Review: Mouse Guard – The Black Axe (#5) by David Petersen
Review by Prof. Jenn

Wow, I’m an immediate fan of the Mouse Guard. Thanks so much, Archaia, for getting me addicted to even more amazing comics that I now must follow.

What makes Mouse Guard a great read in general is its adventuresome tone–it’s got all the good things about Redwall and Earthsea combined in a Lankhmar-esque action packed storyline. It’s fun and animal-centered enough that young readers will enjoy it, but it’s not written down for kids, and just emotionally moving and complex enough that adult readers can really enjoy it, talking mice notwithstanding. Brian Jacques would be proud. Actually maybe he’d be a little jealous…

And the art! The art of Mouse Guard is flat-out gorgeous, no question. David Petersen both writes and illustrates this series, which of course is one of the most impressive artistic feats I can think of. The art is epically scaled and incredibly high quality, reflecting the best of Rackham, Mayer, and Hyman.

Issue #5 of the Black Axe storyline in particular is a moving resolution of the cliffhanger ending of #4. The character work in this issue is profound. I won’t say any more, to avoid spoilers.

Bottom line: Yes. All of Mouse Guard is highly recommended, Issue #5 in particular.