The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (Volume One)

The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity (Volume One)

Mike Carey

I’m not quite sure how I first heard about this graphic novel, but I had it on hold at my library for a while before a library sent it to me.  Thanks, Jericho!  This series follows Tom Taylor, the son of a great author.  His father (who has disappeared somewhere), wrote a Harry Potter-ish series that is beyond beloved by fans.  Tom not only has to deal with the residue of his father’s legacy, but other crazy things begin happening that suggests poor Tom isn’t what he seems.

Firstly, I loved the play off of Harry Potter, and I adored the poke at authors–both very serious writers as well as the stereotypical genre-writers.  Once you get into the meat of the story, it’s hard to put this volume down.  Tommy is really interesting character, and the alternating storylines (Tom and Tommy) break the  story up into manageable chunks.  I’m pleased that an intelligent woman is pushing him along his journey, even though we didn’t get a chance to learn a lot about her.

Of course, the ending was left in such a way that I am dying to get my hands on the next in the series (don’t take so long to send it, Jericho).  You’ll love this volume if you love literature about loving literature.  The art is splendid as well–and take a look at that cover.  It’s awesome!  Go grab this volume!

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