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A taut thriller that slyly plays off the real-world mania for imaginary ones like that of Harry Potter, Carey's new series undercuts the mythology of such all-pervasive media-hyped creations while at the same time hinting at a brilliantly imagined one of its own. Tom Taylor is the son of Wilson Taylor and the unwilling namesake of the protagonist in his dad's wildly popular 13-book fantasy series. The Tommy Taylor cottage industry of movies, video games, and geek-ridden conventions is given an extra dash of drama by Wilson's having mysteriously disappeared years before, leaving a cynical Tom (who inherited none of his millions) to eke out a grubby living at paid appearances. Carey's story (solidly illustrated by Gross) picks up speed fast when Tom realizes some elements of Wilson's stories might not be made up. By the time the first story is done, Carey has not only created a brisk and addictive story, sketched with crafty allusions to classic literature, but also neatly subverted the celebrity-worship manias of fantasy fandom and questioned the very nature of storytelling itself. (Jan.)
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Tom Taylor makes a respectable celebrity living as the presumed former model for the boy hero of his father Wilson’s 13 fantasy novels, which enjoy a Harry Potterish fandom. He’d as soon not be so identified with the character, though, especially when fans insist he must still possess his fictional doppelgänger’s magic. When it’s announced that he isn’t Wilson Taylor’s biological child, after all, any relief he might get is complicated by having to dodge lynch mobs of former worshipers. Then, when he survives, unscathed, a would-be murder-by-bomb, the tables of his public identity resume their original setting. So he absconds to the Villa Diodati in Switzerland, where Mary Shelley dreamed up Frankenstein and he lived until his father’s disappearance when Tom was 12. Thereafter, things get very interesting, indeed. Appending an explanatory flashback featuring Rudyard Kipling, scripter Carey and artist Gross confidently launch The Unwritten with a first arc that boasts the most breathtaking gut-punch ending since that of The Fugue (2008), the dumbfounding first arc of Michael Alan Nelson’s unpredictable Fall of Cthulhu. --Ray Olson
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Product Details

  • Series: Unwritten (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Vertigo; unknown edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401225659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401225650
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.3 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #173,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Sean Curley on January 14, 2010
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Mike Carey is one of the many British comic writers to make his name at DC's Vertigo imprint. Carey began his North American writing career with his famous "Lucifer" series (a spinoff of Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman"), as well as a run on the longrunning "John Constantine, Hellblazer". Subsequently he's spent some time at Marvel Comics, most prominently with a lengthy period on "X-Men", which has met with quite a bit of fan acclaim. Now he returns to Vertigo with his next big indie project, "The Unwritten", which revisits a passel of familiar Vertigo themes and should prove very popular among literary enthusiasts. This trade paperback collections issue 1-5 of the series. Some spoilers follow.

Our protagonist is Tom Taylor, the now-adult son of the famous author Wilson Taylor; much like A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, Wilson integrated his son into his writing, making him the hero of a thirteen-volume fantasy series that (the series helpfully tells us) is popular enough to make Harry Potter look like, ah, I guess the hero of "Eragon" by comparison. The now-adult Tom makes a living at fan conventions and the like, while his father vanished without a trace years before. At least, that's what Tom believes. But after an encounter with a mysterious woman inquiring into his past, the question of exactly what Tom is comes to the fore. This kicks off a strange and as-yet-largely-unexplained journey into conspiracy and metafiction.

In comparison to past Vertigo series, one can very easily see many similarities with "The Sandman", which was also very much concerned with the nature of story and the interactions between fiction and reality.
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I'm probably grading this slightly on the curve because it gets so much better as it goes along. And, as they say, the plot thickens. The first few issues introduce us to Tommy Taylor and his sad little life. As a child he was the model for a series of kid's novels about Tommy Taylor, boy wizard, who was aided by two friends who bear a sharp resemblance to Ron and Hermione and a flying cat. There is even a Voldemort equivalent, the evil vampire Count Ambrosio. At first, you think that the Harry Potter resemblance is pretty much all there is going to be to the book, but the plot, as they say, quickly thickens. The heart of the story is not wizards and vampires, but the act of writing and the role of stories in our lives. As of the most recent issue (I write this shortly after having read Issue No. 9) it isn't clear what all the threads are leading to, but we know that there is a centuries old conspiracy connected to great writing. The key will certainly turn out to be Tommy's map of places where great fictional events took place, but the identity of the mysterious organization behind it has yet to be revealed or all of their purposes determined.

This marvelous series is still in its early stages and is going to be with us for a while. If you haven't started reading this, you need to. It is going to be another great series in the best Vertigo tradition.
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I'm absolutely new to comic books. I'm much more of a canon-lit lover. However, I've been seeking out graphic novels lately for my students (I'm an upper elementary special ed teacher, always on the lookout for anything that will get my kiddos interested in books, reading, and writing...

This is actually the first comic book (excuse me if I'm using the wrong lingo) that specifically called to me. I can't put my finger on why, and even now, just flipping through, I can't figure out what attracted me to it. Maybe the title? Something 'unwritten?' Does that mean it has not yet been written? Or words are being undone? It intrigued me.

Now that I've read it, I'm hooked. I love the way the author has brought in literature, the authors that we've all had to read for school. I love the literary GPS stuff. I love the historical background. All of it makes for very good reading, and I'm very impressed.

I've just gotten Volume 2. And I can't wait to read it!
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Mike Carey became a favorite author of mine with his work on Lucifer, and it's good to see him bringing that same talent level to another series.

The Unwritten is a sort of hybrid of Alan Moore's League of extraordinary Gentlemen and Gaiman's Sandman. The Unwritten focuses on how stories affect how we interpret the world around us and the sweeping changes they can lead to. And it features a tone of nods to famous works, like Harry Potter and Catch-22.

The artwork is especially good, with a few special panels that mimic internet news sites perfectly.

The only issue I had with this book is that it was mostly set-up to a plot that has yet to fully kick-off. I want to wait until I finish the next volume before declaring this one of the best things I've ever read.
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If you aren't someone that generally purchases comics, or graphic novels because you feel as if instead of a solid story you're mostly just looking at graphic panels from page to page, I would recommend giving this volume a try.

There is a story here, it's unique and if you're someone who loves to read the literary inferences will please you (and not just Harry Potter, there are many many more). The summation of the plot above and by other reviewers is a good indication as to where this goes; Tom Taylor, the son of an infamous author whose insanely popular boy wizard has taken the world by storm gets thrust into the thick of an otherworldly mystery involving secret details hidden in works of literature, a mysterious map, a sect of very dangerous people who will do anything to keep this mystery and fictional characters breathing and being in the actual physical world. Sound interesting and exciting? I thought so and I was pleased with the overall presentation. The book itself is a solid introduction, not many extras to speak of, but a great way to jump into the story line and a firm grasp for what's ahead.

This premise is really quite clever and I think this would make a fine film, if not a franchise. The art is fine and while some remark it is text heavy, I think this story is not your typical panel action type of comic and you can expect it to remain text heavy through out further volumes.

Give this a try, you might find you enjoy comics/graphic novels. Now with them being available for the color tablets, it's even easier to collect them.

I recommend these as well:

American Vampire Volume 1
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