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Writer: Ash Maczko
Art: Ashley Witter
Devil’s Due $4.99
Stewart R: The dark and bloody tone of the cover to Squarriors really does capture the mood within the pages as this is one gloomy, yet undeniably engrossing read. Maczko briefly provides a flash of mankind’s final days, hinting at a great disaster and showing the kind of brutality that might be found during such turbulent times. That past echo then passes on its violent theme to a scene set a decade later as a mouse scout comes under attack from a host of spear-wielding enemies and Witter delivers a striking and grim execution page that will linger in the mind for some time. From there we’re introduced to the clan who form the focus of this tale, learn of their current struggle to survive in an unforgiving landscape, and gain a little insight into the political balance of the surrounding clans and the strained and dangerous relations between them all. There are a lot of names flying around early on, but once you get to know who everyone is - Witter does a good enough job of making each character as distinctive as possible whilst sticking to a relatively photo-realistic approach to the animals themselves - it becomes easier to follow. This is a big read, as can be expected from the price tag, and at its end we’ve been given a lot including character introductions, bloody skirmishes, a constant sense of tension and imminent danger, and rather gorgeous artwork. It’s a strong start for this four-part series and further evidence that in spite of high profile failures, Kickstarter still remains a viable option for ambitious comic book creators. 8/10