UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31 by Ryan North, Erica Henderson, Rico Renzi and Travis Lanham
UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31 presents a pressing conflict that still allows for a heartwarming story with touching characterization. The art adds so much to the believability and overall quality of the issue.
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Time waits for no man, but apparently it does wait for Squirrel Girl and Nancy. Written by Ryan North and illustrated by Erica Henderson and Rico Renzi, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31 is a heartwarming adventure with time travel (sort of) and crime fighting!

Bringing Things Up to Speed

Squirrel Girl and Nancy have returned from space, and they’re ready to return to their normal lives. In UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31, they resume fighting crime and pursue the villain, EpicCrimez. As he livestreams their fight, Squirrel Girl hears him say he’s going to use an alien weapon on them. Squirrel Girl bravely jumps in front of Nancy to protect her, but unfortunately, they are both caught in the blast. When they get up, things seem off.

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It appears that they have become frozen in time. However, while wandering around, Nancy and Squirrel Girl discover that they’re actually in hypertime: the blast made it so that they’re moving faster than time itself. Squirrel Girl and Nancy decide to fight crime and save people while stuck in hypertime. Unfortunately, they soon discover that moving faster through time means aging faster as well. With a literal deadline of the end of the week, Squirrel Girl and Nancy must find a way out of hypertime.

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Creating the Problem to Solve

Ryan North writes a truly fascinating plot in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31. It has immediate, touching moments, and humor. The conflict is evident right away: Squirrel Girl and Nancy need to find a way back to normal time, or they die in hypertime by the time weekend arrives. The pressing nature of this issue is supplemented with touching and funny moments. While in hypertime, Squirrel Girl and Nancy send letters to their friends. This on its own is humorous, but the contents of the letters provide the classic Squirrel Girl charm. Outside of the letters (but still in hypertime), we get heartwarming moments between Nancy and Squirrel Girl. The way they are characterized here brings out emotions beyond worry and happiness, making the comic emotionally dynamic.

This characterization comes through in how much closer Nancy and Squirrel Girl become while in hypertime. We know that they have an extremely strong friendship, as they’ve shown time and again how much they care about each other. However, none of what we’ve seen so far can compare to the level of companionship seen in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31. We get to see Squirrel Girl and Nancy together, continuing their friendship for a very long time. Such a level of friendship exemplifies their compassion; they take care of each other and everyone else consistently for, what is to them, many years. This really proves what great people and greater friends they are.

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Drawing Out the Conflict

Erica Henderson showcases the detail of her illustration as time rapidly passes in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31. We see Squirrel Girl and Nancy gradually aging, down to their hair changing as time goes on for them. These little details make the transition to bigger changes more realistic and acceptable. Then, when it comes to the more drastic changes in their age, Henderson delivers. Nancy and Squirrel Girl have these changes in appearance that fit their ages, while still maintaining their individual styles. Overall, Henderson outdoes herself with the details in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31.

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Rico Renzi’s colors create the setting that allows readers to believe Squirrel Girl and Nancy are really stuck in hypertime. Part of the line of dialogue rationalizing the thought of hypertime, or even a stop in time,  includes “either our best friends put on muted clothes…”; Renzi gives readers these muted colors to prove the characters’ place in time. Whenever the story shows Nancy and Squirrel Girl, everything but them appears muted. Renzi then uses the vibrant colors in their clothes to juxtapose the muted colors of their surroundings, emphasizing the bleak palette. Renzi’s coloring contributes a great deal towards making Squirrel Girl and Nancy’s situation believable.


UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31 is a heartwarming and humorous, yet pressing chapter. Squirrel Girl and Nancy trapped in hypertime showcases the true extent of their friendship. Along with the art and coloring reflective of the problem and believable to the story, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #31 is a strong issue. As usual, I was brought in by the classic humor and wit of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL. However, seeing how close Nancy and Squirrel Girl got to each other in this issue really touched my heart. That, for me, made the already pressing issue of their survival even more important. The creators of this issue did an excellent job, and I can’t wait to see more!

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