Quick! Big game enthusiast Kraven the Hunter has wandered onto your college campus (getting all up in your squirrels’ collective grill) hunting Spider-Man, Kraven’s nemesis and (to Kraven) The Most Dangerous Game. Lead squirrel and best friend Tippy-Toe is in mortal danger of being squashed by Kraven’s huntery fist. You have the body of a young woman and the proportional strength and speed of a squirrel. What do you do?
Also quick! A mutagenic fog has descended on Jersey City, turning the party you’ve snuck out of the house to attend (defying your parents, who are already this close to making you spend more time at the mosque absorbing the lessons of imam Sheikh Abdullah) into a confused mess. Popular girl at school Zoe Zimmer has fallen off a pier into the Atlantic. At the same time your “sad nerd obsession with the Avengers” means the fog has bestowed upon you Carol Danvers’ old Ms. Marvel outfit. And blonde hair. And fists that you can embiggen. There’s no time. What do you do?
Kamala Khan and Doreen Green (Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl, respectively) anchor the best of a new breed of superhero graphic novels. Rejecting superhero comics’ recent tendency to be nothing but grim, dark, and occasionally grimdark (see most of DC Comics’ New 52), the two series feature millennial women for whom the status quo is the true villain. Squirrel Girl could handily defeat any villain who comes her way, but why engage in violence when she can wordize her way to showing Kraven that there’s way more exciting hunts in the briny deep?
Three volumes of Ms. Marvel (No Normal, Generation Why and Crushed) are available, while Doreen’s adventures are chronicled in The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Squirrel Power, Squirrel You Know It’s True and the forthcoming Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now). As a tonic to Batman and Superman monosyllabically grunting at each other, place a hold on any or all of them today!