Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3429:
(Vinnie) Today, I am here to review the second installment of the series, 'Mouse Guard: The Black Axe.'
If you don't remember the general idea of this series from my previous Mouse Guard blog post, (found here in blog #3337), then you may not know that it is about action and adenture.
To be more specific, it is about mice from a council of guards to protect others from evil-doers and explore. Anyways, this comic book was sent in by Archaia Entertainment, and the story and art done by David Petersen.
The following contains the promotional information provided by the publisher:
The new volume of the Eisner Award-winning 'Mouse Guard' series continues! Celanawe, honor bound by his loyalty to his Guard Matriarch, accompanies Em, his only living relative, to Port Sumac. There they find a mouse just brave or crazy enough to take them across the sea and beyond the record of any map. This long sea voyage gives Em the time to explain to Celanawe about her instance for journey and how their fates will forever be tied to the Black Axe.
Now, I will start off with what I felt about the storyline, followed by the art.
The story seemed to start off where the last issue ended, if I remember correctly. There was no missing information needed in between the two that I could recognize. It all flowed well and made a great story. It also left off at a very dramatic point, leaving for much suspense and a place to work with in the next issue.
The art was in the same beautiful style of the older Mouse Guard issues, which I enjoy greatly. It still had the 'rough' and 'smooth' looking textures in the art, which gave it a realistic, yet fictional feel. Although the town was somewhat ill-lighted, things of naturally bright colors were very vibrant. My only problem with the art is the font of the narration. Although it ties well to the theme of the story, it soon becomes harder to read.
At the end, there was a 'pin-up' poster of two main characters featured in this story, drawn by Sean Rubin. I must say, it was very nice work!
Overall, I was quite delighted with this marvelous publication. As I am greatly content, I give 'Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #2 (of 6) a Near Mint Minus (NM-), a 9.2 out of a 10.0 scale.
I had to ding the publication for the hard to read font. I hope that the creator may find another font that has the same effect of nicely bringing the story together, but is easily legible. I thank you all for reading my blog post!
Note from Michael: Mouse Guard - The Black Axe #2 of 6, went on sale: May 4th... Check it out TODAY at YOUR LCBS to pick a copy up!
Retail Price $3.50 Page count: 24 pages
Format: saddle bound, 8" x 8", full color
Here is the link to Archaia so that YOU can purchase either the single volumes or the collected work when published, if YOUR LCBS doesn't have it in stock.
Here is the Facebook Fan Page for Archaia Entertainment, to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.
Additional Note: Vinnie makes it to as many comic cons with me as he can. He collects the 'Amazing Spider-Man' comic book series, but is open to read other titles from publishers that print titles that are age appropriate for him. He also has been attending 'behind the scenes' events, such as the one he blogged about here:
Vinnie's Special 'Look at The Captain Rochester Party for the Artists' at the recent 2010 Comic-Con International: San Diego! He really had fun meeting and having dinner with Sergio Aragones, Bob Burden, Scott Shaw! and others there at this exclusive after hours Comic-Con Party in San Diego!
Also...If YOU liked Vinnie's guest review blog today, you may also enjoy reading Vinnie's other reviews on: Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #1 of 3, Space Punks #2, Jim Henson's Fraggle Rock Vol 2 #2 of 3, Kleeman and Mike #1, Mortifera #3, Classics Illustrated #142 Abraham Lincoln - 8th Edition, 2011 FCBD Edition - Mouse Guard / Dark Crystal Flip Book, Fraggle Rock Volume 2 #3 of 3, Bear and Fox #2, Space Punks #1, The Daughters of Merlin #1, Sea Ghost #1, Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard #4 (of 4), Clutch Cargo DVD, 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, The Possum #1 comic book, Vinnie's Take on Berona's War: Field Guide, just to name a recent few!
Thanks, Vinnie, for guest blogging here today!
~Michael D Hamersky
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