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Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Vol. 1 (Mouse Guard)

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Inside the June Alley Inn, located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, mice gather to tell tales, each trying to outdo the other. A competition, of sorts, begins. The rules: Every story must contain one truth, one lie and have never been told in that tavern before. With the winner getting his bar tab cleared, fantastic stories are spun throughout the evening. Legends o ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published November 23rd 2010 by Archaia (first published October 20th 2010)
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Seth T.
Dec 15, 2010 Seth T. rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
I was worried that an excursis from the running narrative of David Petersen's Mouse Guard series would be at best ineffectual and at worst a deep distraction from the wonderful story being crafted over the seasons (Fall and Winter of 1152 so far). "Tales from" collections usually present a mishmash of stories varying in quality from good (very rare) to mediocre (very common) to downright bad (uncommon though unfortunately not so uncommon as good stories). My fears were largely unfounded here.

Jan 18, 2016 Kaitlin rated it really liked it
This was far cuter, more imaginative and varied, and just plain fun, than I had anticipated.
Full review to follow but suffice to say I have discovered some excellent new illustrators through reading this and will be looking up some of their other works.
I also fully intend to pick up all the rest of the Mouse Guard books very soon! 4*s
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So, this was my first venture into the world of the Mouse Guard, a world originally created by David Peterson. I wanted to try thi
Quentin Wallace
Feb 20, 2015 Quentin Wallace rated it really liked it
Mouse Guard is an all ages tale of warrior mice. It's not just kids stuff. This volume featured several short stories by different creators. It read somewhat like a set of fables, and was very entertaining. The art in particular was gorgeous, with beautiful coloring.

If you like Mouse Guard, than of course you'd like this one. For people unfamiliar, I'd say anyone who likes fables would enjoy it. Also, fans of Watership Down would probably LOVE Mouse Guard. If you are looking for something a lit
Various mice tell partially true to true/false tales in order to not pay their tab at the inn. Tales range from mediocre to excellent. Artwork is it's usual style.

It came across like it needed a good editor. Words would be repeated too close together, and some of the...boxes? Don't what to call them...weren't laid out in a logical manner. The stories were all VERY short, the longest one was probably only 8 pages. So I really had no idea who any of the mice telling the stories actually were.

Artwork was great and the book itself was physically pleasing, which always makes me happy.
Max R
Jan 11, 2015 Max R added it
Mouse Guard, Legend of the Guard by David Petersen is a fantasy/graphic novel that takes place in the June Alley Inn in the world of the mouse guard. Within the Inn, June, the owner, is having a competition for who can tell the best story. The rules are that it must have one truth, one lie, and have been never told before in the Inn. This spirals into a competitive competition with everyone working to have the best story. Since this book was made up of many smaller stories in it, there was a lot ...more
I have had the pleasure of interviewing David Petersen for a podcast that I was formerly affiliated with on a couple of occasions. His Mouse Guard stories are among the finest work currently being done in the industry. I can not "Rickommend" them enough. This collection is a wonderful addition to this growing series and the ONLY reason that I did not give it a 5 star rating is that some of the tales that are told do not quite feel right in the over all Mouse Guard reality. In their defense they ...more
Oct 03, 2013 Karissa rated it really liked it
My 6 year old son and I are huge fans of the Mouse Guard series. So for a present on his first day of school I got him this book and then we slowly read through the stories together. Like any anthology the stories are hit and miss, but overall it’s a good collection of Mouse Guard related stories by various authors.

The premise behind this book is that a whole bunch of mice are gathered in a tavern and they all owe the proprietor money. The proprietor, June, proposes a contest. The mouse that tel
Jan 19, 2011 Megan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
This is the third book of this series that i've read. I read the first two because we are currently doing a Mouse Guard role playing arc. (I can't believe how much i have been revealing in these little reviews.)

I quite liked this book, which is a compilation of strips written by different artists in the Mouse Guard world. I thought the concept seemed creative, and the outcome was pretty impressive. I'm not a huge consumer of graphic novels/comics, so i can't say this is entirely new, but it was
So those of you who know me well enough know that I HATE talking animal books. This will always be the case. However I realize there is a market for this volume so I gave it three stars. It's a cross between Redwall and The Tale of Despereaux. The mice are knights and they're in a tavern when one old mouse can't pay his bill. Eventually he strikes a deal with the barkeep that he'll spin a yarn for ale and the barkeep agrees. (Story one). Then the other mice start telling stories. The story-withi ...more
Jasmine Woods
Aug 18, 2013 Jasmine Woods rated it really liked it
A really lovely anthology set in the Mouse Guard world. No prior knowledge of the franchise was needed, meaning it could be enjoyed by fans and newcomers alike. The premise is disarmingly simple, each story is being told by a different mouse in the hopes of clearing their bar tab. Some are based on old fables or classic poems, others are wholly original. For the most part the art and story-telling are fabulous, the only let down for me was Katie Cook's story. Her art was far too cartoony and sty ...more
Travis Mueller
Dec 23, 2014 Travis Mueller rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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Becky B
The premise for this collection is a bunch of mice in an inn competing with stories to pay their bills for food and/or lodging. Each guest shares a story of a heroic mouse from the past, though the settings and circumstances of each story (and artwork) vary greatly within that framework. Two of the stories are built on stories most readers will be familiar with, one on Poe’s “Raven” and the other on Aesop’s fable “The Lion and the Mouse,” the rest are original.
I’ve actually read 2nd Legends of t
Oct 01, 2014 Katie rated it liked it
Shelves: english-430
I picked this up because I haven't read many graphic novels. It's a clean, short book with several different stories told by mice. A few of the mice tell stories about battles, but they are brief and could hardly even be considered fantasy violence. I actually thought some of the stories could have been a little longer. A few felt incomplete. I did enjoy the different styles of art though for each story. I was thinking about the similarities to The Canterbury Tales the whole time, so the diffe ...more
Gemma Thomson
Feb 26, 2015 Gemma Thomson rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of fantasy, particularly on the fringes of fairy tales.
Beautiful and gripping stuff. Testimonials describe this as being a good entry point for those not already familiar with the world of Mouse Guard, and I'm inclined to believe them since that's precisely where I came at it from.

To summarise: the book is an anthology of fantasy tales, many of which are quite dark, in the way of all the best children's tales. The protagonists throughout are anthropomorphic mice, who inhabit a vaguely pre-medieval world and a culture of honour, duty and perilous foe
Sep 07, 2012 Mel rated it liked it
Shelves: read-as-an-adult
This is a collection of stories set in the world of "Mouse Guard". I loved the map and the floor plan of the inn, as well as the individual mouse portraits, but I found the stories quite average.
Lee Ann
Aug 01, 2014 Lee Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Real talk: This book lost two stars because there was only ONE female writer/artist on the team of SIXTEEN. One. And it showed, because there was all of ONE female patron in the inn telling stories, aside from the innkeeper, and most of the females in the stories were "won" by the male heroes. Kind of disappointing.

It had a lot of potential otherwise. The idea was cute. The artwork was nice. But as a female reader who LOVES fantasy and Redwall-esque medieval animal fantasies, I was really disapp
Apr 20, 2014 H rated it liked it
My Mouse guard crazy students will gobble up this collection of stories inspired by artists and authors who work in the world of Peterson's Mouse guard series. The various artists work both in styles similar and dis-similar to Peterson's, and some stories are better than others. I myself miss Peterson's gorgeous art work, though it appears in between the stories. Many of my younger readers will not follow some of the stories, but even if all they do is look at the pictures, they will be richer f ...more
Denise "Mika" Hutchins
I didn't realize this would be an artist collaboration of sorts. It was really well done! The story-telling contest was a great way to allow so many artists to do their own take on Mouse Guard without disrupting the main story. I enjoyed the wide variety of tales, even the ones that were extremely short or without dialogue. I was very tickled when I reached the adaptation of Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven! Overall, I loved this volume (I just hope we'll get some more main-storyline Mouse Guard even ...more
Clever and worth the cover price.

It's hard for a creator to let go of his or her invention and let others fiddle with it, so one wonders how many sleepless nights David Peterson endured before giving the go-ahead on MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD. This anthology of side stories, old yarns, and also-heards is a smart and fanciful way of weaving for the audience a larger, broader view of the Mouse Territories. The Mouse Guard books don't lack for much, but one thing they could all use is a bit
Dec 10, 2012 Bellis rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Noch vor dem ersten Band, hatte ich in der Bibliothek "Mouse Guard: Legenden der Wächter" erwischt. Hierbei Handelt es sich um eine Sammlung von Kurzgeschichten, die im Mouse Guard-Universum spielen, aber nicht von Petersen, sondern von diversen anderen Zeichnern und Autoren geschaffen wurden. Eingebettet sind sie in die Rahmenhandlung eines Geschichtenerzählwettbewerbs in einer Kneipe, dessen gewinner seine Schulden bei der Wirtin los ist.

Wie bei Kurzgeschichtensammlungen üblich, schwankt auch
Abby Brithinee
Feb 11, 2013 Abby Brithinee rated it really liked it
In a lively tavern on the western edge of the mouse territories, June has told her patrons that the mouse who tells the best story tonight will have all his debts wiped clean. Legends of the Guard is a collection of (#) graphic tales told by different authors, all set in David Petersen's world of Mouse Guard. Between each tale is a scene in the tavern to tie the various stories together.

Every story is as different as the artists who created them. One has no words at all, another in shades of whi
Sep 15, 2013 Raj rated it really liked it
I came to Mouse Guard through the role-playing game, and this is my first exposure to the universe, other than the short game that we played (although the stories in this book are non-canonical). It's a lovely volume with stories and artwork provided by different artists, all within a framing story of a tale-telling competition in a tavern somewhere in the western end of the mouse territories.

The stories are all quite different, although many of them stick to a mythic quality. We have light-hear
Kyle Wright
Apr 24, 2016 Kyle Wright rated it liked it
Some fun stories, but also some that really didn't grab me. By necessity of the format (guest artists telling quick little tales), some of the stories don't really have any depth to them. I did enjoy seeing each artists' visual take on the world of Mouse Guard, but overall it didn't provide a compelling narrative throughout, as it's extremely difficult to tell a great story in the space of 3-4 pages. Considering the varying levels of successfully telling fun stories, I'd say that overall the boo ...more
Jun 20, 2016 Holly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
I liked this book. It was neat to see not only different stories, but also different art styles and how they interpreted look of the mice and cities. It was also very nice that at the end they listed the bios of the contributors and their other works along with a sketch, image, or excerpt from the story they did, so if you liked a particular story or style you could see what else they had done without having to go back, find the one you liked, find their names, and look them up.
Earl C
Aug 06, 2015 Earl C rated it really liked it
Very quick review:
-writing: 3 to 5 stars
-story: 3 to 5 stars
-characters: 3 to 5 stars
-accessibility: 3 to 5 stars
-setting: 3 to 5 (these add interesting pieces to the setting)
-artwork: 3 to 5 (really amazing!)

The collection varied from good to outstanding. Every story managed to maintain the feel of the series and the Canterbury Tales style framework that David Petersen wraps around it works really well.
Fiction State Of Mind
I've heard wonderful things about mouseguard over the years and so I've decided to dive into the series. In the world of mouseguard animals talk and the mice are protected by the guard. This series also has a mideval like feel to it.

This volume of legends actually brings together several different creators to play in David Petersen's world. These stories are part of a contest where tavern patrons share stories to clear their bar tabs. A really great read
Mar 08, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I blindly purchased this book without reading a review, I just thought as per usual I'd be seeing Petersens work. It doesn't exactly work like that in this book, you get a collection of different stories by different artists/writers.

At first I was a bit disappointed that the whole book wasn't done by Petersen but I got used to it after a few stories. I'm still glad I purchased this book because I was exposed to some very different art styles and some odd stories.

I've always bought Mouse Guard be
This is the first book I've read set in the Mouse Guard universe, but I definitely feel as though I should read more! The illustrations are super lovely. The settings and characters remind me of Monster Hunter, and the mice are fabulous! This book takes place inside an inn with customers competing to tell the best tale to resolve their tabs. A different author/artist produced each short story, so they have unique flavor. I love the inclusion of covers, artist bios, and original sketches at the e ...more
Sep 16, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
Some of the stories were really excellent- in particular, I thought "Crown of Silver, Crown of Gold" by Mark Smylie was lovely, and the adaptation of Poe's "The Raven" by Jason Shawn Alexander was awesome. Some of the others were fairly good, but there were several I didn't care for, and some that just didn't suck me in that much. Still, an interesting collection.
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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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