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She kicks butts and eats nuts! They get stuck in ruts and shoot themselves in the foot(s)! But could Squirrel Girl be just what the Great Lakes Avengers need to propel them into the big leagues? Or will she be the death of them? The same questions apply to new foe/recruit Deadpool (who spills guts), but he's just playing second fiddle to 'dorable Doreen. Follow Squirrel GiShe kicks butts and eats nuts! They get stuck in ruts and shoot themselves in the foot(s)! But could Squirrel Girl be just what the Great Lakes Avengers need to propel them into the big leagues? Or will she be the death of them? The same questions apply to new foe/recruit Deadpool (who spills guts), but he's just playing second fiddle to 'dorable Doreen. Follow Squirrel Girl's complete adventures with the GLA (or is that GLI? GLX? GLC? It changes a lot!) COLLECTING: GLA 1-4, GLX-MAS SPECIAL, THING (2006) 8, CABLE & DEADPOOL 30, DEADPOOL/GLI SUMMER FUN SPECTACULAR; MATERIAL FROM MARVEL SUPER-HEROES (1990) 8, I HEART MARVEL: MASKED INTENTIONS, AGE OF HEROES 3, I AM AN AVENGER 1...

Title : The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers
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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl & the Great Lakes Avengers Reviews

  • Sesana
    2019-04-27 14:13

    A collection of Squirrel Girl's early appearances! Yay! Except that most of these issues are actually pretty dire. But hey, Squirrel Girl's first appearance is here, and that's really good, and parts of the summer special issue are good, too.

  • Ma'Belle
    2019-05-04 15:11

    Vastly darker and more disturbing, less upbeat and feminist than the more recent Squirrel Girl books so many of us know and love. SG often serves as an opening 4th wall-breaking narrator who offers trigger warnings, since the Great Lakes team largely deals with themes of death, suicide, depression, alcoholism, and abuse and body-shaming and queer-shaming - none of which are handled all that terrifically.I'm still giving it 3 stars because there were enough enjoyable and redeeming qualities to the stories. The team is meant to stand out in stark contrast to the well-known characters of the Marvel universe: failure, inaction, and being unremarkable or unmemorable are their defining characteristics. And yet they have a certain charm, and some of their members have quite endearing character arcs.SG fans will love getting to see how her reputation builds upon being able to single-handedly defeat the biggest, most powerful baddies, all of which is directly made into a point to rub in the faces of whiny fanboys. From memory, she beats Dr. Doom, MODOK, Thanos, Bi-Beast, Deadpool, The Mandarin, Korvak, and Fin Fang Foom (the last three of which are just mentioned but hot really shown). Uatu, the Watcher shows up after she's incapacitated Thanos (right after MODOK, all on the same trip to the store for toilet paper and egg nog) just to verify for the canon that the Thanos seen beaten is the real deal.Still - do not consider this essential reading as part of Squirrel Girl's collected comics.

  • Cyndi
    2019-05-11 16:13

    Squirrel Girl is so cool! She is funny and takes some of the serious out of the Marvel Universe. Lots of fun!

  • Chelsea
    2019-05-03 18:34

    I don't even know where to begin!I guess I'll confess that I didn't know anything about the Great Lakes Avengers. Aside from Ashley Crawford being one of the answers I always miss on that Sporcle quiz.That being said, they were surprisingly interesting. They're a team of reject superheroes that tried to carve a space for themselves in the Great Lakes region and even that didn't work out. Hawkeye and Mockingbird were a part of them for a bit? I guess? Unless that was a joke as well.Let me say I know for a fact the humor in this book won't work for everyone. I don't mean that in a douchey "If you're not laughing, you're not smart enough to get the joke" kind of way. I mean that in a "some sketches just aren't for everyone" kind of way. The humor in the book reminded me of Happy Tree Friends and Drawn Together. Let that sink in. Quite a bit of it was darkly humorous. Some of it was just "Why is this happening?" humorous. Squirrel Girl is a one of a kind character but one that I genuinely think of to be happy and cheerful. So imagine my surprise when she's in a book that dives quickly into a tale about a superhero that keeps trying to commit suicide?There's quite a bit on the Great Lakes Avengers. I feel like everyone got sufficient development. We're introduced to Mr Immortal first. Everyone in his life keeps dying and he's doomed to live forever. That story was funny and then really sad. Like, I actually felt bad for him and Dinah and I wasn't expecting that.I don't know how to feel about Big Bertha. I don't even know if they were really trying to make a statement about body image with her because I personally can't appreciate anyone joking about eating disorders. It's a personal thing but yeah... she exists.Dehmarr had my favorite Christmas feature. The story about his dad was relatable and interesting. It was full of dark humor as well.Mr. Flatman appealed to me about as much as Elastic Man in DC. Which is to say, not at all but he was used well in team books.Anyway, Squirrel Girl joins their team and it makes for some awkwardly funny moments because someone on the GLA team dies every issue. It's always funny and then you feel bad for laughing because Doreen is upset about it. Grasshopper's death made me laugh my ass off. Because I'm a bad person. The Deadpool intervals were good. I didn't know how to feel about the jokes about the Young Avengers. I loved the CW tie-ins but he kind of overstayed his welcome in this book. Never thought I'd say that.Anyway, it's a recommend if this type of humor is your thing. If you're the kind of person that thinks South Park, Drawn Together, and Happy Tree Friends are stupid, gross, unnecessarily dark, this is probably not your thing. 4 stars.

  • Ran
    2019-05-15 11:07

    ... I got faked out by the Gurihiru cover. Beware, there is no Gurihiru in this thing. Also, Squirrel Girl is terrifying prior to ... Erica Henderson, so like circa 2015. No one wants to join to Great Lakes Avengers. Shocker.

  • Shaun
    2019-04-26 13:11

    The only thing I dislike about this collection is the cover. Now, it's not because I dislike the artwork itself. It's because the artwork is extremely misleading. You see, while Squirrel Girl has never been beaten, she was not always known as "Unbeatable." Before she got her own series and went to college, she used to wear black eye makeup and fur lined gettup to fight crime in Wisconsin. Though she remains much the same personality-wise, kind, happy, wanting to do whats right and be friends with people, the people she was friends with used to be drastically different. Her friends in the Great Lakes Avengers have a lot of problems. Issues like suicide and death are brought the forefront. Though it is all with a humorous edge, it's a mature series. They hang out with Deadpool, the guy who just got a very hard R rated movie lately. Now for the right audience (say me) It's great. but the cover is so misleading. I get why they did it, to sell more copies. To show something more familiar to the audience that knows her. The problem is a huge segment of the readers of her new comic are very young people. This collection is not for them.But lets get past the cover. For the right audience this collection is GREAT. When I found out Squirrel Girl existed I had to google her. When I found out she was in a group called the Great Lakes Avengers I HAD to get it. They were literally the first comic books I ever bought, and I bought them at age 29. Though it is still heavily humor based, it is a dark humor. People die and you laugh at it because the circumstances are so ridiculous. People try to kill themselves and you giggle. Now, even though Squirrel Girl gets top billing in this book, she's not always the top star. Deadpool takes the lead in some later in, and his humor blends marvelously with her and the rest of the crew. They add levity to the serious (but oh so silly) storyline of the first Civil War arc. Now I don't know a whole bunch about the universe as things were happening at that time, but I followed it enough to get a kick out of things.I am so happy they finally have a good solid collection of Squirrel Girl appearances before she got her own solo comic. This is the stuff that made me a diehard Squirrel Girl Fan. Though I like the direction she's gone in lately, I love where she used to be too. Though there are stark differences in tone between then and now, I love both. I just wish the cover didn't paint an inaccurate picture of what people were getting.

  • Dan
    2019-04-26 18:17

    ugh...don't waste your time reading this. The worst team ever The Great Lakes Avengers. Basically, castoffs that The Avengers didn't want. Even if you are a fan of the new Squirrel Girl series this will not be what you are hoping to see. Even the Deadpool team up was not that great.

  • Kimberly
    2019-04-29 11:17

    A collection of Squirrel girl appearances before she had her stand alone series. Also includes her first appearance which is hilarious.

  • Sineala
    2019-04-22 13:20

    Clearly released to cash in on the popularity of the currently-ongoing Squirrel Girl series, this is an anthology of Squirrel Girl's previous appearances. Since before now she was basically an extremely minor member of the world's worst superhero team, what this book really is is a GLA anthology that happens to start with a reprint of her first appearance and has slapped her name on the cover for extra marketing points.I say this as a giant fan of the current Squirrel Girl run: this is not going to be what you want.Oh, some of the book is nice; I really enjoyed the character's first appearance, and her team-up with Iron Man to defeat Doom. (Her initial art design kind of terrifies me, oh God those eyes, but I can ignore it.) That was really what I was hoping the rest of this book would be like. And then the bulk of the book is GLA issue after issue. I don't know what went wrong here. I usually like Dan Slott's writing, but this just... it isn't funny. It isn't. The jokes are either meh or cruel (that was more bulimia jokes than I ever needed, thanks) and mostly I can't be made to care about anyone. So, while, yeah, you will learn about her fighting MODOK and Thanos, it's just... meh.There is a very cute issue about Doreen's crush on Speedball (of New Warriors fame). This was written by Nicieza, which I think helps a lot. The Thing's bar mitzvah and poker tournament isn't half-bad, either. Probably because it's not entirely about the GLA.And then we descend, inexplicably, into Deadpool. Because apparently Deadpool was on the team. Was hanging around with the team. Something. I don't know. There is only so much Deadpool I can take. We then take a further turn into the bizarre as the GLA appear in a Cable & Deadpool issue that is actually part of Civil War! Because out-of-context bits of event comics featuring other superheroes is exactly what this book needed! Deadpool is trying to get them to register but they were... already... registered... I guess. And Steve attempts to have an actual serious conversation about the SHRA with Cable. I do like Nicieza's work, and at some point I should sit down and read all of C&D, and it was certainly better written than most of the book, but it was a little weird to suddenly find Civil War.The book ends with a few pages here and there that just happened to have Squirrel Girl, from random other comics, just for the sake of completeness.If you want to read a fun story about Squirrel Girl, honestly, just read her first appearance from this book and then go read the current run. Which is way better than this.

  • Kyra
    2019-05-23 14:14

    This book was...not what I was expecting. I love the current Squirrel Girl series–it’s hilarious and relatively light-hearted and often pretty heartwarming, and at least from what I’ve read so far, it’s always optimistic. So I kind of figured Squirrel Girl’s previous appearances would be similar? NOT SO MUCH. This shit is dark–like, some of it’s kind of cool and occasionally it’s funny in a normal way, but the majority of it is black comedy at best in a way that feels a little like tryhard “adult” edginess to me. (Also, one character has a dead mom and TWO fridged girlfriends, because of course he does.) Tonally, it’s completely different from the current run, which makes the cute cover of Doreen in her modern costume a bizarre choice. It's...not even a bad book, necessarily, but it's also really, really not for everyone, and if you assume from the cover and logo that it'll be along the same lines as the current Squirrel Girl run (like I did), you'll probably be as unpleasantly surprised as I was.

  • Chad
    2019-05-22 13:25

    This was SO much better than the ongoing Squirrel Girl series, especially the parts Dan Slott wrote. It's witty and entertaining with plenty of action. I like how Squirrel girl takes out big time baddies like Thanos and Fin Fang Foom off panel. It makes for a much funnier book. And the "Fuzzball Special" made me laugh out loud. While Squirrel Girl makes an appearance in all the books, they aren't all focused on her. All in all, a really fun book. R.I.P. Monkey Joe.

  • Patrick.G.P
    2019-05-05 15:07

    Man this was a fun read! Marvel's most inept superhero team from Milwaukee, The Great Lakes Avengers, teams up with the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and tries to save the day (and the universe). Great humor and storytelling, Dan Slott's writing is excellent here! Recommended!

  • Erin
    2019-05-01 10:17

    I struggled with this one, not because it was bad - I'm just not so much into the death and destruction and persistent suicide. I liked Squirrel Girl for her positivity (which she has here), and her ability to negotiate past the easy label of "villain" (which she also does here). But her major role in this compilation seems to be that of resident hand-wringer and all-around sad Pollyanna, albeit a kick-butt one (yes, it's a weird dichotomy). I found myself mentally echoing her despair at the events taking place, the death, the death, and the more death.The humor remains spot-on, despite the dark (dark, really deeply dark) tone. I was not surprised to see Deadpool appear in the last few stories.

  • Nick
    2019-05-20 18:30

    The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North and Erica Henderson is easily one of my favourite comic series being published right now so I thought it would be interesting to read this volume and see how the character has evolved and how she was written in the past. Honestly, It was pretty tedious to get through. There were some entertaining moments, but it seemed like previous writers just didn't know what to do with the character apart from make her personality a little "nutty" and have her talk to squirrels. Very two dimensional. The one good thing that came from reading this is that it very much made me appreciate the evolution of the character and the inventiveness of the current series even more.

  • John
    2019-04-29 12:24

    For some reason Marvel thought they should answer the question of what The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl would be like if, instead of being written by an educated and witty optimistic humanist, it were written by a cynic with a mean streak and a sophomoric sense of humor.This was the result. It's ... regrettable.

  • Catherine
    2019-05-12 11:32

    Borders on the unreadable. Not, alas, Squirrel Girl as we know and love her and definitely not one for the kiddies, despite what the cover suggests. I no longer have any questions about why I'd never heard of the Great Lakes Avengers before they got a passing mention in SG.

  • Laur K.
    2019-04-22 12:32

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS. So excited for this rerelease! <3

  • Enigmaticblue
    2019-05-13 18:10

    I enjoyed this collection, although I like Squirrel Girl's solo run more. Still, it's silly fun.

  • K. O'Bibliophile
    2019-04-30 14:33

    A collection of various Squirrel Girl stories before the current SG series, I did, in fact, really really like it. But I think it also needs to be said that the current Unbeatable Squirrel Girl can be read without seeing any of the things in this book, and these stories have a markedly different tone than the USG series.We start with SG's first appearance--a fun one-off from 1992 where she tries to get Iron Man to team up, accidentally pisses off Doctor Doom, and saves them both through squirrel power. She's fun, a little naive, and most of all, the tone is rather lighthearted. It's extremely different from the superhero stories I'm used to seeing, but charming and you can see how some of the ridiculousness is embraced and that's continued to the current series.Then prepare for whiplash: we're introduced to the Great Lakes Avengers through Mr. Immortal blowing his brains out right at the beginning of the story....Okay then.The GLA started, SG-less, as a bunch of third-rate superheroes whose stories are presented in a slightly snarky way: it's clear that these aren't just underdogs, we are to understand that it's humorous when a nihilistic, depressed immortal tries to team up with a supermodel whose power is bulking herself hundreds of pounds (and has to lose it/return to 'normal' by, um, clogging up toilets) and a guy whose body can be used as a door/portal, like a less-useful version of Kitty Pryde (tip: don't stand behind him when people are throwing projectile weapons), among others.And it kinda is. The GLA-f0cused stories can never quite decide if they want to play up the nihilism and despair of being small-time regional heroes in a Marvel world, or if they want to embrace the campy ridiculousness that's possible.Overall, it's odd. It's so different and separate from the current USG series that it's not required reading, and it's definitely got more of the comic violence, blood, and sexual innuendo that you'd expect from "regular" comics, not the USG series. And yet, it's so weird--maybe because this is all there is, there's no GLA series to try and keep up with--I couldn't put it down.

  • Kelly
    2019-05-13 17:19

    The Great Lake Avengers are doing their mediocre best to keep the Mid West safe. Of course, any time a big threat comes through, the big groups (X-men, Avengers, or Defenders) comes to take care of things. But when strange things start happening and the big groups don't believe there's a real threat, it's up to the most disrespected superhero group in the world to save the universe.Let's face it, I read this because of Squirrel Girl. While the story was okay, I didn't like it as much as most of the other comic books I've read. Especially because it was a lot darker than I was expecting. I know it's not entirely fair to judge this comic book on the basis of just Squirrel Girl but sometimes we can't help our prejudices.I did find the storyline interesting, especially because the GLA does actually save the day...and yet no one would believe them. The small Deadpool story was also pretty funny. I didn't find the darkness in that storyline nearly as off-putting, mostly because I always expect Deadpool to be pretty dark.Overall not my favorite collection of stories, but still pretty decent.

  • S
    2019-05-01 13:31

    *Warning: In spite of the cover, this book isn't for small children, or people who don't enjoy "dark" humor. The misleading cover for this book should never have been approved for this volume. Having said that, it is a cute cover, but the book doesn't involve "cute" stories. Thus, I feel, the misleading cover has resulted in so many disappointed readers hoping for their usual, upbeat dose of USG... and this isn't it.*With that being said, I really enjoyed this. And probably for the reasons most of the "fan-girls" hate it: it's not the usual light, fluffy, parent-approved for 6-year-olds, let's save the world with friendly negotiation, style comic that USG has become. (To which, I still love USG, but I love this too.) These certainly weren't (all) 100% focused on USG, and that was kind of fun. Many different senses of humor, lots of new characters, and now I get the GLA references in the USG series. It's a win! As far as I'm concerned, let your younger kids read the first appearance, but after that... strap in for some stories about some very unlikely heroes written for teens & adults who enjoy a little dark humor. 4.5* rounded up.

  • Philip
    2019-04-25 15:25

    Apparently there's a whole separate "grown-up" Squirrel Girl series where she's in college or high school or something - more serious than this thing, and fans of THAT series are apparently unhappy with this collection. However...not knowing the other series, I found this a whole lot of fun.I've always liked the idea of Squirrel Girl, just because it sounded so stupid. And apparently, at least part of MARVEL feels the same way; this whole book was very tongue-in-cheek, and much more in line with the Deadpool sense of humor than the seriousness of, say, the Avengers. In fact, Deadpool is a key figure in this book, and adds to the overall sense of ridiculousness. That said, the Great Lakes Avengers are ridiculous enough without him - I particularly liked the 2-dimensional Flatman, (the book includes a "Flatman action figure," which is just a paper doll-like cutout), and Big Bertha.At the same time, the book is surprisingly dark. Major characters die off rather suddenly, and the loss of Dinah Soar is particularly poignant. Anyway - overall, some good silly fun, especially after the much heavier "Civil War" Avengers books I've been reading lately.

  • Steven
    2019-04-26 14:31

    Collects a bunch of Squirrel Girl's earlier appearances, but those interested should be forewarned that there's a large divide between this and the Ryan North iteration, despite Dan Slott providing an uptick in silly humour on the way (he also provides a whole bunch of body shaming, queer shaming, and appearance shaming too, all of which looks like it was meant to be clever, but comes off badly.) The mocking of the whole Penance idiocy after Civil War was welcome, though (this was where they had Speedball shave his head and wear a costume with spikes on the inside.)

  • Nicole
    2019-05-20 14:17

    3.5 starsThe comics in this volume were good. The GLA comics were pretty dark. I liked the "GLX-mas Special" comics. HOWEVER, this cover, while completely adorable, is misleading as Squirrel Girl is hardly in some of these comics. That's why I rated it 3 stars. I'll just stick with the newer Squirrel Girl comics! P.S. RIP Monkey Joe. That was a rough one. P.S.S. I did love seeing when "Nutball" (thanks, Deadpool) picks Tippy Toe to be her new second. <3

  • Lisa
    2019-05-23 18:07

    While it was nice to see some of Squirrel Girl's origins, this was not really anything like the Ryan North stories. SG didn't have too much presence here, and she didn't have any of the humor I connect to the Squirrel Girl character. I did like seeing Big Bertha and some interaction with Deadpool, though.

  • Cait Shanly
    2019-05-01 13:32

    More of a Great Lakes Avenger collection than a Squirrel Girl collection, but I was pleasantly surprised about this. I was bummed when they cancelled the new GLA series so it was fun to have more stories with them. It was also cool seeing Squirrel Girl’s rise to super hero status. All the other heroes have mad respect for her! She eats nuts AND kicks butts!

  • Ed
    2019-04-27 15:30

    The original Ditko story that introduces Squirrel Girl is great and I also enjoyed the Thing poker issue. But the GLA issues have that mid 00s lazy transgressive sense f humor that doesn’t work for me. The the GLA become Deadpool supporting characters and that is not interesting to me at all.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-22 12:07

    She's a college student/squirrel super hero who you should know. She's been saving the other superheroes for, like, ever. Theme song sounds real familiar... Don't skip the footnotes and letters to the editor.

  • Abbie
    2019-05-09 13:29

    Much darker than the newer SG stuff, so be prepared. At the same time very mocking of the GLA. Still enjoyable.

  • eHawk
    2019-05-22 10:19

    nice review of squirrel girl's previous appearances. a good history.