You might think that relaunching a series just months after it originally debuted would be a little nuts, but in the case of Marvel's Unbeatable Squirrel Girl it's somehow apropos.
On Sunday, the publisher revealed that Unbeatable Squirrel Girl would be returning with a new #1 just months after the inaugural volume was announced as ending along with 30+ other books in the wake of Secret Wars. Now, Doreen Green is primed to join the "All-New All-Different Marvel" line-up with its original creative team of Ryan North and Erica Henderson in tow.
North describes the upcoming new volume a "new start" and a "continuation" of what they've already done with the character. In the new series, Squirrel Girl will find herself a card-carrying Avengers, while also continuig her schooling in computer science and juggling friends like Tippy-Toe, Nancy, Mew, Chimpmunk Hunk and Koi Boi.
Newsarama: What can you two tell us about the new arc and new volume of Unbeatable Squirrel Girl?
Ryan North: It's a new start for Squirrel Girl (which I guess is good seeing as it's got #1 on the title) but it's also a continuation of all that's come before: Tippy-Toe will still be there, Nancy will still be there, Mew will still be there, Chipmunk Hunk and Koi Boi will clearly still be there... but like all the other Marvel books we're jumping ahead eight months, so a lot has changed that we didn't get to see, at least not right away.
I don't want to give away too much about our first arc, but I can say it definitely features cyborgs and squirrels and time travel and friendship, and if that doesn't sell you on a comic book, I don't know what will.
Nrama: Marvel's "All-New" and "All-Different" -- but is Doreen in this new series?
Erica Henderson: Yes.
North: There's only one Squirrel Girl! Though I could see an interloper being discovered when her taped-on tail falls off, mid battle. But that's not what happens in our book! You get only the real Squirrel Girl here.
Nrama: And now with Doreen getting her Avengers I.D. card, how will this change things here?
Henderson: Doreen's always known she was Avengers material. She's going to stay pretty level headed and keep on trucking as usual.
North: Yeah, for Doreen it's great to get the recognition, but it doesn't change who she is. I imagine if you gave her the Nobel Prize she'd be all "Oh cool, thanks! This is really awesome and also - quite unexpected?" but the next day she'd be back to eating nuts and kicking butts, as usual.
Nrama: Some of the big thrills for people in this series has been the appearances by some of Marvel's big bads. Can you perhaps say who could be showing up in this new series?
North: I can't, because it would be a huge spoiler, and nobody wants to be spoiled on their comics when they're reading an interview like this! But I will say that Doreen's never been one to shy away from a confrontation just because someone's "stronger" than she is - witness the Squirrel Girl vs Galactus showdown from our earlier this year! - so everyone is on the table. Let me be perfectly clear: there is not a single person in the Marvel Universe safe from Squirrel Girl.
Nrama: Enough about her work life -- what's coming up for Doreen and her school life?
Henderson: Doreen plans to continue to pursue her bachelor's in computer science.
North: Yeah, as all CS students know, first year is super easy, but second year is when things get harder. At least that's how it was in my experience. And I didn't have to save the planet between classes either. Instead, I went home and studied quietly. I was a party animal.
Nrama: nother enjoyable part of this series for fans has been its puns. Has there ever been a pun that didn't make print that you had second thoughts about? Like lost puns, pun b-sides, that you could share with us?
Henderson: Each one of Ryan's puns are pure gold. There are no b-sides.
North: Erica, you forever have a place in my heart for saying this. Saying all my puns are pure gold really shows your... mettle.
Also, everyone please ignore that pun and read the new Squirrel Girl book, it's better than that, honest.
Nrama: Last question -- how much time do you two spend thinking about the logistics of having a tail like Doreen?
Henderson: I imagine it's a lot like always having a cushion strapped to your butt. Very comfy.
North: I want everyone to know that I'm doing future interviews with a cushion strapped to my butt from now on. It IS comfy! No regrets.