ND Comic Review: Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales - Archaia/BOOM! Studios
Creator, Writer, & Illustrator: David Petersen
On sale: July 14, 2021
I'll put it out there, I'm late on this one. I know it, so lets get that out of the way. After taking the family to Free Comic Book Day I'd added to a growing stack of comic books. I'd picked up Mouse Guard: The Owlhen Caregiver & Other Tales while visiting Atomic Books in Baltimore a few weeks back, so I put it to the top of the stack before I read anything else that I'd purchased or picked up free. I'm so sorry I hadn't read this book sooner. I've read through it a few times now and I'll be reading the stories to my children at bedtime I love these stories so much.
This special issue of the Mouse Guard includes three stories: The Owlhen Caregiver, Piper The Listener, and The Wild Wolf. I'm not going to go through the what each story contains I want you read the story for yourself. However I will say that David Petersen's artwork is never a disappointment. Each story has its own personality in the different way that Petersen narrates through his illustrations. David Petersen is a gifted storyteller who is just as gifted with his words as he is with his illustrations. Its always very exciting to receive a new issue of his work.
The stories are all so different that is hard to pick a favorite. The second story Piper the Listener, is probably the most interesting to me as the character attempts to learn the languages of other animals. I enjoyed being in Piper's shoes as she did her studies.
I also enjoyed the Afterword, where Petersen gives some background on the collection of stories and some of their inspiration. I know I'm not the toughest reviewer, I like to share with you what I like. This time however I'm sharing with you something I love. At Baltimore Comic Con one year I was actually able to talk with David Petersen for a short time, he is a genuinely nice human being in addition to being such a gifted creator. Please pick up this issue in your local comic book store, its worth looking for.
If you are unfamiliar with David Petersen's work and/or Mouse Guard, you can go to the official site mouseguard.net to purchase books, artwork and more.