Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #6 in the Unwritten series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2012
The Short Version:
Tom Taylor’s battle heats up and more of the history of his father and his enemies is revealed.
Why I Read It:
I have become addicted to this series and was on the waiting list for this one at the library before it was even released.
This volume 6 is a compilation of issues 31 – 35 of the comic series plus several bonus half issues.
From the publisher:
IF WORDS COULD KILL…
When Tom Taylor’s father Wilson created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series — boy-wizard novels that gained immediate and widespread fame —- fans relentlessly compared the real Tom to his counterpart, garnering him a type of notoriety he just didn’t want.
But when it’s revealed that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, he comes into contact with a mysterious cabal that has secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom and his companions must travel the world, hitting up locations featured on a special map — one kept by the deadly group — that charts places throughout the world where fiction has impacted reality, stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture yarns. Throughout this quest, Tom must use every weapon he can get hold of — but even storybook magic carries its own risks…
This series just gets better and better with each new volume. In this collection of 5 issues plus several bonus smaller issues several threads from the earlier issues start coming together.
What I really enjoyed about this volume was the variations in the artwork. The smaller issues between the main ones all had a different look and feel to them and clearly showed that they were out of the main present day storyline and were filling in some history of Tom’s father and the Cabal. The final one was a nice touch with the inner workings of the Cabal as seen by one of their minor employees.
The filling in of the history and background was nice to get. As Tom’s war with them grows in intensity (and it gets seriously intense in this volume) it’s good to finally get a bit more information about who and what he’s up against and how they operate.
The only downside about getting caught up with this series is that now I have to wait for the next compilation to be published.
On the other hand, that gives you a perfect opportunity to get caught up with this excellent series If you haven’t picked it up yet, you should.