Mouse Guard

Mouse Guard

[Vol. 1], Fall 1152

Book - 2007 | 1st ed.
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Mice struggle to live safely and prosper among all the world's harsh conditions and predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. They are not simply soldiers that fight off intruders; rather, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden mouse village to another. Follow the adventures of three of the Guard's finest--Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam--as they seek to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard.
Publisher: Fort Lee, NJ : Archaia Studios Press, c2007.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9781932386578
Branch Call Number: PETER
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill., map ; 21 cm.
Alternative Title: Fall 1152


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Oct 14, 2018

One of the best all-ages comics ever. And by "all ages" I really do mean from 5 years old through 95 years old. And if you know any 105 year olds, I'd hand it to them too. Petersen's art is gorgeous, and his stories impeccable in plot, character, and emotion. The mice of Mouse Guard are people, and they are also heroes and epic figures. Even if you're not into the epic fantasy genre or talking animals, the characters are what make this series so compelling. (See how all three mice on the cover look totally different? How does he do it?! They are mice!)

Petersen puts out books really slowly, though: so far since 2009, we have just Fall 1152, Winter 1152, and The Black Axe. You can supplement with the Legends of the Guard anthologies set in the same universe if you catch up and then get antsy waiting. You probably won't love every story because that's the nature of anthologies, and we didn't much care for the third one overall, but there are some real gems.

ArapahoeStaff12 Jul 21, 2017

A wonderful story about mice and their attempt to foil an invasion. David Peterson is a fantastic author and illustrator and this world is filled with so much mythology and fun! Definitely a fantastic series that I can't believe took me this long to read.

SCL_Justin Jul 18, 2017

Mouse Guard is everything I wanted Redwall to be.

Basically the gist of the setup is that there are communities of mice, who are small and easily preyed upon. They’re the kind of mice that walk on their hind feet and sometimes wear armour but no pants. They have communities that trade with each other. And they have the Mouse Guard, who defend mice (from snakes and crabs and the like) outside their settlements.

In this first book in the series, a spy is selling information about one of the communities to a faction that wants to control it. There are three mice who stumble onto this plot and have to try and save their society. It’s awesome.

The art is all in browns and reds and is incredibly moody. It feels old, like this is a tale from long ago and it works really well.

Nov 04, 2015

From the moment I saw a small ad for this, I knew I'd love it. The artwork is top-notch, beautiful. The writing is immersive, several good characters. Nice layouts & action, such a cool format...Some original "monsters" such as crabs later in the series. The storyline is great, lots of potential for expansion. I'll be buying all the MG books.

CRRL_CraigG Jul 16, 2015

The Mouse Guard are essentially wandering knights who serve a widespread kingdom. Mice have many natural predators and the guard has been established to protect citizens and keep the peace. But the kingdom is not simply threatened by snakes and owls. There are also enemies within.

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Feb 17, 2014

Beautiful artwork!

mvkramer Oct 01, 2013

Great premise and excellent world -building -- I just wish the story had more meat. Give me more!!

JCLHopeH Jul 09, 2013

I love the art work, and the story is charming. Audiences of all ages can find something to enjoy in this series.

theorbys Jun 01, 2012

The story is interesting enough, but the artwork will make you believe, literally. Words fail me to describe how perfectly drawn this book is: it is beyond good, it is the uncanny essence of mouse. David Petersen: If you have nothing else to do, adapt Dumas' full Three Musketeers into a moused version, it would look great (even if it has been done by Tom, Jerry, and Tuffy).

Oct 19, 2010

David Petersen has created a nice piece of work in Mouse Guard. He’s written a solid, straightforward adventure drama and illustrated it with some of the most beautiful comics artwork I’ve ever seen. Mouse Guard is about a quasi-Medieval society of mice who live in mouse-made cities and towns, spread out across “the Territories.” Under threat from bad weather and natural predators, the areas outside the cities and towns are patrolled by the Mouse Guard, cloaked & armed protectors of mousekind. The six chapters of Fall 1152 tell a fast-paced story of four members of the Mouse Guard uncovering conspiracy and rebellion in the Territories.

While the mice are somewhat anthropomorphic–walking upright, using their front paws as hands, building and using tools–they’re never portrayed as overly cute or winsome Disney-esque characters. These are tough, gritty, passionate mice, and the story is full of desperate fights and adult emotions.

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Jul 10, 2017

Violence: Sword battles and fist fights involving mice. Mice also battle/kill crabs, snakes, etc.


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