Saturday, November 14, 2009

'Mouse Guard: Winter 1152'

Written and Illustrated by David Petersen
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.

For more information, visit the Official Mouse Guard website, and David Petersen's blog.

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My Rating: 4/5
(#54 for 2009, Graphic Novels Challenge)

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  1. I've seen this before but I must read it now. I love the illustrations and the story sounds wonderful!!! This is the only way I like mice!!

  2. I loved the Autumn 1152 collection, your right the artwork it just fantastic! I really really want to get this one at some point. :)

  3. I still have Fall 1152 to read, I had forgotton all about it. I absolutely love the illustrations. :)

  4. My favorite thing about the Autumn book was the expressions on the faces of the characters.

  5. This looks really good! I will have to check it out!

  6. I need to get my hands on this! The art really is stunning.

  7. Staci - Me too! I like my mice cute and fictional. :)

    Bart's Bookshelf - If you loved Autumn, I'm pretty sure you'll love this one too!

    mariel - The illustrations really are wonderful. It doesn't take long to read but is nice to stop and admire the art.

    Vasilly - I agree, Petersen really does a great job with the facial expressions. Lots of great detail!

    Kelly - It's a fun series so far. You definitely should check it out!

    Nymeth - Yes, you do! I'm glad that the author is working on more stories in this world.


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