UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 by Ryan North, Derke Charm, and Rico Renzi
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UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 is a comic full of fun times with good friends! Ryan North gives us a better look at Doreen Green. Derek Charm and Rico Renzi create a fun and simplistic tone for the issue. This comic is a great addition to the series!
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Fun Times

Getting together with friends, making memories, learning each others’ secret identities — it would seem that it’s all fun and games in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32, until it isn’t. From Ryan North, Rico Renzi, and Derek Charm, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 provides a moment for bonding and friendship for Doreen and her friends.

What’s Happening

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32
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UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 picks up after Nancy and Squirrel Girl have returned from hypertime, with Doreen teaching an after-school computer science class. She claims that by teaching these kids she is preventing them from becoming villains, in case there’s some sort of after-school program that might lure them in.

Doreen then decides to make sure that her friend Kraven the Hunter stays away from that kind of life as well. So, she gathers up Kraven, Nancy, and a few other friends to do something fun together. It seems like a low stakes situation: just some friends who happen to have superpowers going into an escape room together. They even run into Howard the Duck along the way. However, when they go to the escape room, getting out of there may not be as easy as Howard the Duck made it seem.

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Fun Character Moments for Doreen Green

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 centers on themes of fun and friendship. These themes aren’t new to UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL, but North presents them in a way that’s different than what we’re used to seeing. Where we usually follow Squirrel Girl in her adventures, this time we’re seeing her as Doreen Green. This sets up plenty of great character moments between the Doreen side of things and Squirrel Girl’s usual charming presence.

There’s a moment where Squirrel Girl tries to make a big reveal of her secret identity to Kraven. Sadly, it blows up in her face when she finds out Kraven already knew it. The way she takes her secret identity so seriously, and her reaction to Kraven, shows that her carefree personality doesn’t affect her overall judgment. She still knows what’s important and is capable of taking care of things with the proper level of care.

In addition, North shows how much Doreen cares in a telling moment earlier in the issue, where she looks up if there’s an evil after-school program that could endanger her students. In this admittedly funny action, she proves how much she wants to protect them. She justifies that she is doing something to make a difference in the world; not just as Squirrel girl, but as Doreen Green too.

UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32
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Artist Derek Charm Joins UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32

Derek Charm joins the arc following series artist Erica Henderson’s departure. His art perfectly complements the simplicity of the events in UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32. He gives this issue a very minimalistic style; it fools the reader into thinking this issue will be low stakes, though plenty of action is yet to come. His art allows for the comic to roll with the punches visually. Derek Charm’s art also works well with action sequences, with the use of action lines to give the issue movement later on. Both of these aspects work well with maintaining the relaxed tone of the issue, and then smoothly transitioning it to become more serious.

Rico Renzi’s coloring in this issue includes minimal shading, creating flat images that complement Derek Charm’s fun and simplistic tone. Together, this art team brings a cartoonish quality that supports the mood that Doreen wants the day the to have.

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Tying Things Up

Ryan North puts the focus on Doreen Green to present this series’ themes in a different way. The use of Doreen Green rather than her superhero identity is refreshing; it makes the issue more slice-of-life with a superhero twist, rather than a purely superhero influenced story. This draws the reader in for a good read that also lets them unwind and laugh. Derek Charm’s art is really fitting for this series and creative team and is a perfect new addition for this arc. Overall, UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #32 maintains the series’ good name.

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