Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The Unwritten #28

Written by Mike Carey
Art by Peter Gross and Vince Locke

I'm pretty much a month late on this because it somehow got missed at my comic store, which was shorted on their order.

There are some very cool things happening in The Unwritten right now.  As Tom continues to read his father's journals, we are given a lengthy flashback to Taylor Sr.'s time in New York, when he worked for the Cabal.  He's been sent to investigate a Golden Age comic strip called the Tinker.  The cartoonist of this series is a woman writing under a pseudonym, and they quickly fall for each other, forcing Taylor to disobey his orders to kill her.

What's interesting is the substance of their relationship, and the ideas that it is built around.  Miriam Walzer, the artist, is as interested as Taylor in the way in which stories can help construct reality, and they discuss a number of philosophical ideas, which she then incorporates into her strip (I love the Orpheus and Eurydice stuff).

As has become common on this book, the flashback pages are inked by Vince Locke, creating a noticeable difference between the past and present sequences, while maintaining a consistent look to the book.  I found myself when Locke inked Guy Davis on Sandman Mystery Theater back in the day (I really need to read those again - they were great).

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