Squarriors #4 (Review) Turf War
Created, Written, and Layouts by Ash Maczko
Art, Letters. And Colors by Ashley Witter
Published by Devil’s Due Entertainment
This book came across my desk and made me do a double-take, this book is an eye-catcher for sure. Yes, it’s another post-apocalyptic story but with a twist. Picture The Walking Dead mashed up with a mouse guard twist. There is a lot more to it of course but that’s the closest comparison that I could come up with. This is the fourth issue of this arc, but it was easy to grasp what was happening, well sort of. There was an event called “The Flash” that killed off the human race and gave animals increased intelligence back in 1986. However what confused me was that right after the narrator tells you this we meet some humans, wait aren’t they all supposed to be dead? Never fear seconds after you read that we’re told that violence, sickness, and madness are sweeping across the planet. So as this plague spreads across the planet the masses are dropping left and right. The remaining people are killing each other in a war of survival. Mostly for supplies such as food, water, weapons, and ammunition. I’d like to tell you about the Holy Bleep moment that happens early on in these issues but that would be a major spoiler. So after though this book turns into a rodent version of Braveheart, and it’s amazing. They seem to be split up into different tribes that are represented by different colors of their war paint.
Squarriors was created and written by Ash Maczko who also does the layouts. This was my first time reading this title but Ash made it easy breezy to enter this world. The narration at the beginning of this issue lets you know that this is the ending of the human race and that the animals have evolved and are taking over. Think Planet of the Apes but it’s all the animals not just primates. This was written for sci-fi fantasy lovers. This book was action-packed and very fast-paced it felt like I only started reading this and in the blink of an eye, it was finished. Don’t get me wrong this was perfectly paced and highly enjoyable.
Ashley Witter handled all the art (except of course the layouts) she also colored and lettered this issue too. Very impressive indeed. I became an instant fan as I flipped through these pages. Honestly, this artwork blew me away! I can’t wait to get everyone I know hooked on Ashley’s art, it’s that damn good! Just look at these interior pages they provided as just a tease of how beautiful this series looks.
If Ash’s writing style is similar in all of the Squarriors issues this entire series is a hit, oh and the artwork OMG! Every panel in this book is spectacular, I felt like I was watching a big-budget animated movie instead of reading a comic book. I now have a new name to add to my must-have artist commission list for comic cons. So contact your favorite place to buy comics and tell them you want Squarriors from Devil’s Due Entertainment added to your pull list. As always Please Like, Comment, Share, and Keep, it Geek!
Perfectly paced and highly enjoyable.