I can’t remember where I saw this first, but as soon as I saw the artwork, I knew I had to read it. Are those not the cutest little warrior mice ever? I mean really, look at them! I want to give them a big ole kiss right on the tip of their furry little sweet noses.
That would probably not be a good idea.
These mice are members of the Mouse Guard, they are more than just soldiers who fight off intruders; they are also guides for other mice. They basically escort common mice from one village to another. The Guard watch the borders of their lands, find the safest, best ways to travel, watch for treacherous weather; basically they are like our news channels only way more relevant and ever so much tougher. They also protect the mouse territories from predators.
They are fearless. They are dedicated. And just so damn adorable! I want to hug them, and squeeze them, and I will name them Georg…oops, sorry, I got carried away there for a second…. I’ll try to behave.
This graphic novel centers on three such mice; Lieam, Saxon and Kenzie. They are sent out to find a missing mouse merchant who never returned from a trip to another mouse village. Their mission takes an unexpected turn, when they uncover an elaborate plot to overthrown the Mouse Guard for good and what basically amounts to a coup to take over all the mouse communities. The three brave adorable mice will stop at nothing to protect the Guard, their villages and their leader, Gwendolyn.
It’s hard for me to believe that this is David Petersen’s first graphic novel. It’s quite simply, amazing. The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. And the characterizations! I suppose it’s pretty obvious that I adore the mice. There is just something so wonderful about these noble, brave, courageous, adorable mice that I just can’t get enough of! Thank goodness I have Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 waiting for me to read as soon as I finish the book I’m on now. This book is perfect for mid-grades up through adults. There is a fair amount of blood in the battle scenes, so it’s probably not for the younger children. I should think any fans of the graphic novel genre (especially Fables fans!) would enjoy this one.
Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
Author: David Petersen
Category: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Published by Archaia Studios Press, 192 pages
On Sale: May 30, 2007
I read this for the Graphic Novel’s Challenge and Animals in Comics Mini-Challenge.
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