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Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (Mouse Guard #2)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,471 ratings  ·  225 reviews
In the Winter of 1152, the Mouse Guard face a food and supply shortage threatening the lives of many a mouse through a cold and icy season. Some of the Guard's finest 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.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Titan Books (UK) (first published July 1st 2007)
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As a special reward for May, we bought her the second Mouse Guard. I was a little frustrated to learn a) it hasn't come out in soft-cover yet and b) Volume 3 iss only barely beginning to come out in issues!

My daughter is obsessed. She is going to dress as Gwendolyn for Halloween this year. Her drawing quality took a giant leap when she started drawing guardsmice. She writes her own comics (2-3 panels of mice facing off aginst bullfrogs and the like).

This volume doesn't have quite the epic-span f...more
Seth Hahne
In Winter 1152, David Petersen continues his tale of mouse intrigue, glory, and honour apace. Rather than having the squashed rebellion of Fall 1152 simply fade into memory as a one-off plot to give the first volume some heft, we see that these things have lasting consequences and that the flames that leapt up in open rebellion still smoulder in traitorous saboutage.

This volumes lays more foundation for upcoming books as Petersen explores not just the relationships between the guardsmice, but i...more
Rick Silva
With supplies depleted as winter approaches, the guardmice send messengers to the nearby towns to request needed supplies and to invite the leaders to a summit to find common solutions to the threats facing the mice. David Petersen envisions a medieval-style society made up of mice and the warrior-mice who serve as their protectors.

While one group is split up as they struggle to make it home, treachery lurks in the halls of Lockhaven.

This was my first introduction to Mouse Guard, aside from a co...more
A much more grounded story than the first Mouse Guard volume. Instead of an epic, sweeping tale with no time to develop most of its components, we get a much smaller story of the Guard just trying to make it back to their home with supplies. This makes for a far more enjoyable read, as it doesn't take huge leaps forward in story, instead staying very close to our main heroes as they battle their way back to Lockhaven.

That said, I still find the series a little silly at times. It takes itself so...more
Nov 16, 2009 Becky rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 5th grade and up
Three and a half stars. The illustrations in this sequel are still gorgeous, and after mentioning Dinotopia in my review of the first book, I was tickled to see this Foreword by James Gurney. He writes, "With impeccable taste Petersen chooses dramatic camera angles and striking compositions, not merely to tell the story, but to expand the world. The colors transition from golden firelight to pale blue moonlight." I guarantee the constant snowfall in this book will make you feel cold.

However, the...more
Thurston Hunger
As mentioned in my Spring 1152 review, we accidentally read this one first, and it was tougher to comprehend lacking the back story. But this journey story, visiting the Weasely underworld and a nice macabre interaction with bats that for my young darklings was much enjoyed.

Speaking of bats, there is sort of a legendary mouse named the Black Axe who your kids will likely love as mine did, but his arc has perhaps a tragic tinge to it, so be forewarned with more sensitive young ones. As this is mi...more
First off, I thought Mouse Guard : Winter 1152 told a much less confusing story than Mouse Guard : Fall 1152. Part of this may be because I was already somewhat familiar with the characters and their society, but I also think David Petersen just did a better job of telling the story in this one. Fall 1152 seemed very heavily focused on the breathtaking illustrations, and not so much on the textual element of the graphic novel. While the illustrations were still the main focus in Winter 1152, the...more
The first book was pretty good but this one is even better. The plot is more involved, we get more character development, and while the art remains gorgeous, Petersen has gotten even more creative with his set pieces. The world is really expanded upon in this book and it is wonderful; the weasel-tunnels in particular were so much fun to look at and very atmospheric. Saxon remains my favorite of the guards due to his impetuous aggression and the great facial expressions Petersen gives him. The di...more
Paul Mirek
David Petersen delivers a stunning follow-up to Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. In many ways, this is a denser, more complex work than the original, which is no surprise given the two extra chapters he has to play with. The protagonists from the first volume return, tasked with supplying some necessary medicine to assist in their hometown's rebuilding following the bloody betrayal of one of their own. Yeah, don't be surprised to find some violence here--Petersen's detailed art brings out the beauty and...more
Matt Piechocinski
I have trouble distinguishing between the mice. However, I do like Lieam, and thought it was pretty cool when he took up the mantle of the Black Axe. I also think it's a good comic for kids.
In short, the story is not as good as the first but the art is better. So, 4 stars once again.

My problem with the story is that it felt a little convoluted. There were more names to keep track of and several stories happening at the same time with little notice to transition. The actual action of the story itself is good! It ends in a way that I’m ready for Spring 1153. The romantic additions felt a little forced, like he thought last minute to add them in. I liked in the first one how the two...more
I really hope I can get my hands on the rest of these. The art is amazing and the story is really good, too.
These turned out to be very beautiful graphic novels, and scale well to different readers ages.
These poor mice! Their lives are so tough, but they are so, so cute.
Denise Hutchins
Even better than the first one. I really loved the visual environments in this volume and, story-wise, the author did well in cutting to the different groups of mice in their different areas throughout the tale. Very exciting and well-paced. I was rather moved by several moments, and also surprised at some of the events. I think, because there was less need to introduce the characters and setting, this volume was able to tell a more complex and interesting story (when compared to the first). I'd...more
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This series always leaves me wanting more. It's a fabulously developed mythology of an animal society, complete with maps, legends, chapters, and more. We follow the adventures of a group of guard mice who patrol the wilds between mice cities. They wear clothing (varied by city), fight battles, brew potions, decorate living spaces, and more. I really love Petersen's landscapes - just looking at the pictures is a feast for the eyes.
The one thing I struggle with for kids is it doesn't fit in my t...more
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David Loh
I must confess to being somewhat "meh" about this series thus far. I expected great things, having read a number of glowing reviews, and seeing "Eisner Award Winner" proudly emblazoned on the book's dust jacket. Sadly, I did not enjoy the previous volume, Autumn 1152, much at all. This second collection is much improved, with a far more coherent storyline, tighter scripting, and better character development. Nevertheless, there are still a number of things I didn't really like.

First, the art. W...more
Dec 30, 2009 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: cindy bravo
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Becky B
Winter is hard on mice. But the Mouse Guard will do their duties in delivering messages, securing supplies, escorting travelers, and ensuring that an important summit on cooperation between mice settlements happens. Of course, that doesn't mean it will be easy. Saxon, Kenzie, Lieam, Sadie and Celanawe are on an important mission to spread invites to the summit and to gather much needed medicines for Lockhaven. Along the way they become separated when most of the group falls into an old tunnel be...more
Chouette histoire : si les souris sont présentées sous des traits humanisées, le monde ne l'est pas, et il est d'ailleurs sacrément hostile à ces souris courageuses.
Je ne pensais pas que la vie de souris était aussi dure en hiver.
Je ne pensais pas qu'un hibou pouvait être un monstre aussi difficile à abattre.
Je ne pensais pas non plus que les chauve-souris étaient à ce point déchiré entre leur côté bête à poil et leur côté bête à aile.
Mais surtout, je ne pensais pas qu'il s'agissais d'une oeuvre...more
Sarah W
I learned about Mouse Guard from my student teaching experience in an elementary school library. The Mouse Guard books were popular there because he had done a school visit there the year before. When I finally sat down with one of the books, I could easily see why. Had Mouse Guard existed when I was in sixth grade, I would have devoured it as I did when I was introduced to the Redwall books that year by my school librarian. In Mouse Guard, there are mice battling against their natural elements,...more
Even more wonderful than its predecessor! Set in the difficult winter after the foiled rebellion against the Guard, the story in this volume follows a core group of mice as they travel to the various towns in the territory to gather much-needed supplies for the Guard's capital city, splintering into smaller and smaller groups along the way under the pressure of dangers, both environmental and predatory. Most of the characters really come into their own in this volume, and we get the sense of rea...more
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 stumbl...more
Nous retrouvons nos souris dans un nouveau volume encore plus réussi que le précédent. Cette fois, il n'est plus nécessaire pour l'auteur de procéder à la mise en place de l'histoire mais ce monde nous réserve malgré tout encore bien des surprises. Les évènements relatés dans Automne 1152 ont laissé la Garde affaiblie et la venue soudaine d'un hiver rigoureux a forcé ses membres à se retrancher dans leur fief de Lockhaven. La pénurie qui les guette va les forcer à sortir de leur retraite et à e...more
Andy Shuping
I previously reviewed Mouse Guard Fall 1152 and I’m excited to get a chance to read and review it’s sequel, Winter 1152. 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 volum...more
Ren the Unclean
Aug 12, 2009 Ren the Unclean rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked the first in the series
I liked this book, though maybe not as much as the first one. The story is less about epic events and more about the adventures of the core group of guards as they attempt to return to Lockhaven after a patrol to various outlying towns during the winter months.

The art is just as good as in the first book, and every page is awesome to look at. Petersen does action really well and I like that he pays a lot of attention to making sure that the equipment the mice have maintains continuity. The stat...more
DeLace Munger
I have a particular fondness for the Mouse Guard series because I've also played the RPG which has the same ideas and beautiful artwork. I like the message that doing what is right is not always easy nor is it obvious and that you have to know who you are before you can accomplish what is right for you.

I enjoy the complications and the constant struggle for survival that the mice face. Each character is unique and even the minor characters pique my curiousity, making me wonder what their backsto...more
This continuation was also a bit of a jump forward. While the story itself picked up where the first one had left off, it was obvious the fast-forward button was hit just a bit, as well.

The illustrations were just as beautiful as the first book. Again, I spent a lot of time just staring at the drawings, getting the full impact of the words and the pictures. There was a bit more character given to the Mice, and a bit more history hinted at, which I really enjoyed.

The only thing that sticks in my...more
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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...more
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“You should always aim to be your own mouse, Lieam. In already are. You are not so quick to jump into danger as Saxon and not as pensive of mind as Kenzie. They rely on each other too much. Saxon knows he can afford to be reckless since Kenzie acts as his conscience. And Kenzie can linger in his thoughts and plans, because he knows Saxon can defend him. I tested Kenzie earlier. I wanted to see if he would be swayed by my advice. It took Saxon's coaxing to make up the greyfur's mind. Be compleete with in yourself young will never disappoint. Even in solitude.” 7 likes
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