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Tragedy is easy, comedy is hard, which is why there are so many sad superheoes. It’s much easier to kill a character to make us cry than it is to make that same superhero draw a laugh. Humor is subjective, but shooting a loved one in the face is always going to be a terrible act. So I can see why not a lot of writers go for the joke; it could easily fall flat and ruin their story. It’s the fearless type of writer who throws angst to the wind and heads in feet first into comedy!
Ryan North and Erica Henderson are just that fearless. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl isn’t just a regular story with comedy bits sprinkled in, but a full-out funny book with all the trimmings. From the difficult-to-read stingers at the bottom of every page, to the wild squirrel network that alerts our heroine to danger, to the decorations of her college roommate (which I personally adore!), nothing is taken all that seriously.
Designed by Playdom, one of Marvel’s sister companies within the Disney media empire, the game allows players to assemble a team of Avengers from all corners of the Marvel U. to fight through various missions involving a host of villains. Recruitable heroes include everyone from Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four to heroes with, um, lower profiles, like Union Jack, Black Knight and Thundra.
Marvel has debuted the pilot episode of All Winners Squad, its new online animated series that features such cult characters as Squirrel Girl, Hypno-Hustler, Frog-Man, Unicorn and Howard the Duck.
Announced at Comic-Con International, All Winners Squad finds (in Marvel’s words) the “awe-inspiring assemblage” brought together by the mysterious, and unintelligible, Mr. Fish to work as interns in a rundown, leaking office, where they’ll apparently be at odds with
Paste-Pot Pete the Trapster. Judging from the Comic-Con panel, viewers will also be treated to appearances by the likes of Batroc, Devil Dinosaur, Ego the Living Planet and Stilt Man.
All Winners Squad comes from the same team that produces Marvel Superheroes: What The–?!, so if you like those videos you’ll probably enjoy this series. Plus, where else are you going to see Spider-Man foe the Walrus in animated form?
• Sue at DC Women Kicking Ass lists 2011’s 10 best issues of DC Comics for female characters, highlighting issues of Secret Six, the pre-relaunch Batgirl and post-relaunch Wonder Woman: “…Enter Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang. From the first pages it was clear this run was going to be different. Stunning art and an unforgivingly aggressive storyline unafraid to shake up the status quo made Wonder Woman one of the two top selling female led books of the new 52 and a top 20 comic for the first time in years. Wonder Woman is back on top and all is right with the world.”
• ComicsAlliance compiles their complete best of 2011 list, which includes Atomic Robo, Criminal: Last of the Innocent and Batman: The Black Mirror.
• Josh and Elizabeth from Things From Another World count down their favorite comics of the year in video form.
• Ed Sizemore lists his top manga of the year, including Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths and Wandering Son.
• Kelly Thompson at Comics Should Be Good! shares her bests, and a few worsts, of 2011. Her bests include Princeless, Detective Comics and Uncanny X-Force.
• Ben Morse posts a gift-getting guide, or a “helpful guide to some of the good stuff that came out in the 12 months prior either already or soon to be available in collected form that you can use to divest yourselves of those newly acquired gift cards or wads of cash.”
• read/RANT list their 10 best of the year, including Paying For It and Ultimate Spider-Man: Death of Spider-Man.
• And finally, the year in Squirrel Girl.
Welcome to a special Super Bowl Sunday edition of What Are You Reading? Not that it’s any different from a regular WAYR column, but you can enjoy it while eating hot wings while the TV is paused.
Today our special guest is biology professor Jay Hosler, creator of Clan Apis and Optical Allusions. His latest book, Evolution, with artists Kevin Cannon and Zandor Cannon, was recently released by Hill & Wang. Check out his blog for a story he’s working on about photosynthesis.
To see what Jay and the Robot 6 gang are reading, click below.
After years of being disrespected, laughed at and made to join the Great Lake Avengers, Squirrel Girl’s tenacity and perseverance pays off. The young girl who can chew through wood not only lands a job as the nanny to the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones in New Avengers, but she’s also got a line of T-shirts for sale by Mighty Fine T-shirts.
Check out two other designs after the jump, one of which puts the spotlight on her sidekick, Monkey Joe. All the shirts come with a bag of back-up nuts.
It’s also worth noting that while Squirrel Girl gets a whole line of T-shirts at Mighty Fine, her arch-enemy Dr. Doom only gets one, featuring rainbows and unicorns. Advantage: Squirrel Girl.