of trouble Doreen and her pet squirrel/sidekick Tiptoe get into with her cat-obsessed roommate, oh, and it looks like she might have to save the world after all, too.
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is available from Comixology or your local comics shop.