Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Unwritten, Volume 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words Review

The Unwritten, Volume 6: Tommy Taylor and the War of Words  
Author/Artist: Mike Carey/Peter Gross
Publisher: Vertigo
American release date: October 23, 2012
Format/Genre/Length: Graphic Novel/Fantasy/200 pages
Publisher/Industry Age Rating: Suggested for Mature readers
Overall Personal Rating: ★★★★★
Similar series or titles to check out: Sandman, Lucifer, Hellblazer

Tom, Richie and Lizzie hole up in an abandoned ice station in Antarctica as Tom lays his plans, utilizing his magic—and the power of the Internet. Tom uses a finding spell to locate a member of the cabal, a spell which unfortunately doesn’t seem to work on Pullman, seeking their location. All bets are off and full speed ahead is his motto, even while his friends caution him to go slow.


When Lizzie and Richie realize Tom’s in trouble, they have to find him, and it’s touch or go whether they can keep him alive, even as Pullman breaks into the meeting of the leadership of the cabal and tries to explain how to rescue the current situation, if they’ll only listen to him. As Tom hovers between life and death, they appeal to his readers to help him the only way they can—through the chanting of the spells from the Tommy Taylor books.

When the trio locate the cabal, Pullman is waiting for them. Well, waiting for Tom. He has something to share with him. Time for a little show and tell…


This volume is threaded with other stories that are interwoven into the fabric of the main event, as we learn much more about the past than we’ve been shown before, especially about the man known as Pullman. And Leviathan. Each volume is more fascinating than the one before. I believe the author is telling us that no one piece of a story is insignificant, it all has relevance, and so it is with people too. Everyone’s lives touches on everyone else’s in some way, whether the touch is felt and registered or not.

In this series, Mike Carey displays the same brilliance that made Lucifer so wonderful, combined with Peter Gross’ beautiful artwork. This is a not-to-be-missed series that I would recommend to anyone’s book shelf. I can’t even imagine what the climax will be, but I am looking forward to it.

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