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The Unwritten Vol. 4: Leviathan Paperback – October 25, 2011
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The most famous whale in literature is, of course, Moby-Dick, and our story opens with protagonists Tom, Lizzie, and Savoy arrive in Herman Melville's American hometown to look for the latest piece of information that Tom needs on his quest. This is merely a jumping-off point to bring together a panoply of whale-related stories from the fictions of the world. And, to further cement "The Unwritten"'s place as one of the most literate comics published since "The Sandman", this story culminates by bringing in a particular non-fiction text as a central element (the title of this trade paperback would be a giveaway to those aware of it). There are some changes with the characters as well, particularly a notable development for Tom and Lizzie, and a rather stark change of status quo for Savoy.
The volume closes with another of the series' signature one-shots, revisiting Paulie Bruckner, the star of the acclaimed issue #12. This cynical, dark twist on the world of anthropomorphized talking animals is another highlight for the series, and looks likely to contribute another wildcard to the series ongoing plot.
According to the map, the Arrowhead Farm is "the source", whatever that means. But Tommy won't move on until he finds it. Searching for a place to stay, Tommy chooses The Spouter Inn, as it has the same name as the inn Ishmael stayed at in Chapter Three of Moby Dick. Meanwhile Mr. Pullman is recruiting the services of an old dollmaker, and tempting her to shed her neutrality by offering her the chance to get the Maanim.
Lizzie remembers something Wilson once said to her about symbols, as she and Tommy sit in his room. Lizzie doesn't want to be alone, so Tommy tells her to read the book to him, but one thing leads to another... Meanwhile, Savoy's got his own issues, and things are getting strange. Or stranger, depending on one's perspective.
While Lizzie's in the shower, Tommy glimpses a great white whale from the window of the inn. He leaves Lizzie a terse note and off he goes after it. Lizzie grabs Savoy and chases after him, but they're just a little too late, and Tommy finds himself aboard the Pequod, facing its too familiar and obsessive master. The Toymaker is alerted to the presence of the trio in Pittsfield, and Savoy tells Lizzie about the new development in his situation, as well as his theory as to how the heck this happened
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Meanwhile, Savoy is realizing just how potent Count Ambrosio's bite might have been, and a Puppeteer gives Savoy and Lizzie Hexam a glimpse of their future.
And in another world, an endless staircase and an endless quest, leading ever upward towards the top of the stairs, is disrupted by the sudden arrival of a certain rabbit who will stand for nothing but his own gain and survival.
This volume is probably the best out of the first four volumes of the Unwritten. It has everything from great character interactions, an exciting plot, and tons of humor, both from the story itself and all the meta-humor. Pick it up as soon as you can.
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I really like this series but sometimes its too cerebral. Usually there's a good mix of high concept ideas with action and adventure. Read morePublished 8 months ago by S. Penrose
Love this series, and it continues to be great. If you like the Previous books you'll like this on as well.Published 21 months ago by Leland Salazar
Well worth reading if you like comics in the literary fantasy school (think Fables, League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and Sandman for the genre). Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by Seangreyson
I loved where the story went in this volume. It was definitely compressed in time compared to some of the earlier volumes which take place over many days. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by Melanie Ivanoff