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The Unwritten Vol. 4: Leviathan (edition 2011)

by Mike Carey, Peter Gross (Illustrator)

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Title:The Unwritten Vol. 4: Leviathan
Authors:Mike Carey
Other authors:Peter Gross (Illustrator)
Info:Vertigo (2011), Edition: First Edition, Paperback, 144 pages
Collections:Read in 2012 (Micah)
Tags:fiction, comic, fantasy

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The Unwritten Vol. 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey



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The third volume in this terrific series, a fantasy/horror meta-story about the power of stories. Tommy Taylor finds himself trapped on board The Pequod, a-hunting the great white whale, or at least trying to find out what it is the whale represents and what it has to do with the power his father wielded and the very bad people trying to kill him and his friends. I love tis stuff, and it's such a relief that it's found an audience large enough to keep it going (unlike say, Crossing Midnight.) I'm very much looking forward to more. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
Leviathan is the fourth book (issues 19-24) in The Unwritten series of comics, written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross, with additional art by Al Davison and Vince Locke and cover art by Yuko Shimizu.

Wilson’s sudden reappearance didn’t take any heat off of Tom, Rich and Lizzie, quite to the contrary. The Cabal is looking for new ways to destroy them, while Tommy hatches the plan that he has to find the source of his powers. That search leads him into the belly of the beast, quite literally: by way of Moby Dick, he ends up in a whale – but he’s not alone there.

The Unwritten really is an amazing series. So far they not only managed to keep the high quality consistent over all books, but they also manage to come up with a new concept every time – a concept that will perfectly fit the world created, be completely logical and that you would have never thought of yourself. Amazing.

Read more on my blog: http://kalafudra.com/2015/08/12/the-unwritten-leviathan-mike-carey-peter-gross/ ( )
  kalafudra | Aug 31, 2015 |
In this storyline, the different threads come together and start to delineate THE STORY behind the stories. Tom is going through a sort of ‘rite of passage’, allowing him to think of his role with a new perspective.

I absolutely love the way that different narrations are used to explain the why and the now: flashback and present day overlap, vignette stories are presented as interlude, and Tom is thrown once again in well-known stories.

All this without taking into account master puppeteer and breach of fiction into reality, or is it the other way around?

Recommended for those of you who have feared boredom and were dissatisfied with part of Vol. 2 and Vol. 3. I’m looking forward the next part. ( )
  electrice | May 15, 2014 |
"I wonder if all boy wizards refer to their wand as 'she.' From the shape of the thing, you'd think--"
"This is not a conversation we're going to have."

Definitely the best volume so far, both art and story-wise. Creative and amusing and getting quite interesting now, I'm very intrigued as to how things are going to play out. And a couple visits from my favorite recurring guest character, woo!

Also, another Pauly story. I'm still not sure if I think they're brilliant or if I hate them. ...Or both. Probably both. ( )
  .Monkey. | Feb 4, 2014 |
I was going to start my review with one of the few bits of Star Trek "trivia" I know -- the even-numbered films are the better ones; the odd-numbered ones are worse. The Unwritten comes awfully close to being the inverse -- the even-numbered books aren't quite as strong as the odd-numbered ones. But I don't know if that's entirely fair.

In this story arc, Tom's trio gets very involved in Moby-Dick -- there's not really a whole lot of action to move the story along. We do find out a little more of Tom's powers (or, perhaps, the powers Tommy can control). There's also a new villain introduced even though we know very little about her. On the surface, this entry seemed pretty boring, but now that I've had a little time to think about it, the plotting does work and will likely be important later in the story. (There are very interesting developments with Tom's partners, which will definitely have repercussions later.)

This volume ends -- like #2 -- with a bizarre fairy tale, filled with mostly very cute animals juxtaposed with one who has a filthy mouth. I know the "evil" characters are supposed to be those from our main story -- even when we haven't met them yet -- but I just don't find these diversions interesting.

LT Haiku:

White whale surfaces
To interconnect stories
With peculiar ends. ( )
  legallypuzzled | Oct 17, 2013 |
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White whale surfaces

To interconnect stories

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In order to harness his extraordinary powers, Tom Taylor must sail the seas of one of the greatest stories ever told, and hunt the white whale that has left countless stories of myth and madness in its wake. Meanwhile, his friends are hunted by a dangerous new enemy-- and face identity crises of their own.… (more)

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