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Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 2 Hardcover – 17 Dec 2013


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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Boom Entertainment (17 Dec. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936393263
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936393268
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 672,585 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A good continuation of the theme from volume 1. Lovely artwork and good stories if you liked the first book, then you'll enjoy this
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Independent authors and artists add to Mouse Guard lore 8 Dec. 2013
By Richard Staats - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The premise of the story is that an innkeeper is trying to get some value out of the folks that have dodged their tabs to her for over a season.

This book is good, but it is not what I expected. That might be my own fault. I just saw that a new Mouse Guard book by Petersen was coming out, and I did not pore over the description to find the details that might have revealed ... David Petersen only does the first and last sets of panels in the books. The remainder of the book is done by other artists who have produced Mouse Guard items.

So, each of the "stories" in the book is one of the products by the other authors.

The quality varies significantly. While all are fine, only two rise to the professional level that Petersen has set.

I don't want to spoil this for those of you who will read the book, but the story of the mouse versus the cat with the most powerful weapon is my favorite. You'll see. It is quite clever and much in line with the style and feel of past Mouse Guard books.

It is worth the price, but just realize what you are getting.

In service,

Rich
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Canterbury Tails 6 Jan. 2014
By Alt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a rodent version of the Canterbury Tails as medieval mice tell stories to an innkeeper in the hope of having their bar tabs forgiven. Each story has a different writer and artist, which is sort of disappointing since none of the art, however engaging it might be, captures the true essence of mouse, as does David Petersen's. Fortunately, Petersen's mice inhabit the interstices between stories.

The collection of graphic artists who contributed to the anthology is nonetheless impressive. It's interesting to see the different artistic interpretations of Petersen's mice, ranging from cartoony to abstract to something that looks like watercolor painting to a couple versions that are quite similar to Petersen's. I liked nearly all of them. If you are an admirer of mouse art, you'll enjoy this anthology.

If, on the other hand, you are a fan of the original and you want more Mouse Guard, you have to settle for the panels that fall between the individual stories. Fortunately, there are a fair number of those, and the last several pages give the reader a detailed look at the June Alley Inn and its patrons.

The original Mouse Guard stories are written with depth and poignancy. Most of these stories are too insubstantial (owing in part to their brevity) to match that standard, although a couple of the longer ones are engaging. The bottom line is that this is a nice collection of varying artistic styles, but the stories collected here lack the appeal -- at least to me -- of the original Mouse Guard.
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Inconsistent guest authors – Not on par with the main Mouse Guard storyline 17 Dec. 2014
By Drome - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Both volumes of Legends of the Guard suffer from the same problem: the stories from a bunch of guest authors and artists have a wild amount of variety, which means that sometimes they're amazing and sometimes they are extremely painful to get through. I love the main Mouse Guard series, and find that it's complete escapism to read a volume cover to cover. Legends of the Guard (both volumes) is understandably choppy, has no flow to it, and the brief interludes by David Peterson in between the guest stories come across as equally awkward filler, trying to connect stories that are only connected because they take place in the same general world (but often during very different periods of time and with very different characters). It's a chore to read this volume.
An excellent anthology of Mouse Guard themed stories 16 Jun. 2014
By K. Eckert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is the second book in the Legends of the Guard series by David Petersen. This book continues in the tradition of the first book. The book is full of a variety of short stories in graphic novel format, the majority of them feature adventures of David Petersen’s Mouse Guard.

Mice have gathered at the June Alley Inn for another chance at clearing their debt with the Inn by winning a contest to tell the best story possible. Storytellers feature a wide range of authors/artists such as Charles Paul Wilson III (from The Stuff of Legend), Bill Willingham (from Fables), and Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo). As with all of these anthologies the stories are hit and miss. However there are a lot more hits than misses in this collection.

I loved the art of the story “Leviathan” about a mouse who ends up on a journey in the sea. I also adored the art of the picture only story “Love at Sea” which tells the tale of a mer-mouse and a sailor. “The Mouse Generals” also had spectacular artwork paired with an intriguing story. “When Moles are Around” was a somewhat humorous tale about a mouse who befriends a mole. “The Veteran” was also very funny and my whole family laughed out loud at this ironic tale.

My favorite of the whole bunch was “The Thief, the Star-Gazer, the Hunter, and the Trailer”; I loved the fairy tale feel to this story and the illustration was stunning. I also loved how the issue of the princess marrying was resolved in such a peaceful way.

In between each story there are interludes by David Petersen in which the preceding story is discussed briefly and then the next mouse prepares to tell the next story. At the end (just like in the first book) June announces the winner (and one who will have debt forgiven).

The epilogue contains a bonus story along with detailed drawings of the Inn’s patrons and buildings. There is also a very nice section that goes through all of the authors/illustrators and gives a brief background for each; I always enjoy reading about the authors/illustrators and what other projects they have worked on.

My whole family read this book together. My seven year old son is a huge fan of the Mouse Guard series (as am I). I get these books for him as gifts and then we read them together.

Overall this was another excellent collection of Mouse Guard stories by various authors. There is a vast variety of styles and stories throughout. All of them touch on the themes important to the Mouse Guard; honor, adventure, family, and love. Highly recommended to fans of fantasy graphic novels. Great for all ages.
An art and story jam that works very well within the created world 29 Mar. 2014
By W. McCoy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard, Volume 2, is a great concept that works beautifully. Guest writers and artists were invited to tell tales within the world of Mouseguard. Instead of having stories and art that would seem strange in the context of the story arc, an unusual framing story is set up.

It seems that many of the mouseguard have been accruing debt in June Alley Inn, so an interesting story contest is proposed. The winner who tells the best tale will have their debt forgiven. This launches into a series of stories told by guest writers and artists. The art varies, but the stories all seem to fit within the world of Mouseguard and it's medieval world of mice, foxes and badgers. There are stories of bravery and fairytales, and even one song.

It's a delightful package and one of the better story collaborations I've ever seen. The art and stories are all top notch. Contributors include Stan Sakai and Bill Willingham among a whole host of others. Very recommended.

I was given a review copy of this graphic novel by Diamond Book Distributors and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this beautiful graphic novel.
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