Squirrel Girl #25
SQUIRREL GIRL #25 by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi
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An endearing, silly comic, SQUIRREL GIRL #25 masterfully wraps up an exciting arc that'll leave fans satisfied yet itching for more.
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You'll go nuts for this one!

Getting girls interested in the STEM fields has never been more important. With the job market turning towards computer science and technology, giving opportunities for women in such a male-dominated field shall remain a large challenge. Fortunately, issues like SQUIRREL GIRL #25 show young readers the engaging and bizarre side of programming. In this case, that means helping defeat a large robot dinosaur. Written by Ryan North with art by Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi, this endearing issue perfectly ends an enjoyable arc.

SQUIRREL GIRL #25  Brings You Dinos, Robots, and More!

Right where we left off in the previous issue, Squirrel Girl narrowly escapes Ultron’s new dinosaur form in the Savage Land. While Squirrel girl continues to avoid the dino, Nancy and Stefan work together to try and convince their programming friends back home to help shut down Ultron before he destroys everything! This is quite an exciting premise for an issue. For long time fans of this series, and I mean long time, I’m happy to report a certain spikey ally comes in during their moment of need.

SQUIRREL GIRL #25
Image courtesy of Marvel Comics

I can’t remember the last time I smiled so much reading a comic. I knew Ryan North was a talented creator, but I didn’t realize just how talented until I finished this comic. It’s very much so geared towards kids, but there’s such a sincerity to it that even my jaded self couldn’t help but cheer for the heroes as they fought this dino-machine. What’s more, I loved seeing that their true method for defeating Ultron didn’t come from Doreen’s strength. Instead, the team of crack-computer geniuses were the ones Ultron truly had to fear. It not only fits with Doreen’s pursuit of a computer science degree in school, but also shows how important these jobs can be. I love it when comics show their audiences that sometimes heroes don’t wear capes. Sometimes they do jobs that appear mundane, yet actually mean a whole lot for society.

Is She a Girl or a Squirrel?

As always, Erica Henderson does an amazing job giving the comic a silly style that still packs a punch. Ultron as a dinosaur might seem scary on paper, yet her depiction of the robot makes him appear like a children’s toy. He’s silly and over the top. Just as he should be in a youth story. Yet while these designs appear simpler, they remain unique. Each character’s design differs greatly from the last. Doreen and Nancy, for example, look nothing alike.

No two characters give off the same impression. As such, it makes it much easier to really consider each character as independent from one another. Rico Renzi’s color choices cannot be described in any way but superb. Everything just pops. The characters against the darker, foreboding backdrop of the Savage Land create a lovely eerie atmosphere while still maintaining the lightheartedness this series has beautifully procured since its first issue.

SQUIRREL GIRL #25
Image courtesy of Marvel Comics

SQUIRREL GIRL #25 might not entice old, jaded comic book fans. Despite this, I can’t help but smile as I imagine a young girl picking up a comic like this for the first time. She’ll see how fun, silly, and ridiculous characters like Doreen Green are. And maybe, just maybe, she’ll get inspired by Squirrel Girl. Inspired to take a harder task, to go to those STEM classes her parents want her to. She might lack the powers of a squirrel, but that doesn’t mean she can’t be a hero.

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