Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard v. 1Hardback
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- Publisher: Titan Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 144 pages
- Dimensions: 209mm x 209mm x 19mm | 603g
- Publication date: 28 January 2011
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 0857681427
- ISBN 13: 9780857681423
- Illustrations note: colour comic strip
- Sales rank: 82,570
Inside the June Alley Inn, mice gather to tell fantastic tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie and have never been told in that tavern before. "Legends of the Guard" is a new Mouse Guard anthology series featuring the work of artists and storytellers handpicked by series creator David Petersen.
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David Petersen is a US-based writer, artist and sculptor. Mouse Guard is his acclaimed major graphic novel series. David Petersen is a US-based writer, artist and sculptor. Mouse Guard is his acclaimed major graphic novel series.
By Lloyd Ash Pyne 10 Jan 2011
Legends of the Guard stands outside of the time frame of its two predecessors, Fall (Autumn) and Winter 1152 and as such a reader could start here quite happily.
Normally I don't go for 'guest artist' spin-offs, but this doesn't feel like a spin-off at all. Indeed, it fits in so well that it truly belongs in the same hallowed hall as the previous Mouse Guard books. How so?
This is a collection of stories by authors and artists hand-picked by Petersen himself, who also links the tales together with his own contribution, which is a very clever device that justifies the different writing and art styles of the guest authors. Actually, it wouldn't have worked if Petersen had penned all the stories himself, methinks, with each tale being told by a different mouse.
The stories themselves are very enjoyable. Some read like fables while others are a slice of life or an event of note for some mouse or other, living or dead. I don't personally have a favourite, but that's alright, as I wasn't the one to lay down the challenge in the first place.
"What challenge is that?" I hear you cry. I guess you'll just have to read the Legends of the Guard to find out! (or read the product description. sigh..)