Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
by David Petersen
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 dangerous territories and treacherous terrain, watch weather patterns, and keep the mouse territories free of predatory infestation. They do so with fearless dedication so that they might not just exist, but truly live. Saxon, Kenzie and Lieam, three such Guardsmice, are dispatched to find a missing merchant mouse that never arrived at his destination. Their search for the missing mouse reveals much more than they expect, as they stumble across a traitor in the Guard's own ranks.
This is one of the most beautifully illustrated graphic novels I have read in a long time. The entire book is done in color and the action sceens are intense. You are first introduced to Lieam, Kenzie, and Saxon who are part of the Mouse Guard that protects traveling mice between territories. There are many action sceens were they must battle snakes, crabs, and each other. The plot really begins when they find a traitor in their Guard and they must fight to protect the city. I was surprised to learn that this was Petersen's first graphic novel series because it not only included beautiful illustrations but a great story. You may be seeing more graphic novels as the summer goes on because I am taking a graphic novel course at UNT. I leave you with this snipet from the book.