The Unwritten Vol. 10: War Stories by Mike Carey with art by Peter Gross

Unwtitten Vol. 10: War Stories by Mike Carey

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Series: #10 in the Unwritten series (AKA Part 1 of The Unwritten Apocalypse)
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 128
Source: Library

The Book:

This volume is a compilation of issues 1-6 of The Unwritten Apocalypse

From the back of the book:

It’s the end of the world as we know it

Tom Taylor’s not just a character in a story, he’s a character in all stories.

When Tom’s novelist father gave the boy-wizard hero of his book’s Tom’s name, he imbued his flesh-and-blood son with powers beyond even those of his fictional doppelganger. Tom can travel between the real world and the countless fictional worlds contained in every tale ever told.

But those worlds are in danger. The great beast Leviathan, in whose belly every story world resides, lies wounded. The boundaries between the stories are weaker than ever. And as Tom careens uncontrollably from world to world, the deadliest denizens of a million tales threaten to tear his world apart.

Words are magic. And unless Tom can stop the forces working to destroy every story, he’ll learn there’s blacker spell words can form than THE END

My Thoughts:
This is the penultimate volume in what has been a fascinating and literary reference filled journey

I don’t think I will wait for the final collected edition which will be released in May. I will probably finish out this series with the final six issues as individual issues.

This has been an utterly fascinating, challenging and mind bending journey with Tom and his friends (and enemies). The artwork has been excellent throughout and told as much of the story as the words. Peter Gross has had to tell the visual part of the story in an incredible number of different ways and the variety, depth and detail of the art is amazing.

I know that even though I am relatively well-read there are references that flew way over my head along the way. This was not always an easy series to read and I had to re-read many sections to figure out what was really going on. Nevertheless it’s been an entertaining and interesting journey. Now that it’s winding down I’m both eager and nervous about how it will all end.

I expect that this is a series that I will revisit from the beginning at some point.

4 stars Rating 4/5