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The Mice Templar Vol. 1: The Prophecy (v. 1) Hardcover – December 16, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Image Comics (December 16, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1582408718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1582408712
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 7.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,411,308 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a new favorite graphic novel in my collection.
Math 27
It draws you into the world he and Oeming have created in a way that only the greats like Tolkien and Robert E. Howard have been able to do.
UltimateFan
The artwork is gorgeous as is the packaging which includes a nice ribbon bookmark a feature I didn't realize until I needed one.
The Mad Hatter

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Math 27 on November 29, 2010
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This graphic novel is a very adventurous and engaging story. It's very rare for me to buy a graphic novel and read the whole thing in one sitting. Mad Hatter's review pretty much somes it up. An epic story of faith, endurance, coming of age, integrity, with true emotions and grit. Even though the creatures are not rendered to look very realistic like the art in Mouse Guard, the simple, gritty pen & ink style with expressive colors is very effective and draws you in.

The artists and writer don't hold back in the fight scenes as limbs and heads are chopped off, and mysteries, riddles, and plot twists abound. Some of the characters are layered with the potential to good or evil. This is a new favorite graphic novel in my collection. If you like fantasy adventures like Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia and Willow and Secret of the Nimh this is worth checking out.
I met the writer Bryan Glass at a Comic Com and he is has a jolly personality and a natural sense of humor. The extras at the end of this book with essays from the creators and a detailed history of the world of Mice Templar story are quite engaging.
Should be considered a new classic in my book.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By The Mad Hatter VINE VOICE on May 8, 2009
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Ever since watching The Secret of Nimh when I was a child I have loved mice that fight. There has been a recent rash of anthropomorphisized mice with Mouse Guard, Fables' Mouse Police, and now The Mice Templar. While The Mice Templar holds some commonalities with Mouse Guard in that they are both comics/graphic novels it more than sets it self apart. At its heart The Mice Templar is a coming of age story, but the authors have created a rich mythology behind the Templars.

The Mice Templar begins 20 seasons after a schism within the ranks of the Mice Templar and which destroyed their group. The organization had originated more than 1,000 seasons in the past by the mythical warrior Kuhl-En in service to the God Wotan. The mad King Icarus is in league with rats and weasels to subjugate the mice populace. After the schism which claimed the lives of most Mice Templar some of remnants have gone into exile while others are in league with King Icarus.

Rats come to Cricket Glen to enslave the mice citizens as they have done to other settlements. During the attack Karic, a young mouse, is separated from his family while fighting the rats. During the battle Karic falls into a lake and was rescued by The Salmon of Wisdom who bequeaths him a magical water pouch, which turns out is cooler than you would think. The Salmon and many other elements of the story are based on Celtic mythology which are used to great effect. The Salmon also tell Karic he is to become the new Kuhl-En and is destined to rebuild the Templars. Karic leaves the village with a mysterious mouse named Pilot the Tall, who is an exiled Templar. Karic's family and friends are taken prison to the Capital where many other tribes have been gathered. Karic and Pilot travel the Barren lands as they are being followed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By UltimateFan on June 16, 2011
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Let me start by saying that this series(which has 3 volumes out so far-v.1, v.2.1, and v.2.2) is my favorite comic book series of ALL-TIME! This gorgeous graphic novel, an oversized hardcover full of tons of extras(a map, a forward, afterward, drawings by other artists, a history of the world in which these mice and other creatures dwell, a legend/myth section that connects the book to other legends/mythologies/etc., and more!), has the greatest fantasy/action/adventure story I've ever come across. All of this combined with the beautifully glossy, perfectly thick pages, and ribbon bookmark make it one of the highest quality, most engrossing, and overall wonderful books ever created.

B. Glass' writing is what any fan of this genre could ever hope for. It draws you into the world he and Oeming have created in a way that only the greats like Tolkien and Robert E. Howard have been able to do. If you've read any of their stuff, you know that's saying A LOT! The narration and dialogue are handled wonderfully and with a great deal of seriousness. It relates mature and philosophical themes that have real depth and meaning. This is NOT a cute and fuzzy little story about mice. There's no "cheese" to be found here. This is serious and dramatic stuff.

Oeming's artwork is sumptuous to say the least! It's simple and somewhat understated, yet full of glorioius detail and atmosphere. The perspectives used, facial expressions, and well-executed scenes of drama and fantasy and action/violence(exquisitely graphic at times!) creates a mood that perfectly fits with Glass' writing. Oeming's exceptional sense of dramatic storytelling is art at its finest. I also love how all of the characters can be easily distinguished from one another.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Adam Hasser on October 14, 2009
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Unlike other reviewers I picked up the paperback, which is also full of extras. This volume is pretty good sized and is a nice long read compared to most TPB's and at a good price. This is a good coming of age story with plenty of action, adventure and heart. The writing and art are great and I'm looking forward to the next volume.
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