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The Eisner Award-winning Mouse Guard returns with The Black Axe, a third volume to be told in six bi-monthly issues. Set in 1115, this prequel to Mouse Guard: Fall 1152 fulfills the promise the wise oldfur Celanawe made to Lieam the day his paw first touched the Black Axe: to tell the young warrior about the mouse who first wielded the deadly weapon. The arrival of distant kin takes Celanawe on an adventure that will carry him across the sea to uncharted waters and lands, all while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic Black Axe.

By David Petersen

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  1. Why is no one pulling this?  I think the creator has finally returned!

  2. @ Urthona   My guess is trade waiting. Those hardcovers are gorgeous.  I’m a double dipper myself. BLACK AXE!

  3. @Urthona  I wanted to hop onto this series and tried the last mini to do that.  I think it was a group of different writers and artists.  Unfortunately, it turned me off of the series.  If I were to go back and pick up something, what would you recommend?

  4. This was hands down the best mouseguard issue I ever read!

  5. @Urthona  I got tired of the issue delays w/ Legends mini so I am getting Mouseguard HCs instead.


  6. Misterckent – I didn’t even think about getting the Legends stuff.  For me, this book is all about David Peterson and his gorgeous artwork — and the romantic and fascinating world he has created.  Just looking at the pinups from other artists that have often peppered the book made the Peterson or nothing argument easy for me.  It’s like Calvin & Hobbes, who wants those characters told by anyone other than the creator.  SO…just pick up any old Mouse Guard with Peterson’s name on it (and no one else!).  There have only been 2 6-issue miniseries, so its not like you’re faced with a lot of choices.  I’d start at the beginning (Fall) but its not essential.

    Matthew – heavy delays have plagued this book since its inception.  I don’t expect Black Axe to be any different.  

    Final comment: There was one shot of the crow that was so simple and so beautiful…so regal, in issue #1.  I agree with PeterParker that this was one of the best issues ever, it was clear and non-confusing.

  7. Just beautiful.

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