The second volume of Legends of the Guard contains thirteen stories that showcase the writing and illustration styles of the contributors. Once again the patrons of the June Alley Inn have gathered to tell tales that they hope will clear their outstanding debt for room and board. As each mouse has a turn to share a tale never before heard, their listeners (and we as readers), have the chance to enjoy the adventure, danger, romance, and heroism they describe. Although we may disagree with June about which tale is the winner, she is right to declare them all entertaining.
The notes about the creators are just as entertaining and enjoyable as the stories themselves. It is fascinating to hear what other projects they have done, where they got their start in the business, and what they are working on now. Just reading through their creative credits and seeing titles like Labyrinth,Iron Man, Spider-Man, and The Avengers gives you the sense of being near greatness. The anthology style of this collection also lets readers get a taste of writers and illustrators they have not encountered before and perhaps find some new favorites.
I would recommend this to Mouse Guard fans, readers of graphic novels and manga, or those who enjoy stories that feature animals like the Warriors or Seekers series, or The Tale of Despereaux. Check out the website for the series to find out more about the world of Mouse Guard.
I read an e-book provided by the publisher through NetGalley. It will be published on December 31, 2013.