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"Unwritten" by Mike Carey

May 18, 2009 - Amy Phelps
A new comic book begins with a four-issue story arc in "The Unwritten" by writer Mike Carey and artist Peter Gross.

In a "Da Vinci Code" meets "Harry Potter" twisting story that tweaks the boundary between fantasy and reality, Tom Taylor is trying to live his life after being overshadowed by his father's wildly popular series of books, "Tommy Taylor," about a boy wizard. While Tom is overwhelmed by his namesake character and his father's subsequent disappearence, he's making rounds at conventions until someone questions his identity, claiming his father never had a son and he is, in fact, an identity thief or someone the author used as a marketing ploy and never gave back to his parents. Tommy begins to question everything when someone claiming to be his arch nemesis, Count Ambrosio, tries to kill him, claiming that they are both the actual characters brought to the land of the living by magic. As Tom's search for the truth begins, hints of a shadowy organization appear, that may link to his father's disappearance.

An interesting mind-twisting beginning of a series, I'm definitely intrigued and will be reading more. Fans of Carey's work will love this one and anyone with a love of all things books will want to give it a try.

"The Unwritten" is published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics. The introductory issue is $1.


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