by Mike Carey and Peter Gross
Inked by Dean Ormston
The last issue of The Unwritten ended with the surprise appearance of a character I didn't expect to see again for until issue 48 (which probably gives away the surprise for any long-term fans of this series). As if to acknowledge that things were happening a little early, Mike Carey and Peter Gross use this issue to start a two-part story that doesn't feature regular series star Tom Taylor at all, but instead focuses on a couple of the supporting characters.
Richie Savoy has settled himself in Australia for the time being, although he doesn't seem to be doing more than hooking up with some of his fans. The police Detective, Didge Patterson is stuck investigating a horrible crime scene, where an older couple have been ripped to pieces in what looks like an attack by multiple cannibals. The only clue she finds is a school book filled with a story written by a young boy.
Didge being dyslexic, she turns to Savoy for help with the case, and that leads them to young Jason, who seems to be able to create reality with his writing. He described perfectly the death of the folks who watch him after school, and later it happened the exact same way.
The Unwritten has always been about the power of story, and now it seems that Carey and Gross are taking us into another aspect of that. The kid's abilities play out poorly for his father, who probably is beginning to regret feeding his son's enthusiasm for zombies.
This is a solid issue. I always like it when Carey moves the series away from Taylor for a little while, and I'm also always happy when Dean Ormston pops by to ink an issue or two. His addition to the proceedings always gives the book a darker look, and makes it feel different enough to feel like the story is special. It also makes me appreciate Peter Gross's own inks more, as I like seeing how differently some penciller's work appears with different inkers.