The mini will be set in a tavern in the Mouse Guard world where we will see a group of Guard Mice take turns to spin the tallest tale. Petersen will write and draw the scenes set in the tavern while the other creators will tell each "tale."
“It started with the excitement and pleasure I had when Jeremy Bastian and Mark Smylie did their pinups for Volume 1 of Mouse Guard,” explained Petersen about the genesis of Legends of the Guard. “Jeremy and Mark really got the feel of Mouse Guard, and knowing them and their storytelling work, I invited them to do a story anytime they liked. As more and more pinups came in and the series gained fans among professionals I admired, the list of people who I thought were a good fit and would be willing to do a Mouse Guard story grew. Archaia also liked the idea, so with list in hand, we started setting up the book.”
David Peterson also writes and draws an 11-page original Mouse Guard story in Archaia's Free Comic Book Day issue, the Mouse Guard/Fraggle Rock flip book which will be available for free on May 1, 2010. Petersen will launch Mouse Guard Vol. 3: The Black Axe, a six-issue series, in September.