The other book from the weekend. This one gets its own post since the story was wrapping up this month. Seemed fair.
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #20, by Ryan North (writer), Erica Henderson (artist), Rico Renzi (color artist), Travis Lanham (letterer) - Qbert reference. There was a Dairy Queen my grandmother and I always went to when she came to visit, they had one of those. I usually didn't have the quarters, so I just watched it demonstrate how the game worked while we waited for our food. Which seemed like an eternity, but was probably 5 minutes.
Melissa overthought this. Having already pinned the mosquito attack on Dr. Doom, she now dresses one of her bears in a mockup of his outfit, then tries to pin the whole thing on Squirrel Girl as having created this false threat to make herself look good. Which allows Melissa to "thwart" Squirrel Girl, appearing to be the hero. And since people are stupid, that could almost work, and she would still be able to control the animals at her leisure. I guess she figured it was a good way to take Squirrel Girl off the board, but it feels comically overdone. Which is the point, making fun of the ludicrous lengths people will go to claim mass conspiracy.
Melissa is ultimately defeated by Mary's love for EMPs, but is approached in prison by the evil Asgardian trickster Ratatoskr. That's one titanic team-up you weren't expecting. Erica Henderson doesn't off get the chance to draw disturbing things in this book, between the images of a shaved Tippy-Toe, and the panel of a woman peeling her face apart to reveal a beady-eyed squirrel with a horn beneath, she handled it pretty well. And the big fight full-page splash, even if I have to question Koi Boi who appears to be kicking that lion in the junk as he flips him. Not cool, dude. But clotheslining an ostrich is good strategy, assuming trying to break one of their legs is out, and I doubt Doreen wants to cripple mind-controlled animals.
I do want Doom to team-up with Squirrel Girl whenever Melissa and Ratatoskr show up. Melissa stole his equipment, and dressed a bear up in one of his costumes (the bear does wear the costume well). That's a slap in the face, and I expect him not to stand for it. I think Ryan North writes a good Dr. Doom.
And Chef Bear and Alfredo the Chicken got married, which is sweet, but will there be problems when Chef Bear goes into hibernation? That's going to be an unresponsive spouse for several months.