Sunday, May 15, 2011

The Unwritten #23 - Review

A Whale By the Tale


When Tom Taylor and a group of fictional characters get swallowed by a whale, it's up to Tom to figure out the mystery of why they can't escape. All of the fictional characters are known in their stories for being swallowed by a whale, but none of their elaborate plans from the stories are working. Tom starts to realize that the whale isn't what it seems, and if he's going to find the meaning behind it, it's going to take a whole lot more than simple literary know-how to escape.

Written by Mike Carey and drawn by Peter Gross, this issue in the strange and wonderful The Unwritten series takes a look at the power of literature and its characters. Tom has the benefit of being both a real person and a fictional icon, so he can step outside of the box and look at the two worlds objectively. It really delves deep into the power of the fans and the people who love to read the great epic stories of our time.

The plot is pretty straightforward, but the reveal at the end is well worth the read. Plus, the addition of characters like Pinocchio, Baron Von Munchausen, and Sinbad makes the cast a real delight to see in action. The only drawback would be that if you haven't been following along, you might be a little lost. But that's only because it's a series that prides itself on being one central story, which, in this age of comics, is a very powerful story tool that often gets overlooked.

It's one of my favorite titles being published right now, and if you're a fan of literature and comics, it's a no brainer for you to pick up and start reading.

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