Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152

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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...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

First-time graphic novelist Petersen scores right away with this anthropomorphic medieval fantasy. After the war with the weasels, the Mouse Guard, headquartered at the fortress of Lockhaven, turned their energies to protecting travelers from predators in between the mice's hidden villages. When three of the Guard-Lieam, Kenzie, and the brash, young Saxon-are sent to find a missing rice merchant, they uncover a plot to overthrow Lockhaven's mistress, Gwendolyn, and replace the aid and support she provides to the villages with tyranny. Worse, they discover that rebellion's leader is himself a Guard member. The key to victory or defeat for the Guard rests in the legend of an ancient mouse hero, the Black Axe. Petersen's characterizations could be more fleshed out, but his world-building is impressive. His greatest strength is his gritty, gorgeously colored renderings of local flora and the animals themselves, including a fearsome snake and attacking crabs. His mice can be considered cute, but they're fierce warriors. Some blood in the battle scenes will keep this out of the hands of the youngest children, but audiences ages ten to adult will likely be drawn in and eagerly await future volumes. Recommended for all collections.
—S.R.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345496867
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 3/25/2008
  • Series: Mouse Guard Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 200
  • Sales rank: 304,784
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    Mice with Swords!

    Great illustrations that put an all new spin on the lives of mice. Great fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 18, 2012

    Hidden in the world, there exists an unknown kingdom of mice, lo

    Hidden in the world, there exists an unknown kingdom of mice, long protected from the evils and dangers of the world by their noble Mouse Guard. They keep guard against predators, find safe routes between the secreted cities, and maintain a fierce loyalty to the guard and the mouse realm that is their home. Because of this, when there are stirrings of a traitor discovered in the ranks, three mice seeking a lost merchant find the threads of a plot more dangerous than they could have anticipated.

    As a standing and vocal fan of Brian Jacques and much in the way of fantasy involving talking animals, I cannot imagine that anyone would find it a surprise for me to pick up, read and enjoy this book. Also, the art is simply entrancing--it's grittier than the Christopher Denise-illustrated Redwall books, but let's remember both of those covered special events rather than honest-to-goodness battles. The blood is there, the frightening scale of mice being substantially smaller than [and because of this I cannot allow a good friend of mine to read this book] the crabs fought at one scene.

    As for the writing? Well, the build up for the story is well-paced and then angles allow the reader to start figuring out where different threads of the story may lead, the characters are acceptably interesting and the world is a clever sort of combination of the borrowers [purportedly set in our world, or at least a world scaled and filled with the regularly anticipated predators] and Redwall [talking mice, their own culture, buildings and fortifications, etc] but I will maintain the one complaint I had as soon as I finished it: Mouse Guard Fall 1152, for all its glory, is far, far, far too short. The content didn't feel so much like chapters in a story as like the bits of a TV show between excessive commercials. And the book itself didn't feel like a pilot episode so much as the first half of one--like when they split two-hour pilots up into single-hour episodes for reruns.

    Yes, it completes a story arc but it does so in an almost choppy way, abruptly halting and leaving you in the middle of the world, stranded, staring at an end page.

    This may be because I'm not accustomed to reading graphic novels right now, nor will I likely ever be, but one way or another, I left this book feeling as though, while I thoroughly enjoyed what I had, I felt short-changed.

    Most likely I will eventually get the next...but I may wait until someone gives it to me.

    If you see it in the library and you've got some time to kill, go ahead. It's worth a read and won't take you long at all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2011

    A good first effort, but not spectacular

    The artwork is fantastic. If only the plot had been made to match. This is no Redwall. Other reviews say that the next volume improves on this point. We shall see.

    The author is definitely into world-building, which he does convincingly here. Perhaps this is also one of those books that works better when you read it for the first time as an adolescent. Still, recommended for those who love anthropomorphic mice and/or medieval tales.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

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    Great story and illustrations

    I recently bought this book for my nephew and niece who are both approaching their teen years. It's got a good, light story for a graphic novel with rich characters reminiscent of those in Redwall.

    It's a great accompaniment for the Roleplaying game that recently came out as well.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    My first graphic novel

    I saw this cover in a book catalog and was attracted to it because I love Brian Jacques Redwall series. When it arrived, I was thoroughly enchanted. The miniature warrior world that Petersen has created completely drew me in. I have been awaiting the winter volume with baited breath. And yes, the mice are soooo cute!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Mouse Guard

    Mouse Guard is a neat little graphic novel that leaves you wanting more. The characters seem to leap off the page at you because the illustrations are so vivid. Although there isn't much "meat" in the text the storyline is still carried out well. It reminds us of a more grown up version of Redwall. Looking forward to more adventures

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  • Posted December 14, 2008

    Beautiful illustrations - great story

    Initially, I thumbed through the book marvelling at the stunning illustrations, not even caring about the text - it was that beautiful.<BR/><BR/>Later, when I was prepared to be let down.. I found that the story itself was equally good - I'm usually somewhat disappointed in either the art or the story with most graphic novels. It's refreshing to find one that is both lovely to look at and exciting to read.<BR/><BR/>I will also say, much to my pleasure, that it is neither "cutesy" even though it's about anthropomorphized mice, nor did the author feel the need to make it unnecessarily gruesome - which he easily could have done by going too far the other way. It's a nicely balanced book, and I eagerly await Volume 2.

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  • Posted November 6, 2008

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    A great story of brave mice

    I loved this comic the art the story the style an instant favorite. The book is well worth the time to read. I have met the artist and can't say enough nice things about him. CHECK OUT Mouseguard you won't be sorry

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2008

    Awesome!

    This book WAS THE BEST BOOK EVER! I loved all of it and didn't want it to end. I loved the action and plot. This book had the best illustrations I ever saw. I can't wait for Volumne 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2008

    Interesting and Wonderful!

    I was in B&N one day, and I happen to pass by the Graphic Novels. I scanned them all, and this one caught my eye. I picked it out and skimmed throught it, and...it was wonderful! The names were very well thougth up, though I dont like Kenzie (as a name). I loved this book, and I thought that the mice were so cute! Lieam is my favorite, though I also like Kenzie. Saxon had an attitude, but I loved it nonetheless. Anyone who loves adventureous book, like I do, should read this. In a way, it is a lot like Lord of the Rings, only that the characters are mice! It was very well drawn, and It had an amazing plot to it. In all, I think that everyone should have the chance to read this graphic novel!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2008

    Amazing

    The art is amazing, but the story is just as good. I thought it was interesting and cute at the same time. It was a great read and definitely worth adding to any collection of books.

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