Illustration: The cover to issue #31 — the first letters of each word spell out “BYE ERICA WE LOVE YOU!”

Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #31 is the last issue that Erica Henderson will illustrate, so it’s lucky that it’s such a great issue. It not only provides us with a great story, but also delves deep into the relationship between Doreen Green and her best friend Nancy Whitehead...although, depending on how you interpret the events of this issue, their relationship might have gone past “just friends.”

The issue begins with Squirrel Girl, Nancy, Chipmunk Hunk, Koi Boi, and Brain Drain fighting a criminal/streamer called “EpicCrimez” (yes, with a z), who streams all of his criminal activities, which seems pretty stupid. Even though he seems pretty harmless, he does pull out a weapon he found on a UFO (probably pretty common in the Marvel universe) and fires it, hitting Squirrel Girl and Nancy.

Who then find that the world has been frozen in time. Finding a nearby robbery by Bullseye, Doreen and Nancy realize that it’s not time that’s frozen — they are, in fact, moving at hypertime, so everything else appears to be moving incredibly, incredibly slow. So they decide to use this to fight crime.

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So now Doreen and Nancy have to figure out a way to get out of hypertime before they die of old age...which will happen in about two days. But that also means that in those two days, they can prevent any and all crimes and accidents from happening in New York City.

Which they then tell everyone.

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So Doreen and Nancy go about their time stopping all crime and accidents and building a time machine in order to bring themselves out of hypertime. But years for them pass in hours outside. And building a time machine? Is pretty damn hard.

So time goes on.

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Eventually, Nancy figures out how the original hypertime gun worked and reverse-engineers a device that will restore them from the moment it hit them. But...there’s one little problem.

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And that’s how the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl made me cry.