Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Reader's Diary #1435- Various artists and writers: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the Great Lakes Avengers

I've already determined that I'm a Squirrel Girl fan but I cannot say that I knew a hill of beans about the Great Lakes Avengers, so when I heard there was a compilation of Squirrel Girl's time with the group, it seemed like the perfect time to educate myself.

Given the general oddness of Squirrel Girl, the Great Lakes Avengers turned out to be a great fit. The other members include Big Bertha (whose superpower sees her able to become supremely obese), Doorman (who can teleport himself or others but just over very short distances, like the next room), Mr. Immortal (who can die, but comes immediately back to life), Flatman (who is two dimensional, can stretch, and if he turns sideways, can disappear), and Dinah Soar (a pink humanoid with a dinosaur looking head and wings and the ability to fly). For a short time Deadpool is also a member.

It's a rather ragtag team who gets no respect at all, mostly due to their less than stellar abilities. Of course this is played for comic relief but nonetheless they're a likeable collection, if for nothing else than their ambition. They know where they stand, they're not delusional, but they desperately want to be superheroes anyway. And they look out for one another. Well, maybe not so much Deadpool. But he, with his dark humour is contrasted hilariously with Squirrel Girl's lighter quirkiness. She'll only ever refer to him as "you evil, evil man!"

It's a great premise really. I've often wondered why all the mutants and inhumans in Marvel lore always wound up with super useful skills. What about waking up one morning to discover that you can turn your skin blue on command? Or create a tiny flame out of your pinky finger? The Great Lakes Avengers aren't that pathetic, of course, but still the idea is there.

Like all collections of course, it's a little inconsistent. Some art is better than others, some stories are better than others, but for the most part it's a fun ride and everyone seemed to get what made the characters so special.

2 comments:

Buried In Print said...

The first volume has just come into the library on an ILL, so I suspect I'll be a SquirrelGirl fan in no time at all! Glad to hear you enjoyed this one too.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

It sounds like a romp! And I, for one, would be fascinated to see these characters if they were ever brought to the big screen.