Topic: Comic Books - New
TODAY'S FEATURE - Blog #3337:
(Vinnie) This is my first guest blog of the year 2011, and today I will be reviewing Mouse Guard: The Black Axe.
This was sent in for possible review by Archaia, and since I enjoyed the other Mouse Guard publication that I read and blogged about, which can be found here, I decided that I would also read and blog about this one. In addition, I do want to point out that this comics publication is issue # 1 of 6 in a series.
(And on a side note, I can't wait to see how much this new blog layout differs from the older blogs from last year!)
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 the while unraveling the legend of Farrer, the blacksmith who forged the mythic Black Axe.
Mouse Guard: The Black Axe was just as expected from the previous Mouse Guard publication I have read - fantastic! I found the art to be sophisticated, yet 'cartoony'. I would almost call it dignified. The art had a nice approach, as it wasn't too realistic, nor too unbelievable. The font used in the story was calligriphic-looking, which definitely ties the art and story together. The story was thrilling, as the events slowly built the story and the suspense. Then, the climax of this story happened, and left you with some questions, which will most likely be answered in the next issue. This definitely keeps me, and the other readers I'm sure, waiting painfully for the next issue to come out to read it.
I will say that I am very impressed with this comic publication. It was amazing, as expected, and there was not much for me to dislike. To be honest, I even went through again to see if there was anything, like a spelling mistake or otherwise, that I could write about, but nothing. Just truly amazing!
Because I enjoyed this book, Mouse Guard: The Black Axe, so much, I think anyone would know that I would give this a high grade. So, to end this blog off, I give Mouse Guard The Black Axe #1, a Near Mint (NM), 9.4 out of a 10.0 grade scale.
(From Michael:) Note to those reading this blog post: Mouse Guard - The Black Axe #1 of 6, went on sale: December 15th... 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 Facebook Fan Page for Archaia Entertainment, to keep up with what this publisher is presenting next.
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 ht 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: 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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