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The Unwritten Vol. 1 by Mike Carey
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Aug 25, 2010

really liked it
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Read 2 times. Last read August 25, 2010.

Mike Gross and Peter Carey are the masterminds behind the Vertigo series, "Lucifer" which was spin-off of "The Sandman" by Neil Gaiman, or sorts...in that series Gross and Carey create a dense and wonderfully complex story that elaborated on the themes of sin and redemption, revenge and hope, creation and destruction...and with this opening volume of their new series, "The Unwritten" it looks like they are embarking on an even greater endeavor...on the surface it begins as a man's quest for self-identity, to divorce himself from his father's work and legacy in order create a wholly unique sense of self...Tom Taylor served as his father's inspiration for writing 13 volumes in the adventures of Tommy Taylor, boy wizard - an obvious reference and nod to Harry Potter - but even more than that, echoing the phenomenom that surrounds the juggernaut that is the Harry Potter marketing blitz, Carey tries to give the reader a real world touch point to understand Tom's struggle against something much bigger than he is. He deals with his father's fans and their inabilty and unwillingness to seperate him from the fictional character of Tommy. But gradually, layers are pulled back, and swirlling undercurrents of literary magic are revealed as Tom learns that his father's disapperance and the odd facts of his own childhood are only the surface of a deeper and more complex story...in fact stories are what everything is all about...we slowly learn that the stories we know may not be as important as the stories we don't know, and that those who decide what is written and what is unwritten, are more powerful and influential than we can imagine.

If this series ventures into the avenues I foresee it travelling down, then it will indeed be a worthy successor to Carey's and Gross's previous work, if not a greater fete altogether. Needless to say, I can't wait to see how this story unfolds...
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