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Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 1 Hardcover – November 23, 2010
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With a rising number of bar tabs going unpaid, June issues a challenge to her patrons--tell a tale she's never heard before. Whoever can tell the best story will have their debt erased, while the losers must settle their accounts within seven days.
It is in this fashion that Petersen constructs a framed narrative for other storytellers to come and play with the world he has created, without impacting the overall narrative and continuity of his main series. Such writers and illustrators as Guy Davis (perhaps best known for his work on the Hellboy spinoff series B.P.R.D.) and Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise, Echo) make contributions, while Petersen bridges the stories with brief barroom interludes.
As with any collection of numerous collaborators, quality can vary. In Legends, the bar is set high amidst the accolades Petersen has garnered for his central Mouse Guard series, and, by and large, those invited to contribute are more than up to the task, and each firmly embraces the world that has been created.
Each story differs enough to be unique, although several are too brief to carry through with the proper amount of weight they seem entitled to. One story that does exceptionally well is actually an adaptation of another literary work: Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. Jason Shawn Alexander casts the story in an entertaining way and manages to create a wonderfully tense dynamic between Poe's titular raven and a heartbroken mouse.Read more ›
The only down-side to it is that the stories are all really short (normal for an anthology i guess), but I would hope to see some longer, more detailed stories in the next volume.
However, I loved how involved David Peterson was with this project. All the artwork from the others was interesting and did not detract from the essence of Mouse Guard, with the exception of Katie Cook's short "A Mouse named Fox." The art for that story was childish and silly, it was not suitable for the world of Mouse Guard. There are 12 other stories by various illustrators that I thought were very well done.
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Great art for a comic. Bought this along with the RPG Mouse Guard. Helps develop a world for your lpayers and helps get theme downPublished 1 month ago by Byron Morgan
Various mice tell partially true to true/false tales in order to not pay their tab at the inn. Tales range from mediocre to excellent. Artwork is it's usual style.Published 9 months ago by MISTER SJEM
A good hold-you-over while waiting for more proper Mouse Guard.Published 13 months ago by Ben Moore
The main Mouse Guard series is wonderful! We're huge fans in our household. This Legends of the Guard series has moments, but it's inconsistent. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Drome
Great book, awesome series - got it for my sweety & got big bonus points. :)Published 15 months ago by Adam Cummings
My 6 year old son and I are huge fans of the Mouse Guard series. So for a present on his first day of school I got him this book and then we slowly read through the stories... Read morePublished on October 3, 2013 by Karissa Eckert
I read a few reviews myself and was intrigued. So I bought the book. I can't praise this series enough. As an avid comic book fan. This was a refreshing adult book. Read morePublished on August 10, 2013 by TurboRico