It's time again for a foray into David Petersen's critically acclaimed "Mouse Guard" universe, but this installment promises to be very different from journeys past. Announced today at the Diamond Retailer Conference held in Baltimore, "Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard" is a four-issue anthology mini-series coming from Archaia in which creators handpicked by Petersen are given a chance to explore the world of "Mouse Guard."
"It's the idea of hand picking some creators that I think artistically and story sensibility-wise are the right people to play in the 'Mouse Guard' Universe," Petersen told CBR News. "A couple of them were Jeremy Bastian and Mark Smylie who both had pinups in the first 'Fall' series. I'm fans of both of their work and as soon as they turned in their pinups, I said, 'Man, I would give these guys carte blanche to do whatever they want in the Mouse Guard world.' That's kind of how it got going."
In addition to Nate Pride ("Mage The Awakening"), Petersen and Archaia plan to have a few other creators onboard for the project. "I've been talking to some other creators that we can't announce yet," he says, "but it's amazing how many people say they want to do it and how much fun it's going to be. I think it's going to be a good time. I'm going to be doing covers and I'm also going to be some story pages in between the creators' stories so that it all ties together."
While the project is set to tentatively debut in the spring of 2010, it is unknown exactly how deeply involved Petersen will be in the project. "Part of the idea here is that it's going to free me up to work on 'Black Axe' [the upcoming third volume of 'Mouse Guard']" said Petersen. "I'm going to do the main 'Mouse Guard' series and this thing can still happen without taking up too much of my time, but obviously I'm going to be overseeing in some capacity, whether I'm micromanaging each creator's story or I'm overseeing their work, but that's still to be determined."