Saturday, September 20, 2014

Graphic Novel Review of The Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey

Synopsis: "Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.

When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map -- one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction."

My Review: I am really up in the air about this one. It starts off feeling like you jumped into the middle of a story but slowly clears that up. I find the concept very interesting though at times difficult to follow. The illustrations were outstanding but the nearly whole pages of text are not what I want to encounter in a graphic novel. But even with it's downfalls I am still interested enough to read the next volume in the series.
My Rating: The concept is fantastic but the execution not so great. I am hoping that maybe things will be cleared up in the next novel. I give it a rating of Two Paws.


  1. I have been interested in this series. I have seen it around a lot of places and it looks good. Too bad you didn't love it.

    1. It really did sound interesting, I really just felt like I was lost and missing something almost the whole time. I don't know if this is a branch off something else or if it is just designed to try to be mysterious.