Fiction/Graphic Novel/Fantasy, published previously as 6 individual issues, this collected edition published Fall 2009
Archaia, hardcover, 180 p.
The Winter of 1152 turns out to be a cold and icy season, and the Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many a mouse in the Mouse Territories. Some of the Guard’s finest – Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, and Sadie, with the old grayfur Celanawe by their side – traverse the snow-blanketed Territories acting as diplomats to improve relations between the mouse cities and the Guard, and seeking vital supplies for their headquarters at Lockhaven. But hungry predators, the dangers of ice and snow, and a wrong turn into the haunted depths of the abandoned weasel tunnels of Darkheather place even so intrepid a band of Guardsmice in mortal peril. This is a winter not every Guard may survive… [From the dust jacket]
Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 continues the story of the brave, loyal protectors of the Mouse Territories after the rebellion that took place in Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. The main characters are the elite members of the Mouse Guard, and it was wonderful to see them grow and develop a little in this collection. And despite the fact that it’s again a pretty straightforward adventure tale, there were some touching moments. Like in the previous book though, it’s all about the art. The colours are so vivid, and the detail is truly stunning. I don’t know what else to say about it so I’ll let the art speak for itself. I’ll just say that I think anyone who has enjoyed other books like The Tale of Despereaux, or movies like Ratatouille, will definitely love this series. Plus the good news is that Petersen is apparently working on a third series, Mouse Guard: Black Axe. Definitely something to look forward to.
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My Rating: 4/5
(#54 for 2009, Graphic Novels Challenge)
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