The Unwritten, Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworld by Mike Carey

The Unwritten, Vol. 8: Orpheus in the Underworlds written by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross

Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #8 in the Unwritten series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 176
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Tom Taylor is headed to hell and back to try to rescue Lizzie and the line between story and reality is blurred even further.

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. In the meantime I’ll be reading Fables like mad because a Fables – Unwritten crossover is in the works.

The Book:
This volume 8 is a compilation of issues 42 – 49 of the comic series plus several bonus half issues.

From the publisher

In this eighth volume of the critically-acclaimed new series from the Eisner-nominated creative team, Mike Carey and Peter Gross, Tommy ventures into the land of the dead to find and rescue Lizzie. But the journey through Hades pits Tommy against all kinds of enemies of undead. But none of these encounters prepare him for his meeting with the king — or for the responsibilities he has to take on for some very familiar damned souls

My Thoughts:
This is a fabulous series for booklovers. The series is about stories and how stories and real life co-exist and are dependent on each other. It’s filled with appearances by familiar and not so familiar characters from literature and myth. Elizabeth Bennet from Pride & Prejudice makes quite an interesting appearance in this volume.

The main storyline in this volume is Tom’s continued effort to find and rescue Lizzie Hexam. Along the way a few characters from earlier volumes reappear. Some are much more welcome than others.

Tom’s journey through the underworld is contrasted with the efforts of his friend Richie Savoy to help detective Didge Patterson investigate a gruesome series of murders. Zombies, and troubled young boy and a vampire (who is the good guy this time) and a character from earlier in the series are all involved in this break from Tom’s story.

The artwork is interesting and well done and continues to be a strong part of the story. The unreal settings give the artists some freedom to create some fabulous settings and characters.

I’m torn between eagerness for the next volume and wanting time to read much more of the Fables series before the crossover.

I highly recommend this series. If’s a great graphic novel series that everyone, but particularly booklovers can enjoy.

4 stars Rating 4/5