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Mouse Guard Volume 1: Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard Graphic Novels) [Hardcover]

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Follows the adventures of Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie, three mice who are part of the Mouse Guard--soldiers and guides for common mice looking to journey from one hidden mouse village to another--and their quest to uncover a traitorous plot against the Guard.

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In the world of Mouse Guard, mice struggle to live safely and prosper amongst harsh conditions and a host of predators. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed: more than just soldiers that fight off intruders, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one hidden village to another. The Guard patrol borders, find safeways and paths through dangerous territories and treacherous terrain, watch weather patterns, and keep the mouse territories free of predatory infestation. They do so with fearless dedication so that they might not just exist, but truly live. Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam, three such Guardsmice, are dispatched to find a missing merchant mouse that never arrived at his destination. Their search for the missing mouse reveals much more than they expect, as they stumble across a traitor in the Guard's own ranks.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   1.65 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   May 30, 2007
Publisher   Archaia Studio Press
ISBN  1932386572  
ISBN13  9781932386578  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Petersen, a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps, travels Widely. Today he lives with his lovely wife Caroline in a little cabin on a big mountain in Colorado. He enjoys reading, writing, and walking his dogs in the forest.

David Petersen currently resides in Durango, in the state of Colorado.

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A decent if unremarkable story.  Jul 22, 2008
The key word that comes to mind when describing David Peterson's "Mouse Guard" is 'cute'. This property was a surprising new success upon its release, which is not often seen with wholly originally made work. In terms of inspiration, the obvious source here would seem to be Brian Jacques' "Redwall" series of books, which is very good, since said series was one of the signature features of my childhood.

The plot is set in a world of anthropamorphized mice (other animals, such as snakes and crabs exhibit no intelligence), who live in a series of hidden towns, guarded by the titular Mouse Guard, a patrol of mice who keep law and order in the paths between the towns (but lack the authority to act within said towns). The main plot follows a trio of Guardsmen, two veterans and a novice, who find themselves on the trail of a conspiracy against the whole Guard. Elsewhere, another member of the Guard finds himself in possession of critical information on the same subject. It is not an especially innovative plot or setting, but it is competently executed; likewise, the characters are fairly rudimentary. The true strength of the project is to be found in the art by Peterson, which is wonderfully atmospheric; as well as in the general feel of the world, which has been created with a great deal of thought put into developing the culture and history of the mice.

Overall, I would give this a positive recommendation, for people who enjoy works like "Redwall" and "Watership Down" (and children, in general, I imagine would enjoy this).
An exciting read for older children (and not so bad for their parents either)  Jul 21, 2008
I read this book to my daughter before bed frequently. She loves it. It's just something about the combination of adorable mice and perilous danger that kids latch onto. There is some mild violence in it, so I wouldn't recommend it for young children.
mouse guardians  Feb 15, 2008
Mouse Guard is my comic book store's best kept secret. i stumbled upon the first issue while perusing the independent publisher rack one day. every week as other customers discuss topics such as Civil War, Infinite Crisis or the latest comic book movie, i quietly make my way to the indie rack to see if the latest issue of Mouse Guard is out.

the story follows the exploits of three Mice Guard dispatched to find a missing grain peddler, but quickly turns to a mystery surrounded by jeopardy and betrayal. danger looms around each shrub in the form of snakes, crabs, and the villainous threat of a masked warrior known only as The Axe. Great acts of heroism are committed, and brave mice live and die.

i like everything about this book. i like the fact that it's published from a small company, i like the imaginative story, i like that the characters are cute little mice that speak ye old tongue and wield swords, staffs, axes, and could just as easily exist in my front lawn than on the pages of this comic. i don't even mind that its published in an odd shape (8"x8"), and wont fit into my comic boxes correctly.

pick up this book.
Interesting  Feb 6, 2008
To be honest, the only reason I picked up David Petersen's Mouse Guard, Fall 1152 originally is because I've read the Redwall series by Brian Jacques for years, and since this dealt with mice as well, I thought that I'd give it a try. Happily, I wasn't disappointed.

Originally published as 6 separate comics, I initially felt that the story was played out better in that serial format. On my first reading of the collected edition, there didn't seem to be too much meat to the actual story. I thought that the collected edition actually hampered the story-telling process, as each individual issue would have had a month or 2 break to whet the appetites of those reading for the next installment. However, as I've gone back on several more occasions to revisit the lands of Mouse Guard, I can honestly say that the story has grown on me, and I can see the subtleties both in Petersen's story as well as his artwork.

The artwork on Mouse Guard Fall 1152 is stunning. Handling all art chores himself, Petersen has created a beautifully rendered and colored world, with an almost hand-painted yet organic feel to the entire story.

Taken as a whole, the entire book is quite an achievement. I'm anxiously awaiting the release of its sequel, Winter 1152.
Cool mice!!  Jan 4, 2008
I didn't know what I was going to expect reading this. A friend recommended and at best I thought it would be cute. I was sorely disappointed on the cute part. This was a smart intriging world of mice. From the terrors they face on a daily basis and the guard the put together to protect trade and roads. It was action packed and interesting. It does get a little self indulgent but otherwise a good read.

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