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Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Titan Books: Mouse Guard The Black Axe vol.3

Mouse Guard - The Black Axe
David Petersen
Full colour
Dimensions: 209.5 x 209.5mm
ISBN: 9780857681430
Publication date: 13 December 2013


This prequel, set in 1115, fulfills the promise the wise oldfur Celanawe made to tell Lieam of the day his paw first touched the Black Axe. 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 axe.

This is the first Mouse Guard book I have seen and its volume 3 –collecting together the series from Archaia Comics.

It is beautifully illustrated and written and I almost thought “a family read” BUT it is very “Red in tooth and claw” –in other words you get to see animals killing and being killed –the perpetual cycle of life in the wild, if given a different slant in this book. Wind In The Willows meets Lords Of The rings is my sad attempt to describe it.

The art really is magnificent. Look at what I’ve been missing!

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