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Mouse Guard: Fall 1152

(Mouse Guard #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  11,516 ratings  ·  1,018 reviews
The forest is a dangerous place for any animal, especially one as small as a mouse. In the past, the mouse world endured a tyrannical Weasel Warlord until a noble band of mouse soldiers fought back. Ever since, the Mouse Guard has defended the paces and prosperity of its kingdom. For generations, this league of scouts, weather-watchers, trailblazers, and protectors has ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 192 pages
Published July 21st 2009 by Archaia (first published May 30th 2007)
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Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
My girlfriend picked this up for my son, who has recently turned 7.

He's a big reader, and he loves comics. Though he hasn't been tested, is probably reading years ahead of whatever the standard metric is.

Unfortunately, Sarah made one of the classic mistakes here, and judged a book by its cover. In fact, she made the mistake twice.

1. She assumed that because it was a comic, it was probably for kids.

2. She assumed that a book with animal characters is for kids.

This is a mistake that someone who
Jan Philipzig
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, archaia
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.

Jan 28, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comx
The artwork is magnificent. It's worth reading this book just for the pleasure of falling into its gorgeous pages. And the basic idea -- a civilization of mammals near the bottom of the food-chain -- is great (though hardly original). But not much is done with that idea after the first issue or two. In fact, the storytelling is pretty inept. There's very little world-building and almost no character development beyond sketchily rendered cliches. Without the text summaries at the start of each ...more
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Very cute and ferocious mice! I love that there is an entire "mouse world", complete with fortified cities where each mouse has their place in the world. The drawings were excellent, especially the full-page drawings featuring natural mice foes (snake, crab, owl). And the added maps, guides, and gallery at the back of the book were fun to look through.
Sara *~The Loquacious Lassie~*
Beautiful illustrations, with a pretty shallow plot. The art was a lot more gritty than I'd expect from a book about mice. There was very little text though- so the emphasis was definitely on the art.
Jessica Severs
May 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Seth T.
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
James DeSantis
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was ok
I tried to like this. I really did. My buddy told me it was great. I opened the book and right away liked the art. I told myself, hey, it's Mice. This could be good...IT COULD BE....but sadly it was not. The idea behind this is the mouse guard send out three warriors to find out what happened to a missing mouse. Death occurs and the big fallout happens where we have to find out why we have traitors in our midst! Then a side story of someone else meeting a old guy because...oh man I dunno.

What I
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
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-fantasy
The cuteness of the mice is in stark contrast to the seriousness of the comic. The setting is harsh, survival is difficult for mice, given the many predators they face. The Mouse Guard are sworn to protect their brethren, but there is a secret party who believes that the Guard must be replaced as it's not effective any more. The Mouse Guard will be threatened in their own home by an unexpected and well-organized foe and will need to band together to face him.

Lieam, Kenzie, Saxon, all of the
Ben Bedard
Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Mar 03, 2008 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Tokio Myers
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Not anything new but was a nice mouse adventure and I absolutely adored the art. I've thought Mouse Guard is suppose to be about kickass mice; I can't help but think how cute they are when fighting snakes and stuff.

Also Saxon is the best!!!!
Mar 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not a big fan of "funny animal" books (the characters are animals that essentially walk and talk like humans) but it is hard not to fall in love with David Petersen's Mouse Guard: Fall 1152. The illustrations are beyond gorgeous-the action takes in a medieval world in which mice have language and cities, forge weapons and crafts, farm, and try to defend themselves from the depredations of a world they never made. This might sound like an unlikely source of entertainment but I promise you it ...more
Nov 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous artwork and a pint-sized tale of heroism and intrigue.
Mix several parts swashbuckling mice, some epic world building, a dash of female empowerment, and way more than a sprinkling of outstanding illustrations and you have the perfect, utterly delicious slice of happy ready pie.
Jul 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, graphic
Petersen is for sure a talented graphic artist. I enjoyed looking at this even though the story (aside from the substitution of mice for humans) is pretty generic.
Jon Rob
Jul 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Clark Hallman
Dec 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 22, 2007 rated it liked it
Shelves: all_ages_comics
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
Adam M
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: hoopla-app
This was a quick re-read as Fall 1152 was something I wanted to recommend to a friend for their 9 year old who is looking for a graphic novel that isn't all capes and powers. I love the Mouse Guard books and David Petersen art work is really special, but I couldn't remember how violent this actually got. I'm glad I read it again for my own sake as I still really enjoy this book, but it was nice to see that while it gives a lot of adventure thrills it could be accessible to this young, advanced ...more
Jun 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who secretly and not-so-secretly love animal stories
Wow. This was intense and captivating with elements of fantasy that feels like historical fiction (think A Song of Ice and Fire but with mice and way more child-friendly) meets Watership Down and or The Rats of NIMH. Loved the art, especially the mice illustrations. The snake scenes were a little too intense for my ophidiophobia.

While I think a book like this has a lot of wide age-range appeal and appropriateness (and, personally, would put it in the hands of grades 4-6 kids who are doing
Elizabeth A
Dec 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids-ya, graphix, 2015
My 11 year old nephew, Jonah, is a fan of comics, so I've been reading several middle grade ones to sample what might interest him.

Reading this graphic novel just made me happy. It is the story of mice and mousey things. There is intrigue, and murder, and betrayal, though the plot is a little weak. Think of this as a much watered down Game of Thrones for mice. The art though is sumptuous, and is really the main attraction here. My nephew started reading this one, and is liking it so far.
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Amazing artwork and a gripping narrative. I love this series so far. It reminds me of Redwall, one of my favorite series, if it were a comic. I am in love with the art style.
Nancy Kotkin
Story: 3 stars
Art: 5 stars

Medieval warriors in mouse form. But this is not a cute, fuzzy story. Indeed, there's lots of sword fighting, betrayal, and life-or-death situations (some on the losing side). The conflicts arise sometimes from their many predators, but mostly from within their own community of mice. This graphic novel is shelved in the YA section of my library (not in the children's rooms), probably due to the amount of violence.

The art is gorgeous, but the story feels a bit rushed. I
In addition to the initial pluses of it being about animals (mice) and the medieval period (I adore the mid-12th century), this graphic novel has some of the most beautiful artwork I have ever seen. The Guard Mice are wonderful, the world is a sweet cross between whimsical and brutal, and the adventure is a warm, comforting take on heroic tropes. I can't wait to read the next one because this one made me feel fuzzy and happy with every new page I turned.
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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

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