Even though I came to comics late in life, I was immediately skeptical when Dean and Shannon Hale first released their middle grade novels based upon the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl arc. Would they be able to match Ryan North’s fantastic sense of humor? Would the story be as engaging without Erica Henderson’s expressive drawings? Did we really need another version of Squirrel Girl?
And so, I resisted.
Around the same time, Mariko Tamaki and Brooke Allen began releasing the Lumberjanes novels. The following year, Andy Mientus and Rian Sygh did up a Backstagers novel. By then, I had succumbed to the hype around the Squirrel Girl novels. I found them to be delightful. I read the Backstagers novel, too.