The Squirrel Girl comic books issue-by-issue collecting guide and trade reading order for omnibus, hardcover, and trade paperback collections. Find every issue and appearance! Part of Crushing Krisis’s Crushing Comics. Last updated August 2016 with titles scheduled for release through March 2017.
New to Squirrel Girl? Here’s where to start!
Check out Vol. 1: Squirrel Power and Vol. 2: Squirrel You Know It’s True, a pair of paperbacks that collect Squirrel Girl’s entire 2010 series PLUS her debut from 1990. You don’t need any special Marvel knowledge to start there. You can get both of those volumes in a single hardcover with Deluxe Edition, Vol. 1.
If you like what you read (or already love Doreen Green), keep reading to learn more.
- A Brief History of Squirrel Girl Comic Books
- Squirrel Girl’s Debut and Great Lakes Avengers (1991 & 2005 – 2010)
- Squirrel Girl, Nanny to The Avengers (2010 – 2012)
- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Volume 1 (2015) – Seriously, you can just start here if you want!
- The Unbearable Squirrel Girl, Volume 2 (2015 – present)
Could writer Will Murray and venerable artist Steve Ditko have ever dreamed that when created a silly, one-off ally for Iron Man in a nearly-shelved story in 1991 they were creating a hero that would capture the hearts of so many fans over 25 years later?
Probably not, given that Squirrel Girl did not make another appearance for 14 years after her ignominious debut! Plus, she was a girl with the claw, tail, proportional strength, and reflexes of a squirrel – not exactly A-list material, even when you add her ability to understand the critters. In other words: a one-off joke.
She finally resurfaced in 2005 as part of the pun-filled Great Lakes Avengers (GLA), which were part of future Spider-Man writer Dan Slott’s journey from YA funny books to Marvel’s signature wallcrawler.
Slott continued to dote on Squirrel Girl for a few years, but what cracked this nut wide open cause was Deadpool.
Fabian Nicieza was writing Cable & Deadpool in 2006, and in the fateful issue #30 Deadpool first crossed paths with Squirrel Girl and the GLA during Marvel’s Civil War event.
Okay, it wasn’t actually that momentous occasion. However, Deadpool is a major seller for Marvel and his fans love many silly, punny things. Squirrel Girl fit right in, which brought her much wider notice than she had under Slott’s pen. The two writers then teamed up for Deadpool / GLI: Summer Fun Spectacular, while Slott twice slipped her into his Avengers: The Initiative.
Finally, in 2010, Squirrel Girl hit the big time – Brian Bendis added her as a supporting character to one of a pair of Avengers flagship titles – New Avengers. No longer at the comedic fringe of the Marvel Universe, now she appeared in the supporting cast of Marvel’s top-selling books.
And then, she finally… disappeared completely. Seriously, after Bendis’s use of her, she up and dropped out of comics for three years. It seemed like she was about to fade back into obscurity, but after the success of 2014’s Ms. Marvel, Marvel was seeking more quirky, female-lead books to bring to market.
That’s how we wound up with Dinosaur Comics author Ryan North and illustrator Erica Henderson on the uproariously fun-for-all-ages Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in 2015
Suddenly, Squirrel Girl was in her own top-selling comic book! It just took 25 years to get there. And, in all honesty, you don’t have to read any of those 25 years of comics to enjoy this series. North and Henderson give you all of the information you need to know to enjoy their book in nearly every issue. The launch of the book itself was a fresh start for Squirrel Girl – it only glancingly references her past stories.
Thanks to her newfound popularity, Squirrel Girl’s profile in Marvel was a bit higher in 2016. Now, rather than be a supporting member in an Avengers book, she was a star in a new volume of New Avengers. Plus, she made more guest-starring appearances than ever.