Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3276:
During the Week of October 18th through the 22nd, I blogged about several publications that had previously come in from Archaia for possible review. (As seen in this link.)
I was on such a roll bloging about those publications, I ended up calling it 'Archaia Week at ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com'!
Well, another package came in over the weekend, while my youngest son was visiting with us, and he helped me sort through the box. He wasn't familiar with 'Mouse Guard', and it was age appropriate, (he's a tween), so I suggested that he read it, and if he liked it, to guest blog about it here. The following is the result of his reading.
Which is pretty timely, because the publication will be at YOUR Local Comic Book Shop as of Wednesday, November 10th!
This blog review is "my take" on Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 of the four issue limited series.
On Saturday, while at my dad's house, he had gotten a shipment of books for possible review, from Archaia. I decided to read this book, and write a review, when I saw the details laid out in the promo material by Archaia about this book. Those details are the following.
"Located in the western mouse city of Barkstone, The June Alley Inn is hosting a rousing storytelling competition, and the winner's bar tab will be paid in full! LEGENDS OF THE GUARD is a limited anthology series with artists and storytellers handpicked by creator David Petersen. Featured in this final issue are tales by Karl Kerschl (TEEN TITANS: YEAR ONE), Craig Rousseau (IMPULSE) and Mark Smylie (ARTESIA)."
Retail Price: $3.50 Page Count: 32 pages
Format: saddle bound, 8" x 8", full color
All Ages Available Nov. 10 in comic book shops
Now for 'My Take' on this anthology comic book.
The Front Cover, (by David Petersen), has an illustration depicting a crew of sailors finding their way home. They were following the direction of the beak of a heron that they saw in a constellation after they had been sailing, and out of nowhere, there was a rough storm. Interestingly, the front cover makes a "cameo" appearance in the additional pages. When you buy this comic, be sure to look for it!
The Inside Front Cover has a "Table of Contents" sort of layout, saying who each story was by, in both story and illustrations. Below that is a "On the Cover" section, describing what the front cover is depicting. I am glad they put that, as I wasn't too clear on what the cover was trying to tell me.
First Story - "The Lion and the Mouse" - Art and Story by Craig Rousseau. This story was a retelling of an older story (I believe) - with a twist. The art and story were both fantastic, and I loved the slight differences added, for it was like a whole new story. It all flowed so well, and overall, I really liked it.
Second Story - "Bowen's Tale" - Art and Story by Karl Kerschl. This story didn't have any text except for some sound effects. It didn't make much sense to me because of this. However even though I didn't enjoy the 'story', I enjoyed the art. I just wished it would have been told in a way for me to understand the story.
Third Story - "Crown of Silver, Crown of Gold" - Art and Story by Mark Smylie. This story was the longest, and In My Opinion, second most interesting story, right behind "The Lion and the Mouse". It told a story of bravery, madness, and love. The art would be take 'first place' between the three stories printed in this issue, for I just love this style.
The Inside Back Cover is just promoting the hardcover edition, which contains all four issues, and the works of the many artists and writers and other creators involved with this series.
The Back Cover is a continuation of the Front Cover's illustration. No other pictures, or text.
Overall, I would give this comic book, "Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4" a comic book grade of Near Mint Minus (NM-), a 9.2 on a 10.0 grading scale.
Thanks Vinnie for guest blogging here today, and giving us your thoughts on this final issue in the series from a tween's POV!
BTW, If you liked Vinnie's 'Take' on this publication, he's also review blogged several other publications so far this year.
Including the graphic novel as shown to the left. Here's his review blog on this publication: Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide. After reading that and thinking that this is something YOU would like to read or give as a gift, here's a link to where you can purchase it online! Berona's War: Field Guide!
Also...If YOU liked his review today, you may enjoy reading Vinnie's reviews on: Clutch Cargo, The All New Super Friends Hour Season 1 DVD, The Ultimate Underdog Collection Volume 1, Planet Hulk, Coraline, Ponyo, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Sonic the Hedgehog TPB Vol 1, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, just to name a recent few!
Plus his 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting having dinner with Sergio Aragones and others there!
My thanks again to all of YOU reading this blog and our archived blog posts, now over the 3,275 total posts in number! I do appreciate your continued reading and support of this Blog!~ Michael D Hamersky @ ComicBookCollectorsBlog.com
Note: Our online comic book shop carries many different genres of comics, magazines, graphic novels, and comic con promotional items at the link seen below.