We’ve been writing, drawing, and publishing comics for centuries now. Somehow, despite all that, it can still be difficult to find comics for young girls. Fortunately, more and more strong and relatable female characters are making their way into comics and serving as role models for us all.
One of those characters is Doreen Green, Ryan North and Erica Henderson’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Doreen looks like an average girl, just with some squirrelish features. She is a spunky, fun, and unapologetically optimistic college freshman with a secret – she can talk to squirrels and has super squirrel abilities. Don’t worry about the specifics of the squirrel abilities, they can remain vague.
In this iteration of Squirrel Girl, Doreen’s real strength is her ability to approach even the cruelest Marvel villains with empathy, a willingness to hear them out if they’ll talk and an ability to knock them out if necessary. Though she doesn’t shy away from a fight, her compassionate and logical advice is usually enough to make the cruelest bad guys reconsider their evil ways. In fact, she often ends up acting as both a superhero and a therapist, helping her enemies discover and resolve internal conflicts and ultimately dissuading them from destruction. Win-win!
Squirrel girl’s open-minded and fun-loving approach to everything from adjusting to a new school to combatting Marvel villains serves as a stark contrast to the onslaught of stories in which sulking superheroes fight even amongst themselves. Especially in today’s social and political climate, Squirrel Girl’s upbeat perseverance and willingness to engage in polite and logical conversations to kick butt and save the day makes The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl a must read for all ages.