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Creator Petersen turns to the tested and reliable bar story as a framing device to allow other writers and artists to play in his Mouse Guard universe, where heroic mice heroes are set in a world of epic fantasy. The June Alley Inn attracts a colorful and varied clientele. One night barkeep June decides to take advantage of this and stages a story-telling contest. What follows are thirteen tales of danger and adventure, as protagonists contend against the predators around them and the flaws that divide mouse from mouse. Armed with medieval technology but vulnerable due to their tiny size, the mice are as daring as any human, and as determined as any full sized protagonist. Petersen's selection is skillful and apt; each writer and artist brings skill and respect for the source material to the individual stories, illuminating Petersen's world rather than using it as a mere palimpsest on which to indulge their own obsessions. Legends is an example to other creators interested in shared worlds. (Dec.)
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About the Author

David Petersen was born in 1977. His artistic career soon followed. A steady diet of cartoons, comics and tree climbing fed his imagination and is what still inspires his work today. David was the 2007 Russ Manning Award recipient for Most Promising Newcomer, and in 2008 won Eisner Awards for Best Publication for Kids (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 & Winter 1152) and Best Graphic Album – Reprint (Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 Hardcover). He received his BFA in Printmaking from Eastern Michigan University where he met his wife Julia. They continue to reside in Michigan with their dog Autumn
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Product Details

  • Series: Mouse Guard (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Archaia (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932386947
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932386943
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'll go ahead and disagree with the previous reviewers; it will probably bring some flames my way. I'm a big fan of Mouse Guard- I own both previous volumes, as well as the role playing game (all of which are excellent). The anthology is a neat idea but it left me quite unsatisfied. Not only are most of the stories short, but many of them do not have decent plot arcs. They don't resolve well, and being an anthology, there is very little cohesion or continuity between them. Peterson attempts to provide the needed cohesion by writing in the backdrop of a tavern where the stories are being told and providing some banter in-between the stories by the story tellers themselves. It's a valiant effort, but it doesn't quite work. Your sense of immersion is never allowed to develop, but you keep turning pages hoping to get caught up with the characters; it never happens. Some of the tales told are fairly good, but because they're short and less impressive yarns buffer them, Legends of the Guard never quite gets ahold of you. The epilogue story, for example, is more disturbing than entertaining- disturbing because it is nearly incomprehensible, although someone on psychedelic drugs might begin to make sense of it. Someone might feel the need to point out that my criticism is misplaced because this is an anthology and it is unfair of me to expect as much out of it. That is probably true, just remember when you're buying, don't expect too much out of it either. I'm looking forward to adding the next volume of Mouse Guard to my collection, but I'll be skipping the next anthology.
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Spinning off from David Petersen's popular, Eisner award-winning Mouse Guard series comes Legends of the Guard. A collection of short stories written and illustrated by a group of artists hand-picked by Petersen, Legends expands upon the world of the Guard and tells tales of ancient mouse history.

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.
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Dave has done a great job gathering talented artists and story teller for the first Mouse Guard Anthology.

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.
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A very great comphiliation of short stories. Im extremely impressed with the artwork, and because David Peterson is the only artist who contributed to this book, the style of the art changes from story to story, and its not just the same style that we saw in Petersons Winter and Fall releases. The stories are a tad short though, but this book is totally worth picking up for a $10 price tag.
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The Legends of the Guard collection is a series of releases written and illustrated by various guest artists. It doesn't advance the main story in the Fall & Winter series, but these are wonderful stories that add history and depth to the Mouse Guard world.
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David Petersen's series of Mouse Guard graphic novels are cover to cover wonders of illustration, but often his story telling lacks the weight to balance his truest gift as a cartoonist. But Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard is helped along a bit by his collaboration with other cartoonists who manage to tell some fun tales. I've found few children whose interest these books have held, but adults seem to be taken for long periods by the illustrations themselves. The four stars given this book is based more on the cartooning than the storytelling. People who want a great story might go elsewhere. But for art, illustration and cartoon enthusiasts, these books are continually fun to look at. Joe Taylor, Yaroos.com
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First of all, buy and read Fall 1152 and Winter 1152 before this. I was skeptical at first about other artists taking on the world of Mouse Guard.
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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