The Mouse Guard series has always fascinated me. The synopsis from creator David Peteson:
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, they are guides for common mice looking to journey without confrontation from one village to another. They see to their duty with fearless dedication so that they may not simply exist, but truly live.
It reads in a way that reminds me of medieval fantasy films, tales told around the hearth, tales of heroes and quests. Here’s a preview…
Beautiful work, beautifully written. This volume collects the six issue Black Axe mini series, The 2013 Free Comic Book Day story, a preface written by Monty Python’s Terry Jones and
…22 pages of assorted extras, including maps, cutaways, and guides; and a gallery of Mouse Guard pinups by the likes of Alex Sheikman (Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths), Sean Rubin (Redwall), Duncan Fegredo (Hellboy), Charles Paul Wilson III (The Stuff of Legend), Shane-Michael Vidaurri (Iron: Or, the War After), and Mike Mignola and Dave Stewart (Hellboy).
Here’s the order info!
MOUSE GUARD VOLUME 3: THE BLACK AXE
Collected Edition Hardcover
Retail Price: $24.95
Page Count: 208
Format: Hardcover with dust jacket, 8″ x 8″, full color
On-sale date: July 10 in comic book shops, July 23 in bookstores
Written, illustrated, and cover by: David Petersen
Rating: E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)
Synopsis: This is the third collected volume in the continuing saga of the Eisner Award-winning and critically acclaimed fantasy comic series, Mouse Guard, serving as a prequel to the two previous volumes. Set in 1115, this is the story of how the Guardmouse Celanawe’s paw first touched the legendary weapon, the Black Axe. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands, all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic axe. This hardcover collection includes an introduction by Monty Python great, Terry Jones; a gallery of pinups; a 22-page section of maps, guide pages, and cutaways; as well as a reprinting of the 2010 Free Comic Book Day story that serves as a prologue to the tale.