Saturday 20 July 2013

#CBR5 Books 84-85. "The Unwritten vol 6 and 7" by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

Total page count: 384 pages

Rating: Vol 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words - 4 stars
Vol 7: The Wound - 4.5 stars

This review covers volume 6 and 7 of The Unwritten, which collects issues 31-41 of the comic book. If you haven't read any of the previous volumes, this is really not the place to start, although you should totally read it, because it's awesome. This review will probably unavoidably contain spoilers for earlier volumes, so if you want to avoid them, skip this review for now.

In Tommy Taylor and the War of Words, things are coming to a head between Tommy and the mysterious Cabal that's been hounding him him and killing pretty much everyone he loves. Lizzie and Richie are still by his side, but they are worried that Tommy is using too much of his newly discovered powers without proper control. In alternating chapters, we see Tom taking the battle to them, ignoring the warnings of his closest friends, and we learn more about the Cabal and the sinister and deadly Mr. Pullman, and his true agenda. Tommy's battle is fraught with danger, and not without personal cost.

In The Wound, a year has passed since the dramatic events in Oxford at the end of the last volume, which finished off several of the story lines set up over the first 30 issues of the comic, and much of this volume centres around a new character, Australian police detective Didge Patterson. She's investigating a series of mysterious disappearances, believed to be linked to the rapidly growing cult The Church of Tommy. Tommy himself is on his way to Australia, as part of his world-wide lecture tour. Meanwhile, Richie has become world famous in his own right, having written a best-selling book. He's parted ways with Tommy and is trying to track down and get some answers from the ancient puppet mistress Frau Rasch.

The Unwritten is a difficult series to describe, and I don't entirely feel up to the task of explaining just how wonderful and interesting and special reading experience it is. Mike Carey writes about the nature of storytelling, and identity, and how stories shape the world and the things we believe in. Peter Gross' art is also a thing of beauty, and he manages to illustrate the issues in so many different styles, depending on what the story demands. If you love novels, and stories, and the art of storytelling, you should really do yourself a favour and check this series out. You should, however, start with volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity.

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