The third volume of the critically acclaimed New York Times best selling new series from the Eisner-nominated creative team of Mike Carey and Peter Gross!
The fictional adventures of Tommy Taylor are the biggest publishing sensation of the still-young century. And now, years after the last volume, Tommy’s creator Wilson Taylor, long missing and believed dead, is unleashing a brand-new Tommy Taylor book upon the world. There’s just none problem: It’s not a new Tommy Taylor book at all.
Sinister forces have create a fake book in Wilson’s name, a fraud designed to destroy his literary legacy – and coax the reclusive author of hiding so they can destroy him once and or all. But they didn’t count on Wilson’s most powerful creation: his son, the real Tom Taylor.
To unmasks the truth about the new Tommy, Tom must confront some of the darkest secrets that surround him, from the hidden fate of his father to the secret origin of his closest friend to the true nature of his fictional alter ego. Will Tom be able to stop his doppelganger’s return? Or will the publishing event of the decade lead to the end of time?
Carey and Gross continue to impress.
By Sean Curley - March 30, 2011
Mike Carey and Peter Gross continue their terrific Vertigo comic series with this third volume, "Dead Man's Knock", collecting issues 13 to 18 of the ongoing title. "The Unwritten" has from the start been about literature and its interactions with the real world, with particular emphasis on J. K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" and the other major fantasy writers of our age. Similar in various respects to both Neil Gaiman's "The Sandman" and Bill Willingham's "Fables", "The Unwritten" continues to be the crown jewel of Vertigo's current output ("Fables" is still going fairly strong, but by now it's fairly familiar, even if still quality). Spoilers follow.
The protagonist of "The Unwritten", Tom Taylor, was used by his father Wilson as the basis for a series of fantasy novels that became worldwide classics (the books are obvious analogues for the Harry Potter franchise, while Tom and Wilson's relationship is clearly based on "Winnie the Pooh" author A. A. Milne and his son... read more
Well Conceived Story
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - June 20, 2011
A New York Times bestseller ranking No. 1 on the paperback graphic book list, volume three of the ongoing Vertigo series The Unwritten has garnered two additional 2011 Eisner Award nominations for Best Cover Artist (Yuko Shimizu) and Best Lettering (Todd Klein). Collecting issues #13-18 of Mike Carey and Peter Gross' book, Dead Man's Knock may not be as cohesive an edition as either volume one or two in regards to story development and progression, but it remains an entertaining addition to the series as well as a necessary bridge between the two strong debut trades and the continuing, monthly title.
Dead Man's Knock covers a lot of thematic territory from the manipulation and control of stories to the awareness and utilization of Tom Taylor's gifts at literary geography. At times, however, some readers may find this encompassing approach slightly unfocused or underdeveloped in certain aspects coming off the book-end tales of "Jud Süss" and "Eliza Mae Hertford's... read more
The plot thickens as Carey and Gross deliver another winner!
By Julie L. Hayes "bibliophile" - June 9, 2011
Only two days until the long awaited 14th Tommy Taylor novel is released! Callendar and his group meet, while the world speculates as to the contents of the newest tome from the pen of the missing writer, Wilson Taylor. Tom is taking a huge risk even being in London, which Lizzie keeps trying to tell him, but he's convinced that his father is going to show up at the book launch, and there's a lot of things he would like to discuss with dear old dad. What has Lizzie yanked off a street post, that's got her white as a sheet, and why is she keeping it hidden from Tom and Savoy?
Tom can't get hold of Swope--is his agent avoiding him? Leaving Lizzie a note, he goes out for a drink and runs into the Creature again. Savoy has problems of his own in the form of Count Ambrosio/Chadron, and Lizzie is trying to contact Wilson with questions about Jane Waxman--who is she and why does she look like Lizzie? Her actions raise an alarm; they know that someone is touching the grid. Now they... read more
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