Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to enjoy the renowned hospitality of June herself. On one particular evening, the subject of unpaid drink tabs leads to a contest. Whichever patron can weave the best tale for June’s ears will have their past tab cleared entirely. With such an alluring prize up for grabs, the eager patrons begin telling fantastic stories, spinning their yarns throughout the evening contest.
Join David Petersen as he opens the Mouse Guard universe to a group of handpicked, superstar creators for this anthology filled with adventure, mystery and heroism.
Featuring stories crafted by Jeremy Bastian, Ted Naifeh, Alex Kain, Sean Rubin, Alex Sheikman, Terry Moore, Gene Ha, Lowell Francis, Jason Shawn Alexander, Nate Pride, Katie Cook, Guy Davis, Karl Kerschl, Craig Rousseau, Mark Smylie, João M. P. Lemos and series creator David Petersen.
So I’ve never really read Mouse Guard, but I have to admit the art is beautiful. And with the cast of creators listed above I can’t imagine it being anything but charming and fun. I was sent a review copy so I’ll give a read and tell you what’s what.
In the meantime here’s some art to whet your appetite.
MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 2 #1 (of 4)
Retail Price: $3.50 U.S.
Page Count: 24 pages
Format: staple bound, 8” x 8”, full color
Ship Date: June 16 in comic shops
Rating: E – EVERYONE (all ages, may contain minimal violence)
Written by David Petersen, Stan Sakai, Ben Caldwell, and Nick Tapalansky
Illustrated by David Petersen, Stan Sakai, Ben Caldwell, and Alex Eckman-Lawn
Cover by David Petersen
The 2011 Eisner Award winner for best anthology is back with a second volume! In a mouse tavern called the June Alley Inn, a new round of storytelling begins between the patrons. Their goal is to be declared the best story of the night in hopes of having their outstanding bar tabs cleared! Legends of the Guard continues the tradition of featuring hand-picked artists and storytellers by series creator David Petersen. This issue features Stan Sakai (Usagi Yokimbo), Ben Caldwell (The Dare Detectives!), and the Awakening team of Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn!