What do you get when you add together the Silver Surfer, space con men, and a galactic armada? You get UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi. This action-packed issue features a number of superheroes and a plethora of witty banter. This latest issue of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL gives us a lot to work with and even more to enjoy.

Here’s the Deal

Last issue, Squirrel Girl learned that the Silver Surfer who was threatening planets and their inhabitants wasn’t the real Silver Surfer. Squirrel Girl had a working plan to deal with him until the real Silver Surfer showed up. Mistaking the real Silver Surfer for the imposter, she started a fight. This is where UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 picks up.

With Squirrel Girl losing the fight against the Silver Surfer, her friends try to inform her that she is battling against the real superhero. After a brief cameo from Spiderman, Rocket Raccoon, and some other notable superheroes, Squirrel Girl finally realizes who it is she’s fighting. Things seem to be going well at this point. Squirrel Girl makes friends with the Silver Surfer, and he plans to take care of the conniving imposter. That’s when a space armada shows up, dead set on destroying the Silver Surfer.

Following Along UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29

The writing for UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 is comical, yet conveys the seriousness of the ordeals in the issue. There are plenty of jokes, and teenage colloquial language is everywhere. Loki, at one point, even says to Nancy “Loki Laufeyson’s got your back.” While this type of language may seem unusual for certain characters, mostly with Loki, it makes the characters more relatable to readers.

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Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Even though the language of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 is very lighthearted and youthful, we still get a sense of the danger and seriousness within the issue. During the fight between the Silver Surfer and Squirrel Girl, Nancy and Loki struggle to help Squirrel Girl. They worry about her safety in this fight, namely because very few people can defeat the Silver Surfer and his Power Cosmic.

This combination of imminent danger and witty banter makes the story more realistic and relatable. When we see real concern alongside teenage colloquialisms, it makes us believe not only in the danger but in the consistency and reality of the characters.

The Power of Friendship

Through the dialogue of the story, we get to see how easily Squirrel Girl can make friends, which reveals a lot about her. It also shows how much her friends care. These two aspects combined make for some excellent depth in the characters.

Squirrel Girl makes sure to explain herself and apologize profusely to the Silver Surfer. In this honesty and respect for decency, the Silver Surfer sees that Squirrel Girl is not a bad person. He also sees that she is worthy of being an excellent friend. She naturally accepts his friendship and follows the Silver Surfer as he goes to deal with the armada.

Nancy undoubtedly cares for Squirrel Girl, insisting that Loki “do something” for Squirrel Girl’s safety. This shows how good of a friend Nancy is; she is even willing to rush into battle with the Silver Surfer to help Squirrel Girl. She does this selflessly and with determination, further proving her dedication to their friendship.

Detail of Danger

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 shows a lot, I mean a lot, of detail in the artwork. Erica Henderson gives us so much to work with visually, even in the smaller panels and far away views. The close-ups and larger panels have detail that really emphasizes the events within that panel and that page of the comic. Everything from fur to facial expressions is full of detail.

Squirrel Girl’s tail is very important to see, and in response, Henderson gives it the appropriate amount of detail. We see the direction that the individual hairs fall and the way they curve and move with the movement of the tail. At the same time, the illustrations aren’t overdone by any excessive markings.

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Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

In addition, Henderson adds great detail to Drax’s musculature and Loki’s expressive features. We get a clear idea of just how built Drax is, and the outlines of Loki’s smile emphasize his mischievous expressions. Rico Renzi also provides us with a palette of mostly cool colors, which match perfectly with the color scheme of the Silver Surfer.

The Tail End

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 is full of action. The plot is a balance of humor and seriousness. North, Henderson, and Renzi tell the story through a comedic lens that doesn’t draw away from the true danger. The practically quantifiable amount of friendship in this issue reveals more about characters like Squirrel Girl, the Silver Surfer, and Nancy. The art presents a lot of detail that doesn’t overshadow the art itself. Overall, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 is an exciting and worthwhile read.

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, and Rico Renzi
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UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #29 is full of action! With the Silver Surfer fight and a galactic armada showing up, it's one thing after another. The plot conveys plenty of action and emotion, the characters come to life through relatable dialogue and the strength of their friendships, and the art brings the perfect amount of detail.
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