Squirrel Girl Knows That Comic Book Events Are All Basically BS

Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi, words by Ryan North.

One of the most delightful things about The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl—a comic bursting at the seams with delightful things—is its opening recap page. In most comics, this is just a recap of the story. In Squirrel Girl, it’s Doreen’s Twitter feed, and this week’s issue sees Spider-Man attempting, and failing, to convince her of the appeal of comic book events.


Squirrel Girl and her best pal Nancy currently find themselves whisked away to the Savage Land, having taken part in a computer science competition that was actually a front for getting the brightest young minds to come to the island of dinosaurs and help repair the alien systems there, lest the last dinos on Earth finally die out. Sounds way cooler than, say, uniting to fight back against one of the most beloved heroes in the world who just so happens to have revealed themselves as the fascist leader of a terrorist organization that’s now ruling America, right?

Squirrel Girl agrees.

Even though Spider-Man pulls out all the tricks he can from the big bumper book of “How to Promote Your Comic Book Event Series Like It’s Not Something Readers Have Seen a Zillion Times Before”:


As you saw in the header image, Spidey’s argument is not exactly convincing Doreen, or anyone really. God dammit, this comic is really good.

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