Story & Art by David Petersen, Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, & Hannah Christenson
Published by Archaia
Release Date: 03/11/2015
Solicit: Following two award-nominated volumes, once again, mice of all furs and trades have gathered at the June Alley Inn to swap tales of courage, adventure, and craftsmanship. The storytellers can’t help but try to outdo one another, as the mouse who tells the best tale gets their bar tab cleared. This issue features stories by Skottie Young, Mark Buckingham, and Hannah Christenson (Jim Henson’s The Storyteller: The Novelization).
- It’s the 10th anniversary of The Mouse Guard series. To celebrate BOOM! is releasing the 3rd volume of the Mouse Guard mini-series, “Legend of the Guard” through Archaia.
- David Petersen, the creator of Mouse Guard, has invited many talented artists and writers to help with this wonderful 4 part mini-series. This issue includes 3 featured stories:
1. The Gosling and the Ghost by Mark Buckingham with colours by Lee Loughridge
2. The Mouse and the Moon by Skottie Young
3. The Armor Maker by Hannah Christenson
- This issue is a great starting place for newer fans.
-The art and stories instantly transport you into the world of June Alley Inn. All three Mouse Guard stories weave together to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting and you quickly get to know the mice by their narratives and by their reactions to the other mice tales.
- Using the talents of different artists to render each story is ingenious as it imbues each mouse tale with its own style and flair.
- Although the feature stories are created by other artists you still get to experience David Petersen’s style as he brings everything together with the scenes that take place in the June Alley Inn.
- The Gosling and the Ghost, by Buckingham has lovely art that is beautifully coloured with warm tones by Loughridge.
- The Mouse and the Moon, by Young is a heartwarming story of imagination that focuses on the interactions between a father and son. Young’s art style and use of colours are well-known and enjoyable in this short story.
- The Armor maker, by Christenson, has absolutely stunning visuals and the use of non-traditional paneling for some the day-dream sequences are beautiful.
- If you are looking for an action packed storyline, this comic may not be for you. It focuses on the interactions of the mice as they regale each other with tall tales that they hope will so enrapture the Innkeeper that she will forgive their debts.
- Although I really enjoyed the Armor Maker, it seemed to bring an abrupt ending to the whole issue.
- Despite it’s fun nature and lovely artwork, I felt that the Ghosling and the Ghost was the weakest of the three stories.
- This is a wonderful comic and I enjoyed its laid back nature and interesting storytelling.
- It is difficult to predict what the next issue will look as it will incorporate the talents of 3 different writers and artists. However, the bar has been set high with this issue and I’m excited to see what the next Legend of the Guard will bring to the Inn.
REVIEW: MOUSE GUARD: LEGENDS OF THE GUARD VOL. 3 #1
All three Mouse Guard stories weave together to create an atmosphere that is warm and inviting and you quickly get to know the mice by their narratives and by their reactions to the other mice tales.
If you are looking for an action packed storyline, this comic may not be for you. It focuses on the interactions of the mice as they regale each other with tall tales that they hope will so enrapture the Innkeeper that she will forgive their debts.