Friday, November 24, 2017
In case it's unfamiliar, Mouse Guard is a series of comics by David Petersen. Described by the author himself as "mice with swords," the setting is very medieval and european in flavor. Akin to novels like A Secret of NIMH, Watership Down and the Redwall series, the world is grounded in our own except that some of the animals exhibit characteristics and a level of intelligence typically associated with humans. Normally, I'm not a big fan of stories about anthropomorphized animals, but Mouse Guard is an exception in that it takes the ordinary and turns it into the fantastical simply by changing the perspective from from a human one to that of a society of fully sentient mice. The backdrop is essentially a bunch of independently governed mouse settlements that have entered into a compact by forming an chivalric order known as the "Guard" that is charged with protecting the "Territories" (as they are collectively called) from potential threats. Keep in mind that mice are at the bottom rung of the animal hierarchy. Pretty much any creature in nature that isn't a herbivore sees mice as a potential repast.