Mouse Guard, Volume 2: Winter 1152

Mouse Guard, Volume 2: Winter 1152

by David Petersen


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In the Winter of 1152, the Mouse Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many mouse through a cold and icy season. Some of the Guard's finest — Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, and Sadie, led by Celanawe, the legendary Black Axe — traverse the snow-blanketed territories acting as diplomats to improve relations between the mouse cities and the Guard, and find themselves on a race against time to deliver crucial medicines. This is a winter not every Guard may survive… Collects the second Mouse Guard series by Russ Manning Award-winner David Petersen, with an epilogue and bonus content.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781932386745
Publisher: Archaia
Publication date: 08/03/2009
Series: Mouse Guard Series , #2
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 174,996
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.90(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 2: Winter 1152 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
timothyl33 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful tale with wonderful art.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read Mouse Guard: Fall of 1152 with my 5 year old son and we both loved it. For his birthday he begged for Mouse Guard: Winter of 1152 and we immediately had to sit down and start reading it. This was another wonderful Mouse Guard book. These books are such wonderful classic fantasy adventures; a cross between Lord of the Rings and the Secret of Nhym.The winter has proved a hard one for the Mouse Guard. A party of Mouse Guards are sent out to gather much needed medicine. On the way they stumble into a lot of trouble. The party is separated and two of the mice must battle for their lives against an evil owl. The other half of the party ends up in Darkheather, an old weasle kingdom, and struggles through the tunnels trying to find their way out. Meanwhile back home there is a traitor that threatens all of the mice.This was another wonderful book. The artwork thoughout the book is absolutely beautiful, detailed, and stunning. It just sucks you right into the story. The coloring is subdued and has a very classic fantasy flavor to it. Just love the artwork in here; it adds so much to the story and is easy to follow.The story was also very well done. All of our favorite mice are back in the story including The Black Ax. I felt like the story in this book was tighter then in the first book. Each chapter follows three storylines: what's happening back home, what's happening in Darkheather, and what's happening with the great owl fight. It was easy to keep track of what was going on and to follow who was who.I really love that me and my 5 year old son can enjoy this story together. There aren't a ton of graphic novels out there that are this well done and appeal to such a broad age group.Overall just a superb addition to the Mouse Guard series. Beautiful illustrations and a well done plot that is complex, but not hard to follow. This book has appeal for a wide range of ages and is highly recommended to fantasy fans.
zzshupinga on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This volume continues the adventures of Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam and¿the Black Axe, a hero from the days of yor. In the previous review I mentioned a few criteria that a new comic/graphic novel had to meet for me and this second volume still meets that criteria for me with a great storyline and great artwork. I wasn¿t disappointed at all and neither will fans of the first volumeThe Mouse Guard has faced one of it¿s greatest challenges, treason from within, and managed to survive thanks to the actions of Saxon, Kenize, Lieam, and the other brave mice of the guard¿and the Black Axe a lost hero. But a new challenge arises. Winter approaches and the mice are short on supplies. So the four mice plus Sadie, another young guard mouse, head off to other outlaying colonies seeking supplies and calling for a council meeting. Then¿disaster falls as the party is making its way home. A hole opens up in the ground and Saxon, Kenize, and Sadie must take an underground route back home through dangerous teritory and Lieam and the Black Axe take the above route, where dangers seen and unseen wait¿and death may visit as well. Meanwhile back at the keep treason rears its head again and a guard mouse maybe lost unless the supplies the five are carrying make it back in time. Will they make it in time once more to save the keep? 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 still stunning. Beautiful watercolor drawings that just capture enough detail in the characters and their surrounding to make them seem real, especially the depiction of the fur of all of the various creatures that appear. In this volume we also have some additional flash back scenes, where the Black Axe¿Celanaw, discusses the axe and how he came by it that are done in beautiful pen and ink with a sepia tone. It feels absolutely perfect for the story and provides a nice contrast to the bulk of the story. The one minor issue I do have with the artwork in this volume is where the two mice, Celanaw and Lieam, get caught in the snow storm and start icing up. The ice just doesn¿t quite look right to me and instead appears like scales instead of ice clumped fur. But I can¿t fault David much for this as it would be difficult to capture this type of feeling effectively in any medium. This is still 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.This again is a gripping tale and has just the right mix of drama¿the supplies being low, the dark tunnel, and the second traitor in the keep¿to keep readers interested without being overwhelming with so much going on. David creates a pace to the tale that is pitch perfect, always making you want more. And that subtle tension from the first novel remains and is there at the very beginning of the story and continues to build throughout the book. Even more importantly the characters that we met in the first novel grow. You see them learn things not only about themselves and what they can handle in the face of adversity, but what their comrades can handle as well. This tale is a bit darker and younger readers might be a bit upset about what happens to a couple of the characters, but they should still enjoy it and finding out what happens to their friends from the first volume.This is just a fantastic story and I would recommend it for all ages, because it has a little bit of something for everyone to enjoy. I can¿t wait to read the next volume in the series
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Quick read. A nice follow up to the previous book. The real reason I read this is because the drawings are fantastic. That's also why it got five stars. The story is good, but the drawings are breathtakingly well done.
VioletBramble on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This second book in the series picks up shortly after the first book ends. Many of the mouse cities find themselves facing winter with limited supplies of foods and medicines stored away.Traitors against the Mouse Guard in the cities have been destroying foods and medicines for months prior to the rebellion. The Mouse Guard heroes head out into a blizzard for supplies.This book has more details about how the mice live and we learn personal information about the three heroes. The illustrations in this second book are as beautiful as those in the first book. Many of the illustrations look like they could be locations from out of The Lord of the Rings.The illustrations of the village of Sprucetuck, inside an old spruce tree, are particularly beautiful. The abandoned underground weasel city of Darkheather resembles Moria.The Glossaries contain more ancillary materials: maps and information about trades and attire. Recommended.
dr_zirk on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second volume of David Petersen's collected Mouse Guard is a big improvement over the first book, as Petersen considerably sharpens both his narrative and his graphic style. While the latter does not change significantly on a technical level, there are big steps forward in the use of page layout and the overall design of individual frames within a page. Mouse Guard is a really beautiful work, and a treat for the eyes - despite the winter theme of this story, Petersen leverages his use of black, gray, and white while contrasting those starker elements with bold splashes of color, and he does so very effectively. But in the end, the biggest leap forward for volume 2 is the tighter storytelling - the first book had some awkward transitions between chapters, and a complicated plot that was fairly rushed and muddled at points. In contrast, Winter 1152 proceeds at a slower pace, which is all to the good, since it allows for more character development and some extended action sequences which are well executed and very entertaining. At the end of the volume, the author makes clear that the series will continue in 2010, and I for one am very much looking forward to new episodes of Mouse Guard.
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Love-the-escape More than 1 year ago
I read this with my kids. But its not a fluff book either theres a bit of it all. Danger, adventure, friendship, and desioms about the greater good. Not to mentiom the artwork os beautiful.
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