Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152

Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152

by David Petersen

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932386578
Publisher: Archaia
Publication date: 05/16/2007
Series: Mouse Guard Series , #1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 385,474
Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range: 11 - 13 Years

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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Mouse Guard, Volume 1: Fall 1152 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
peep_lover More than 1 year ago
Great illustrations that put an all new spin on the lives of mice. Great fun.
391 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mouse Guard is the first comic I've ever read, and I have to say it's a great introduction! The artwork is FANTASTIC, utterly brilliant, and the story is pretty well-paced. I'm excited to pick up the next volume and see what happens to Liam and Saxon (my two favorites) as well as the rest of the cast. I'm sure this book gets compared to Redwall a lot, but as a Redwall fan I think I was able to appreciate the world a lot easier than someone who sticks to other genres, so I would say that if you're a Jacques devotee you'll probably enjoy this as well.
BenjaminHahn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A comic series focused on weapon wielding mice, yet refreshingly serious. A little dark in tone and beautifully drawn. I will certainly continue to read this series and maybe even check out the role playing game.
sassafras on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Medieval mice - complete with cloaks and daggers?! What could be more fun? It¿s the twelfth century and the mice have their own towns and villages hidden from the rest of the world. It¿s a dangerous proposition though, being a mouse and moving between these cities. Enter the Mouse Guard, whose job it is to protect the borders and keep predators out of the territories. But the Guard are more than just soldiers, they are guides for the common mouse journeying between cities. They find safe passage through dangerous territories and harsh terrains, all with an attitude of fearlessness. In this particular story, a traitor is suspected in the ranks of the Guard. Three of the Guard¿s finest have been sent out to uncover the traitorous plot, Lieam, the youngest member of the guard; Kenzie, an older, wiser more sensible mouse; and Saxon, who tends to rush in. The storyline is straightforward, but the strength of this book is the artwork and characterizations. The art is sumptuous and wonderful. The mice are each individuals with distinct appearances and personalities. (Lieam is my personal favorite.) While the library has Mouse Guard in the teen section, this book is really an all-ages story. You will want to stay tuned for Mouse Guard: Winter 1152, due out in 2008.
LeslitGS on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
saltypepper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully rendered warrior mice kicking butt! What's not to like?The art in this is just gorgeous. The story is simple enough that my 7 year old daughter and six-year-old nephew could follow it (I had to read it aloud to my nephew), and yet not so simple that my husband and I couldn't enjoy it as well. I brought it on vacation, and the kids spent HOURS just looking at the pictures and reading it over and over in the evenings. We all loved it, and are looking forward to the next volume.
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A sweet graphic novel and the first in a series set in the middle ages about three mice who are part of the official Mouse Guard, which has a mission to protect the civilian mice from predators while they are travelling from one village to another. Here our three heroes discover a traitor who is involved in a plot which might put a whole village in danger.The illustrations are quite good, though I sometimes found they lacked refinement, but then again, I'm extremely picky, what with my background in visual arts, and most people seem to agree they are very good. Sweet, but I don't think I'll continue with this series.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While the plot of Mouse Guard Volume One is nothing special, and at times even a bit comically improbable, this is still a rewarding read simply because of David Petersen's beautiful color artwork and wonderful page layouts. In at least one case (the first page of chapter four, "The Dark Ghost"), Petersen's page design was so stunning that I had to stop reading for several minutes just to stare at it. So even if the story itself is goofy at times, Mouse Guard is still worth a visit, and amounts to a guilty pleasure (for an adult, anyway) of the most pleasurable sort.
Ningram on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pictures were amazing. Story was lacking.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked up a copy of this book at the used book store. I had been wanting to read this series forever and thought my 5 year old son would also enjoy it. It was very well done; both the story and the illustration was top notch.Mice struggle to survive with the tangle of predators around. Thus the Mouse Guard was formed. The Mouse Guard guard the paths between villages to ensure that mice can travel safely. When a merchant mouse goes missing Kenzie, Lieam, and Saxon are sent out to find what happened. What they find goes beyond a simple case of a mouse getting injured or lost; looks like there may be a traitor in their ranks.This is a very well done story. The illustrations are wonderful; very detailed and they add a lot to the story, making it easier to follow. Very classic fantasy type drawings; muted colors, very finished, with lots of detail. The plot is intricate and well done. There is action, adventure, and intrigue. There are legends that appear in the story with the Black Ax hero, traitors, huge predators that attack, and battles that take place. It is a fairly epic story. At points it reminds of a mouse version of other classic fantasies like Lord of the Rings or Secret of Nihm. All the mice have excellent character backgrounds and are well fleshed out.The book is appropriate for all ages. Although at one point one of the mice does get captured and hurt for information; it never gets too graphic. There are also battle scenes. My son, who is five, enjoyed it immensely. We read a chapter each night and he really looked forward to it. I don't think he understood all of the politics and intrigue that were happening, but he got the main story.Overall an absolutely excellent read for all ages. The illustrations are gorgeous full of muted colors, warm browns and golds, and incredible detail. The plot is complex and interesting and the characters are well fleshed out. The story will remind of classic fantasy reads such as the Hobbit or Lord of the Rings. Highly recommended for fans of fantasy graphic novels or just for fans of classic fantasy in general.
eduscapes on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been looking for graphic novels that young people would enjoy. Mouse Guard is a great example. Originally published as four comics, the illustrations are stunning. The introduction to each chapter provides an excerpt from Mouse Guard writings. These quotes along with the map on the book flaps provide a little background. I look forward to the next volume.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
FishHeaven on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first graphic novel to enter my library. I really enjoyed the illustrations and story line about the mouse guard who act as scouts to serve and protect their society. The base of the story line is about a mouse who seeks to overthrow the current mouse guard regime. When the plot is discovered three mice begin a journey to find out who the traitor is and foil their plans.I found it to be quite similar to the Guardians of Ga'hoole series which I absolutely love. If you're looking for something fun and quick I would certainly recommend this book.
9ev02bev on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I like this book because they battle big monsters.No it is not a A.R book.It was a prity Easy to read.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There are a few things that I look for when reading a new comic or a graphic novel: 1) it has a great storyline 2) compelling characters 3) great artwork 4) it¿s a continuing series (provided it meets the other criteria, it just means that I don¿t have to say goodbye to new friends so quickly) and 5) that it¿s got a little bit of something in it for everyone. And Mouse Guard definently meets that criteria for me...and that last one is probably the most important one. I like being able to take a comic and it had it friends, family members, and people that I work with and tell them that there¿s something in this one just for you. And I¿m betting that they¿ll be something that interests you here as well.The Mouse Guard is composed of those brave mice that fight off intruders, guide mice on journeys from one village to the next, and find safeways and paths through dark territories for their fellow mice. And they watch each others backs and avenge the fallen. Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam, three of the bravest Guardmice, are on a mission to find a missing merchant who never arrived home. But when they find him, dead, they also find a dark secret--there is a traitor in the Guard¿s rank. One that seeks to bring everything down around their ears. Mice must stand strong against the dark and old heroes rise to help battle evil once more. Before the end friends will be lost, trust will be broken, and the city may yet fall. Can the mouse guard reveal the traitor in time? Or will all be lost?The artwork is probably my favorite part of this story. Don¿t get me wrong the story is great as well, but the artwork is stunning. Beautiful watercolor like drawings that just capture enough detail in the fur and the scales and the surrounding to make them real. David avoids the habit that many artists fall into which is to try to draw every scale, every strand of fur, which ultimately makes everything look like a mess. Instead David captures just the bare essence of what is needed. I think one of the best parts of the story is early on, right before Lieam takes on the snake, where he¿s just giving it that dead level stare daring it to attack. I also really like the fight scene where tho mice are taking on multiple crabs. Crabs, if you aren¿t aware, have more colors than most people imagine and all manner of little details that make it and David just does an absolutely wonderful job of capturing those details. This is the type of book that I can just sit down with for hours on end and look at all of the details in the illustrations. And then get lost in the story all over again.I love David¿s writing in this first volume and how he draws influences from such a wide variety of stories, from ¿The Three Musketeers¿ to ¿The Hunchback of Notre Dame,¿ and yet still creates his own compelling story. He lets the tension build up slowly and carefully and then reveals the mystery and the plot twist just the right moment so that you don¿t ever feel like you figured it out too soon. He also does a great job of creating the characters and making it easy to relate to them, even the villains. You just feel like you understand where they¿re coming from, even if you don¿t agree with their methods you realize they have a point of sorts. And he even points that out in the epilogue.This is just a fantastic story and I would highly recommend it for all ages. It has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. I even hear they¿ve got an RPG of it (and I know few people that have played and enjoyed it.) I can¿t wait to read the further adventures of the Mouse Guard.
TiffanyHickox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful edition to my new graphic novel collection! The text was well executed and the artwork fantastic and full of movement. At times a few of the characters looked a little similar, but this was a minor annoyance compared to the beautiful storyline and illustrations. I immediately looked for editional volumes and am delighted to find one that has already been released and another on its way in November. I am sure to add each to my collection.
LibraryBlondie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very cute. I liked the art a lot and the characterization is really good. The story isn't the most compelling I've ever read, but this is just volume 1, and the book has an epic LOTR feel to it. I'm guessing the series will only get better.
NintendoLaugh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The four stars is mostly for the gorgeous artwork--the story is good, but has yet to grip me.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I found this graphic novel at Borders and couldn't resist buying it. It's about three mouse guardsmen who go on an adventure to find a missing grain merchant. It was terrible cute and really makes me want to know what will happen to these different mice. The graphics were amazing and the story well written. There'll be another one coming out in 2008. :)
ladycato on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Short enough to be read in a 30-minute sitting, this hardcover graphic novel is an enjoyable read. The story is really nothing new: anthropomorphic mice, armed with swords, defend their realm from a betrayal within. However, the real reason to get this book are the detailed, full-color illustrations. I can't describe it really as "cute," but they are darling in a dark, appealing way. I've always enjoyed stories like this - I adored Graham Oakley's Church Mouse books when I was little, and Redwall when I was about 12 - and this feels like part of that legacy. Fierce little swordsmice defending their realm from evil! If you want to see the artwork, examples can be found on the official site.
VioletBramble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this series Petersen has envisioned an entire mouse civilization. In order to survive their many predators mice have built their cities far apart. Travel between cities is dangerous. The Mouse Guard is an elite group of mice that act as scouts, border patrol, escorts and body guards for those mice who must travel between the cities/territories. In this first book in the series there is a traitor among the Guard and the Mouse Guard heroes Lieam,Kenzie and Saxon, must find the traitor and save Gwendolyn, matriarch of the Guard. The story is imaginative and the illustrations are beautiful. I particularly liked the illustrations of the different mouse cities and their shops and businesses - the smith, the glass blower, the cartographer.Recommended.
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LeslieGS More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago