FANTASTIC VOYAGE: THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE GN REVIEW by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

FANTASTIC VOYAGE: THE UNWRITTEN: APOCALYPSE GN REVIEW by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

It’s the last day of April and we have slipped a couple of days off our review a day schedule but here’s the final GN review for April. The Unwritten: Apocalypse reprints #6-12 of the series of the same name by Mike Carey and Peter Gross. Carey has proven himself to be one of the most accomplished writers of sophisticated fantasy comics of the past decade and The Unwritten has only served to cement this reputation.

Unwritten-Apocalypse-trade-cover-scanWith his regular collaborator Peter Gross, Carey has weaved a magical and thoughtful tale about Tom Taylor, the real-life counterpart of his father author Wilson Taylor’s famous fictional boy wizard creation. Here in this epic tale that deals with the power and corruption of stories, Carey sends Taylor on a seemingly impossible quest to save the world. Carey and Gross manage to wrap up this wonderfully intertextual series with aplomb, style and panache. Gross proves what a wonderfully versatile artist he is, able to alter and adapt his style to suit the necessary story while Carey makes things like characterisation and character development seem almost effortless in his hands. Themes like death, loss, the influence that myths and stories have on our lives are explored in an intelligent and subtle fashion and it is sad to see The Unwritten come to a close. However the pair, with the occasional assistance of artists like Al Davison, Vince Locke and Dean Ormston, should be exceptionally proud at what they have achieved. The covers by artist Yuko Shimizu are also endlessly inventive, giving readers a flavour of the series without merely reproducing what is contained in the issue. The Unwritten is a magnificent story about stories and this volume is a wonderful endcap to conclude Carey and Gross’s thought-provoking ride. You’ll never look at a book the same way again…

Unwritten Volume 11 TP

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