squarriors2

Alright, so here we go again with this visceral, gut-punch of a series about how the small forest creatures of the world fare after the fall of mankind.  If you haven’t read my review of issue one, go ahead and check it out.  I’ll make it easy for you:
https://kdubsgeekspot.wordpress.com/2015/04/10/review-squarriors-1/
There you go.  Now, on with the show!

The second issue of Squarriors, the four issue mini-series from indie publisher, Devil’s Due Entertainment, follows the same format as the first, with a scene of human interaction in the mid-1980s before the fall of mankind.  However, rather than starting right in with the violence this time, we’re treated to a more touching scene of a military family.  The father is returning home, from where is not quite clear, but his wife and teenage son are just excited that he is home safe.  Again, there are hints at what is going on in the outside world, so pay attention to the dialogue and the panel backgrounds.  There are clues hiding everywhere, but still not quite enough to come to a clear conclusion as to what happened to all the people in order for the animals to take over.  Following these few pages, the action shifts approximately a decade forward to the time of the animals.  The action here picks up not too long after the events of issue #1, and we get a little more backstory as to how the different factions of critters came to be separated.

Again, as with the first issue, I feel like the visual aspect of the story is the real star here.  Ashley Witter’s art continues to be phenomenal.  The detail, the emotions displayed on character faces, the backgrounds, it’s all great here.  Also, as if that wasn’t good enough, this issue features a multiple page flashback battle scene that is violent and brutal and probably just as good as any sword and spear battle scene you’ve ever watched or read.  The action in this issue is on an epic scale and Witter does not disappoint.  As a matter of fact, she nails it.

The story in Squarriors #2, as with issue #1, is good and engaging.  We learn a little more about the characters and their histories here which provide for some interesting dynamics, as we find out that certain factions used to be allies, but became divided in their philosophies at some point, and the distrust of defectors from one faction to another is still quite high.  However, as with any story with a large cast of characters (particularly ones composed of similar looking rodents), and multiple different factions, things can get a little confusing from time to time.  Fortunately in this case, Ash Maczko keeps things straight enough to be able to understand what’s going on.  If I don’t have a perfectly defined list of which specific rodent characters belong to a certain group, I’m OK with that.  As long as I can still follow the story I’ll enjoy it, and enjoy it I did.

The Verdict for Squarriors #2:
Must have moar!!!

Upcoming reviews:
East of West, Volume 3: There Is No Us TPB
The October Faction #1-#6
Wytches #1-#6
Avengers: Age Of Ultron (Movie)
Secret Wars #1

Until next time,
Stay nerdy, my friends.

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