Friday, October 4, 2013

Comic #5: Unwritten Volumes 1-5

Author: Mike Carey
Illustrator: Peter Gross
Info: Vertigo, copyright 2010, 144 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts):  What if Harry Potter was real and magical objects were possible?  Now mix in a pretty wicked secret society and you've got yourself an adventure.

Vol 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity - Tom Taylor discovers that the fictional epic based on his real life might not be as fictional as he once believed.

Vol 2: Inside Man - Tom arrives at Donostia prison in Southern France and falls into the orbit of another story.

Vol 3: Dead Man's Knock - Sinister forces have created a fake book in Tom's father's name designed to destroy his literary legacy -- and coax the reclusive author of hiding so they can destroy him once and for all.

Vol 4: Leviathan - After the shocking return of Tommy's father, the mysterious Cabal audition a new assassin and Tom seeks out "the source."  The source of what?  He's not really sure, but it looks like a whale, and apparently it can be found in the Nantucket farmhouse where Moby-Dick was written.

Vol 5: On to Genesis - Tom Taylor begins a journey to uncover the truth behind how he came into this world.  Was he born of flesh and blood, or written into existence by sheer storytelling magic?

~Goodreads Descriptions~

Loving this!  I couldn't stop at just one!  Perhaps because it's book related...perhaps because the main character can jump into stories using a magical doorknob...perhaps because it's well-written and the artwork is interesting...perhaps because of all that mixed in together.  A character that looks a lot like Harry Potter finds himself in a conspiracy of epic proportions.  A secret society has been controlling the written word for years, unfortunately for them, Wilson Taylor decide to go his own way.  Now his son, Tom Taylor, is discovering just how real the written word can be.  The message throughout each adventure is the power of words.  Words can sway ideas, fight wars, express emotions, flourish imaginations, and lead us to truths. Pretty darn cool.  I can't wait to see where this one leads.

Next Up: Jack of Fables Vol. 1 (The Nearly Great Escape) by Bill Willingham

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