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Unwritten Vol. 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity Paperback – January 12, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
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.
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 ...Read more ›
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I lied it at the beginning but then it lost me when it got into all the historic places and all that.Published 3 months ago by Auggie
Read this for a lit class in college. It was really good for a graphic novel. I am not usually into these types of books, but I was able to get into this one.Published 3 months ago by Hannah
Completely unique and beautifully written with fantastic art. I love Mike Carey's novels, but I was nonetheless surprised at how very much I liked this. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Marilyn Armstrong
This is a review that I have duplicated to both Volumes 1 and 2 of THE UNWRITTEN since I read them concurrently. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Garrett Zecker
The story starts out awkwardly, looking like yet another Harry Potter knockoff, but then things get weird fast and become a fascinating exploration of the power of myth and story... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nik Gervae
I had to read this book for class, and I hated it. It's a graphic novel, and the pages were just too busy. My classmates loved the story, but I honestly didn't even finish it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Tessa
I couldn't possibly recommend it more, but to be completely honest I did not really like this book. At best it probably would have earned somewhere between two and three stars. Read morePublished 18 months ago by S. Robert Katz
I like the parallel with Harry Potter and I have ordered a few more of the other volumes. Very mysterious begin and it looks like there will be a lot to fill-in. Read morePublished 20 months ago by A.J. Hills