Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Unwritten #40

by Mike Carey and Peter Gross

It's been a while since we last saw Tom Taylor, so it's nice to see this issue feature him again, as Inspector Patterson, the Australian police officer we've been following for the last few issues takes her unicorn to stop the leader of the Church of Tommy from interrupting Tom's first stop on his Australian tour.  This leads to all sorts of madness, including a suitcase nuke, angry stories, and Tom perhaps being able to finally put the lightning back into the bottle of his public persona.

The Unwritten has worked really well for a while now, and this issue is a good example of why that is.  Carey and Gross work remarkably well together, and continue to move the story into new directions.  I thought that after the Cabal was finished off, the series would end, but it seems that there is more that Carey wants to say with this story.

What confused me a little is that the gigantic crowd that bought tickets for Tom's show were actually just sitting in a giant stadium to watch him read children's stories.  It made me think of the recent Charlie Sheen stage show, where people lined up and paid good money to listen to the man ramble.

Anyway, at the end of this issue, Didge announces that she has a message from Tom's girlfriend, which I guess tells us where the series is headed next.

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