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Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 (Mouse Guard #1)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  8,131 ratings  ·  677 reviews
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 dange ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 192 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Archaia (first published May 30th 2007)
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Jan 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th grade and up
Gorgeous book. The story owes a huge debt to Redwall, but the artwork is the real reason to read this book (and slowly). One review called the illustrations "sumptuous," and I can't beat that word. The colors are lush and glowing, and pattern & texture are used to great effect to show depth and distance.

I noticed that David Petersen earned his BFA in printmaking, which would explain the care taken in composing each panel. Even though these aren't prints, I can imagine that when you get in t
Nicholas Karpuk
A book about warrior mice comes off as the sort of comedy comic I'd pick up in the 90's, flip through, and put back dismissively. There's been a certain disdain for talking animal comics among serious comic writers for about as long as the comic industry has existed in America.

What sets Mouse Guard apart is that the creatures don't seem all that anthropomorphized. The author basically took a step back and observed that life for a mouse civilization would be much scarier and more difficult than a
Looking at lavishly drawn and colored mice with swords was pleasant enough for a few pages, but I am afraid it only does so much for me. The high fantasy world of Mouse Guard feels underdeveloped and surprisingly generic underneath its furry surface - I got the impression that David Petersen was so keen on seeing his mice in action that he neglected the basics of fantasy storytelling, namely world building and character development.

We mice have little chance in this world, considering all the critters that eats us.

And so, the Mouse Guard was formed to keep the borders safe and protect against all evil and harm that may threaten their territories.

They slay serpents and giant crabs, (oddly enough, owls, hawks, and even cats don't seem to be a problem), but their biggest threat comes from other mice.

When a grain merchant is found dead, the guard discovers he was carrying a map of their city, and the race is on to find out to
Jessica Severs
Sincerity and simplicity are endangered concepts in much of today's fantasy offerings -- be they books, movies or games -- but "Mouse Guard" recalls the fare of my youth, like "Watership Down" and "The Secret of NIMH," where even the most unassuming creatures face epic trials of life and death and morality.
Think of it as a "Lord of the Rings" for mice, but instead of battling balrogs, these warrior mice struggle against snakes and crabs, and instead of Sauron and his minions, they combat treache
Seth T.
David Petersen's Mouseguard is a so-far-incredible series that pits medieval mice against both their common predators (snakes, owls, weasels, etc.) and their own kind. As the series is yet to be completed, it's hard to judge how well the series-as-whole will hold up—but if Petersen continues to show the kind of storytelling attention and illustrator's care that we see in the first two volumes, the final result will be worthwhile indeed.

With Fall 1152, Petersen introduces a world within (presumab
Basically, this is one of the most beautiful graphic novels I've ever read. The amount of time it must have taken to perfectly craft the color and lines for every every panel is enormous. The characters and scenery are beautifully beautifully executed, and their drama is very real and comes to life as a result of the painstaking work of David Peterson. Great for fans of Redwall or Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, or for anyone who loves full color pages where you can spend inordinate amounts of ...more
Ben Bedard

I wanted to like this book for the artwork. The mice are portrayed in some strange land between cute and serious that is very enjoyable. Something about a mouse with a sword. It's nice. But unfortunately the writing is pretty bad. Several of the moments in the book that should have given the author an opportunity to explore, instead were highly derivative. When a mouse is caught inside a besieged town, the general proclaims that it is not them who is trapped inside with the enemy, it is the enem
Mar 03, 2008 Burt rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like stories with mice in them.
Shelves: graphic-stories
I don't like anthropomorphic stories. The Secret of NIMH never did it for me. I never finished Watership Down. Animal Farm was way too clever and even its political similies were lost on me when I was 15. I have seen and heard and spoken with Brian Jaques, but I haven't cracked the cover of Redwall yet.

Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie are the primary characters of Mouse Guard and they are, yes, mice. So are Gwendolyn and Sadie and Conrad. Ditto Celanawe. Mice. I hate stories with mice in them.

But not th
Clark Hallman
Mouse Guard Fall 1152 by David Peterson – This is a well-written, very creative, children’s story book about a society of mice that is protected from predators and other dangers by the Mouse Guard. After experiencing it, I understand why my wife encouraged me to read it. This children’s story is lavishly illustrated in full color within a stylish 192-page hardback. This story focuses on Lieam, Saxon, and Kenzie (three of the Guard’s finest mice) who must try to stop a traitorous plot against the ...more
This was the biggest out-of-nowhere indie hit of the comic book world last year. With comparisons to "Bone" and "The Secret of NIMH," I knew it would never live up to the hype. But I enjoyed it nevertheless.
The art was terrific, the world felt authentic, and the characters were instantly likable. I just think the story he was trying to tell was a little more epic than he gave himself room for. A lot of important stuff got skipped in "meanwhile..." chapter breaks and I wanted more development of
Jon Rob
One of the greatest achievements in comic art of the last 10 years.
A tale that works on so many levels it is the true All ages comic. Young and old will get something out of it.
It's the cavalier worlds of derring-do, Robin Hood and the like transferred, and reduced to the world of mice.
The surface of cute anthropomorphism it has underneath it a stunning mix of intrigue and adventure. The art is wonderfully rendering with care and attention to detail instantly recalling all the best art you saw i
This graphic novel was written for children but also entertaining for adults. The Mouse Guard was formed to protect the mice against the world’s harsh conditions and predators, but who knew their greatest enemy would be from within. A traitor mouse threatens to bring down their villages and the Guard itself. The illustrations are bold and detailed giving life to the majestic territories of the mice. Though the premise of little warrior mice may seem cute, these mice are fierce fighters and their ...more
Fantastic, good little story of warriors, duty and courage and cracking world building that i found very engaging. The art is amazing and very detailed, bringing to life the world of the mice and there protectors the Mice Guard
When I finished this, I thought "it was okay." Hence the two star rating. I have been wanting to read this for awhile and, perhaps because I had been anticipating it for so long, I found it to be somewhat disappointing. The idea is wonderful, and I like the way the violence was juxtaposed against the idea of a tiny, cute little creature. But the storytelling fell flat for me. It was okay, but I expected much more from it. I couldn't keep the characters straight except for Black Axe and Gwendolyn ...more
Ally Copper
“Mouse Guard Fall 1152” by David Peterson gets so much right! It is a graphic novel with an epic feel, and it leaves readers with a desire for more. It tells the story of the brave mice who protect the mouse kingdom that exists where humans and other predators cannot notice it. It is the job of the members of the Mouse Guard to protect the kingdom, to escort other mice (such as merchants and carpenters) from one territory to the next, and to keep an eye on the weather, which has a major effect o ...more
11 July 2013

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 is a dark and beautifully illustrated tale of corruption, bravery, and honor. What makes this story different is that the gallant heroes are actually mice. Imagine a world where The Secret of NIMH meets a kid-friendly version of A Game of Thrones and you've arrived in the fantastical world of Lockhaven with the Mouse Guard ensuring your protection.

This is surprisingly more violent than expected. While I found the characters to be engaging and enjoyed the sinist
Nancy O'Toole
Mouse Guard: Autumn 1152 tells the story of three mice, Liem, Kenzie, and Saxon, members of the Mouse Guard. While on a mission to find a missing grain merchant, they come across evidence of betrayal. The three travel back to the capital to warn Gwendolyn, the matriarch of the guard. On the way the three will encounter legendary warriors, and face dangerous traitors before they hope to save the city of Lockhaven.

As someone that reads more fiction than comics, when reading a graphic novel I mainl
Liz { nvl.tea }
Honestly, the biggest reason I decided to read this was my love for the Redwall series. It's incredibly similar, from the beautiful castle of Lockhaven to the large predator enemies. It felt nostalgic, in a way, for me, and that's where most of my enjoyment comes from. If I had not read and fallen in love with Brian Jacques's work, I don't think I would enjoy this nearly as much. I don't discredit anything David Petersen has done, but the world of Mouse Guard does feel like it could be a part of ...more
First off, I just want to say this has got to be some of the most beautiful artwork I've seen in graphic novel format. The color palettes used are gorgeously striking, and the manner in which Petersen inks this series fits the "tales of yore" feel. Petersen's ability to draw you in down to ground level within the world of these renegade mice and their trials and tribulations is fantastic, and I found myself almost wanting to skip the text entirely and instead just visually read this panel by pan ...more
4.5 stars, and if the rest of the series continues to be of this quality, I may be posting 5-star reviews for the rest of the books. Mouse Guard contains stunning artwork, which I figured would be accompanied by stories simply too cute to take seriously. Such is not the case. Petersen has successfully built (and is building) a well-structured culture, economy, and society of depth and beauty.
This one was a complete discovery, one of my best friend just offered it to me. I liked the universe and the drawings, but it wasn't that original, I would have expected more from the story and the characters, all of them being just described on the surface. The drawing style lacks movement and rythm but apart of that it is really beautiful. I read the second story right after.
Pretty damn entertaining little story - not quite as good as Redwall (the only other mouse fantasy that comes to mind) but it also doesn't have the amount of story as Redwall. This is a great start to a great bunch of tales about the Mouse Guard.

Give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
Aug 02, 2007 Bill rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy lovers, and fans of Redwall, Watership Down, and Mrs. Frisby & the Rats of NIMH
Shelves: comics, fantasy
Decent little fantasy tale set in a world of mice. Being the smallest creatures around, just about every aspect of life is dangerous for mice, so the Mouse Guard help protect them and keep the peace. Only now, they also have to deal with a new threat from within their own society. A good story populated by interesting characters, and gorgeously illustrated in muted, natural tones. Reads a bit too quickly - you could easily polish this off in one sitting - and I was a bit bothered that at least o ...more
I vaguely recall picking this up previously and not being able to get into it. But this time I enjoyed it much more. A distinct world that only faintly reminded me of Redwall this time, in the market scenes, and much more realistic in the dangers that the mice would face from the natural world, let alone from rebel Axe-mice out for blood. Beautiful illustrations of adorable mice who can take out the most fearsome of predators. A great instance of a little thought ("Mice have a culture all their ...more
Amazing little book and beautiful too. I will have go slowly collect these over time.
Aug 30, 2014 Pat rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
I loved Mouse Guard and look forward to reading as much of it as I can. This book is definitely about appreciating the artwork and it is gorgeous. The storyline was enough to hold my interest but the art is great.
Beautiful art. Sword and axe wielding cute mice fighting for survival in a world where they are at the bottom of the food chain. Medieval intrigue and action.
That's what this book is about.

What it doesn't have is world building, character development, proper introduction of characters, characters you can properly tell apart and good story telling.

Don't get me wrong! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, but I cant ignore that I some times had trouble telling the three reddish mice apart. I got
There's really nothing about this book that I can recommend. One of the book jacket reviews claims that "fans of Bone and Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH will love this book." What an incredibly lazy review. Oh, this book has mice in it aaaand this other book is a graphic novel. YES. PERFECT. Everyone will enjoy this equally. I suspect the reviewer just looked at the cover and didn't even bother to crack it open.

Unfortunately, Mouse Guard has none of the magic, creativity, memorable characters,
Michael K.
I’m unfamiliar with this artist/author and his work, but this seems to be intended as the first in a series. The premise is a culture of anthropomorphic mice living in a fantasy land that resembles medieval Europe, and the color art is very nice, but Petersen is a better visualist than writer. The focus is on the adventures of a group of sword-swinging “guardsmice,” who were formed as an army but now serve as scouts and lawmen. Specifically, they seem to be concerned with the testy relations bet ...more
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Note: There are more than one David Petersen on GR's database. For catch-all profile, see here (dissambiguated via 10 spaces).

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 won the 2007 Russ Manning Award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2008, David won the
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