>> Friday, October 19, 2012
The Unwritten - Leviathan by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Genre: Fantasy (Graphic Novel)
Series: #4 in the Unwritten series
Publisher: Vertigo Comics
Publication Date: 2011
The Short Version:
Tom Taylor and his friends Lizzie and Richie continue their adventures and Tom enters the world of Moby Dick and more.
Why I Read It:
One of my first real forays into a graphic novel series has turned out to be far more interesting and enjoyable than I ever expected.
This volume 4 is a compilation of issues 19-24 of the comic series.
From the back of the book
Tom Taylor is more than just the son of one of the world’s most popular authors and the namesake of his most beloved creation, the boy wizard Tommy Taylor. He’s a living weapon in a literal war of words, in which a shadowy cabal uses the power of storytelling itself to shape the world according to their own dark designs. And he was born and bred to close the book on them forever. But now his own story is headed for it’s most dangerous twist yet – a real whale of a tale.
In order to harness his extraordinary powers, Tom must sail the seas of one of the greatest stories ever told, and hunt the white whale that has left countless stories of myth and madness in its wake. Meanwhile, his friends are hunted by a dangerous new enemy and facing identity crises of their own. Will Tom’s voyage lead them all to the answer they seek? Or will he drown in the depths of a thousand and one unhappy endings?
In The Unwritten: Leviathan, acclaimed storytellers Mike Carey and Peter Gross delve deeper than eve r before into their frightening, fascinating world!
I’m enjoying the heck out of this series. The storyline and literary references really make it a fun series for booklovers. Every time Tom meets someone new I start trying to see if I can figure out what classic literary work is being referenced before it’s revealed in the story.
The theme this time is stories with whales. Sinbad, Pinocchio, Baron von Munchausen all make an appearance. The adventure of Tom and his friends Lizzie and Richie continues and the evil cabal who has been controlling public opinion and events through stores are still causing trouble.
In the final chapter of this volume the foul mouthed Mr. Bun has more adventures. This time on a mysterious stairway that has some connection to Tom’s father Wilson Taylor.
The plot(s) continue to thicken and I continue to be entertained.
If you haven’t tried this series yet, pick up volume one and get ready for some fun and adventures.