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Mouse Guard is a graphic novels series created by American author and illustrator David Petersen, and published through Archaia / BOOM!. First published in 2006, the series now comprises multiple books which have won numerous awards. The series is made distinctive by its unusual square (8" × 8") format.

Universe

Mouse Guard is set in a North American-esque universe without humans, and where animals possess complex language, and some species culture and technology — although none have advanced further than what we call the "medieval" era.

The mouse is one such species, and it builds its hidden settlements throughout the Mouse Territories, struggling to survive between the dual threats of predators and adverse weather. The selfless group known as the Mouse Guard patrols the open country between settlements, protecting the common mouse from these dangers. The Mouse Guard series follows various Guardmice, their adventures, and their sacrifices in carrying out this most important of tasks.

Reading Guide

There are three main entries in the Mouse Guard series: Fall 1152, Winter 1152 and The Black Axe. Each series comprises six, 24-page issues and is now published in a collected hardcover format including extras such as prologues, epilogues and lore guides. A fourth volume, Weasel War of 1149 is currently in production.

A spin-off series known as Legends of the Guard has also seen the release of three volumes. These shorter entries ran for four issues each, being anthologies in which other authors and illustrators are invited to create short tales of mouse folklore, with Petersen providing a narrative flow between stories.

Petersen has released several in-universe Mouse Guard short stories for Free Comic Book Day, many of which have been collected in the short anthology collection Baldwin the Brave and Other Tales.

Finally, Petersen and Luke Crane have developed a successful, table-top Role Playing Game, of which there is a revised edition and a collected box-set available.



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Creator David Petersen often streams his Mouse Guard work on Twitch? You can check out his channel here.

Upcoming release


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Weasel War of 1149 is the working title for the upcoming fourth entry in the main Mouse Guard series. Set in 1149, the book will cover the Mouse Guard's war against an invasive force of Darkheather weasels.

Mouse Guard author and illustrator David Petersen has begun working on the story, but, as of April 2020, there is no release date set for the first issue.

As of April 2020, the Weasel War of 1149 is scheduled to be divided into eight issues — the longest Mouse Guard graphic novel to date — which will be divided into two hardcover volumes.

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Gwendolyn

Gwendolyn was a female mouse and a Matriarch of the Mouse Guard from 1141 onwards.

Gwendolyn faced many challenges in her early years as Matriarch. In 1149, she led the Mouse Guard in war against an invasive force of weasels from Darkheather; and in the fall of 1152 she resisted an attempted coup d'état by Midnight, a former Guardmouse.

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