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The first volume of this series about violent anthropomorphic woodland creatures comes to an end with this fourth issue.  After the sudden and shocking events of the last issue, the Tin Kin tribe sets out to find a few of their missing comrades, but are they walking right into a trap?  So here’s the basic gist, this story started out fantastically, but as each successive issue came out, it became harder and harder to distinguish which animal was which, particularly when it seems like new characters are introduced with each issue.  This of course makes it kind of confusing when there are many different characters talking in the same scene.  One of the consistently amazing things in this series has been Ashley Witter’s artwork.  I would actually suggest reading this series just for the artwork alone.  It is everything that I’ve talked it up to be since issue one.  Overall I enjoyed this series, but the writing quality did seem to dip in the later issues.

The Verdict for Squarriors #4:
3 out of 5

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I’ll make this short and sweet, because honestly, there’s not much more I can say about this series.  It’s fantastic.  The artwork is spectacular, and the story is gripping.  The ending of this third issue is kind of abrupt, so I didn’t quite enjoy this one as much as I did the first two, but it’s still great and definitely worth a read.  If you can find the first three issues in your local comic shop, I highly recommend that you pick them up, because the way this story is going, the fourth and final issue is going to be a doozy.

The Verdict for Squarriors #3:
4/5 – I can dig it.

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It’s been a while, I know.  I’m a little behind again.  I try to limit my visits to the comic book store since it’s a bit of hike to get there… That and frankly, I’ve been kind of lazy lately, but here we go.

The second issue in the Ultimate Comics: Hawkeye mini-series gives more backstory on the title character that we haven’t gotten in ten years of the Ultimate Marvel Universe yet, but does little to move the current story forward.

The situation in the S.E.A.R. as it was left at the end of issue #1 is rapidly deteriorating from bad to worse.  Hawkeye leads a small band of S.H.I.E.L.D. troops through the war ravaged streets of Bangkok in an effort to get to the city’s capital building.  They encounter some resistance along the way and see something very strange, which causes Hawkeye to reflect upon his past and how he became involved with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Nick Fury in the first place.  Following the flashback and what he finds at the capital, Hawkeye determines that they need to get in contact with General Fury, so the group heads to the nearest place where contact can be established.  I won’t go any further into the summary of this issue, because some potentially very interesting plot points are revealed after this part of the story, as well as some familiar characters.

Hickman continues the story well enough here, but, as I mentioned before, doesn’t seem to move the situation along a whole lot further.  I feel like the main part of this story that the author wants the readers to focus on is the interesting little bit that we get of Hawkeye’s backstory.  I also get the impression that this backstory is going to be expanded upon in issues three and four (why else give Hawkeye, a character that they’ve never really given much of a history to, his own mini-series?).  Unfortunately, this comes at the expense of the current narrative thread, as most of the issue seems like a goose chase from one place in Bangkok to the next, until we get to the end and see what’s coming in the next issue, which I have to say, I’m very excited for.

Rafa Sandoval’s art is still good in this issue, and I won’t deny that he can draw some pretty awesome action and motion shots.  That being said, he seems to insert some of them at some pretty awkward moments in the story.  Take for example, in the middle of the issue, one character calls Hawkeye outside to look at something going on, the next panel shows him running at a full sprint with the background completely blurred behind him like he’s leading and invisible army headlong into battle.  It’s a great action shot of the title character, but it just seems a little out of place within the scope of the story.

Overall, this isn’t a bad issue.  It just doesn’t seem to push the story along all that much.  By the end of the issue we’re not much further than where we started, but we do know just a little bit more about our protagonist.  Also, given what is revealed on the last page, I look for the action to get a lot more intense in the final two issues of this mini-series, and hopefully we learn a lot more about Hawkeye in the process.