Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Unwritten Vol. 10: War Stories by Mike Carey - Book Review

From the publisher: The tenth volume of the critically-acclaimed new series from the Eisner-nominated creative team, Mike Carey and Peter Gross is the perfect jumping on point, as Tom Taylor is stranded at the beginning of all creation!

Lost in the unwritten scenes of all the world's stories, Tom Taylor is headed back to reality -- and all the gods and beasts and monsters ever imagined can't stop him. But there's a toll on the road that may be too high for him or anyone to pay...


The Unwritten Vol. 10: War Stories, by Mike Carey, is a transitional story. As the penultimate collection, War Stories begins bringing back together the main characters in order to put the pieces in position for the endgame.  So, Tommy Taylor has to journey back to his world, where he discovers that the end is near.  Meanwhile (in a storyline concurrent to Tommy's quest for home), Savoy and Lizzie meet up with Wilson Taylor and begin readying to fight/defend the world from the apocalypse.  And, in a third story strand, Pauly Bruckner is faced with his future and his past; he makes a decision that could affect the lives of everyone.  The collection ends with the strands converging, setting up what should be an outstanding end to a very thought-provoking series.

Carey continues to write a wonderful, meta-fictional story.  However, this collection is not the best of the story arcs, probably because of its function: it is nearly all set-up for the following (and final) volume.

I recommend The Unwritten: War Stories to those who've read the rest of The Unwritten, but would not encourage new readers to start with this collection.  For new readers, go back to the beginning; for those who have been here all along: hang on for the finale, it should be amazing.

I received a preveiw copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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