The Unwritten: Dead Man's Knock v. 3 (The Unwritten #3)
This volume includes “Dead Man’s Knock,” featuring the launch of the long-awaited new Tommy Taylor novel. A scheme by the Unwritten cabal to bring its author out of hiding works with dramatic results, including the moment...more
For those of you jumping in late, the premise of Unwritten is that Tom Taylor, a man who has spent his life in the shadow of a Harry Potter-esque character created by his father and named Tommy Taylor, has been dragged into a monumental war. The war, as the reader slowly learns, has been initiate...more
Though this book hinges largely on the release of the 14th Tommy Taylor book (its validity, affect on the lead characters, and the potential return of its author), the centerpiece of this vol...more
a quote from the intro, by Steven Hall:
Most people don't have the first idea about the true power of stories. I'm sure you know this. I'm sure you do, because you're a reader - you're reading this book right now. You're bound to know a thing or two about it.
Maybe you're the woman on the train who doesn't ever let the raised eyebrows of grey-looking office workers put her off her comic...more
I love how the story starts from simple lit-geography around England and Europe to extend to the impact of classic stories and th...more
The Unwritten knows this deeply, this obvious truth that w...more
In a way, the interior doesn't do the whimsy and depth of feeling of the cover justice; Shimizu's perspective on Tom is much softer and more reflective than the semi-regularly irritating Tom in the story itself. The Harry Potter-Books of Magic-Inkheart amalgam of the premise grows more interesting the more depth given to the story....more
Unwritten Volume 3 sheds more light onto the world Wilson Taylor inhabits and onto Lizzie Hexam. She is depicted as an agent of Wilson Taylor's. Volume 3 devotes a great deal of time to telling us all about Lizzie. It culminates in an interesting "pick-a-story" format where you are instructed to chose between numbered pages to determine the course of events in Lizzie's life. I'd also like to think that this "pick-a-story" format provides us with a clue as to why the secret socie...more
The newest novel in the Tommy Taylor series is anounced and there is much media coverage about it and the author of the books who hasn't been seen in years. The real Tom Taylor is still presumed dead after the prison riot in France. He and his friends make their way back to London and there is finally a meeting between the astranged father and son.
My personal highlight was the issue high...more
This is what one might call the graphic novel for book lovers. The whole idea is that books fuel the world. That people can come together to all love a book, think about a book and that will fuel the magic that the world is lacking yet needs. But there's this group of people who age incredibly slowly and they control the world by controlling the literature that the world is exposed to and they'll do whatever it takes to get that control.
These books have a lot...more
Tom Taylor is still on the run in the third volume. People think he perpetrated a massacre and then was killed in a fire, but he'...more
Easily compared with "Sandman", this story branches out towards epic characters and stories, blending literary characters such as Harry Potter and the stereotypical vampire with authors, e.g. Rudyard Kipling and Mark Twain.
The story goes on, Tom/Tommy being hunted by different parties throughout different...more
What made this volume insanely awesome though was that one chapter was a "pick your own story" scenario. At the end of...more
At first I was a bit confused by some contradictory versions of stories, but then I realized that I was reading a choose-your-own-adventure versio...more
At first I hated this story since it was really just a real life Harry Potter phenomenon, but the story lines h...more
I continued to love this series. I like that way it blurs the line between fiction and reality and brings into question what is a story and what is not a story. I also love the references I see in the story to Harry Potter. I know it makes me s...more
I like this series overall, and the furt...more
It's not bad, mind you. Carey can definitley write, and Peter Gross does his usual fine workman's job on the art. But the story's gotten too busy, too many parties involved, too much bloody actio...more
Where to begin . . . ? First off, they pull a fast one with both the characters and the readers with the whole 14th book thing. Then we get a lot of insight into Lizzie Hexam though a Pick-a-Story format. Then we get just little greater peak into this story manipulating cabal that's been haunting the title all along. Speaking of the title, we finally get an inkling of what the title of this series is all about, differing greatly from Bill Willingham's speculations in...more
The "Many Lives of Lizzie Hexam" part I had mixed feeling with. I though it was an awesome and clever idea for a comic book. However, if you follow the directions to the story and then read the next issue you are screwed. So I had to re-read the issue to get th...more
I found some things a little odd though, like how J.K. Rowling can exist in this universe when Tommy Taylor is essentially Harry Potter and no one seems to mind it.
The fake Tommy Taylor book was lambasted for blatantly ripping off every fantasy book and then some, but everyone's cool with Wilson writing a series about a trio of wizarding students fighting evil? It's a really dumb thing to fixate on, but it really wrinkled my brai...more
Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959. He worked as a teacher for fifteen years, before starting to write comics. When he started to receive regular commissions from DC Comics, he gave up the day job.
Since then, he has worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, writing storyli...more