I was lucky enough to have the chance to read an advance copy of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 3 #1 from Archaia, an imprint of award-winning publisher BOOM! Studios. For those of you who don't know, creator David Petersen has brought a number of other writers/illustrators onto his team for this volume based on the plot of the mice meeting in the tavern as they always do, to swap stories about their adventures. The incentive; the mouse with the best story has their bar tab paid in full.
Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 3 #1, features three stories entitled, The Gosling and the Ghost, by Mark Buckingham, The Mouse and the Moon, by Skottie Young, and The Armor Maker by Hannah Christenson.
Issue #1 of this volume resonates a comforting feeling and an atmosphere that comes alive in the readers mind. I felt immersed in the ambiance of June Alley Inn from the moment I started reading. Fans of the series should know that you still get to experience David Petersen's classic writing and style because he writes what happens in June Alley Inn, and the reactions of characters in between the individual stories. I found the concept of incorporating other writers/illustrators work to be very realistic, because when someone describes an experience to you it's always going to have a different feel, or in this case appearance from what you're used to. Because of this, your reading experience is very interactive and you come in and out of the tavern scenes in a very real way.
All three of the stories in the issue are well written, unique, and significant. Buckingham's is adventurous and comical, while Christenson's is brave and heartfelt. But out of all three stories, I gravitated more towards Skottie Young's The Mouse and the Moon. It's an incredibly symbolic story that appears to be simple, but the message that lies beneath the text is so strong. Besides that, Young's whimsical style of illustrating combined with a wacky mixture of colors is so appealing to me. Overall, I'm so delighted that I got a chance to read Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard Volume 3 #1, which is set to release on March 11th. I look forward to reading the next issue which will feature stories from Kyla Vanderklugt, Nicole Gustafsson, and Dustin Nguyen.
Note: Today is the last day to get your orders in! Mouse Guard Vol. 3 #1 arrives March 11th!
Christine Marie is a Staff Writer at Bleeding Cool, and bibliomaniac with a love for all things creative. She hopes to one day be a Superhero/Disney Princess/Novelist. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @AWritersWay or on her blog writerchristinemarie.wordpress.com.