Monday, June 23, 2014

The Unwritten - Apocalypse #3 Review

Written by: Mike Carey
Art by: Peter Gross
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: March 19, 2014

A Mystery wrapped in an...

I know, I know, I'm a lazy bastard.  It's just what makes me special.  That and my complete lack of attention span and inability to act like a normal human being.  Other than those little flaws, I'm fine.  However, my laziness led me down the dark path of falling behind in my reviewing The Unwritten - Apocalypse.  I really liked the first two issues and not reviewing it past then had nothing to do with my enjoyment of the book.  Laziness did.  Well, I'm getting off my duff and putting my nose to the grindstone for a marathon session of the Unwritten.  My plan is to have every issue reviewed (including last week's new #6) by Wednesday.  I'm writing this to force myself to do it, but we'll see if I can hold to my word.  Enough about me, let's get on with the review of The Unwritten -Apocalypse #3.

Mike Carry gives us two stories and both are great.  The story of Tom and his gang is where the action and adventure lies while the story of Daniel is mysteriously confusing.  I am fully invested in both.  Again, Mike Carey does not lead the reader by the hand. Instead, he throws you to the wolves and lets you fight your way through with the protagonists.    Astute readers may figure out some things early, but even long time fans are left guessing.  The end is near, but it is far from in sight.

What is in plain sight is Peter Gross' artwork which is just outstanding and getting better and better with each issue I read.  It fits the characters and story so well, but still keeps the mystery of the script intact.  There are some tapestry-like pages this issue that are some of the best I've seen in quite some time.

I don't want to spoil anything in this book since the joy of it is watching it unfold and guessing what's going on and what's coming next. Fans will get a thrill this issue as an old friend shows his face (kind of) and his intentions to Tom.  Some of the veil has been lifted.  However, I have no idea what is going on with Daniel and this issue clouds things up even more.  Both plots are bound to intersect eventually and I can't wait to see how and what becomes of it.

Bits and Pieces:

The Unwritten - Apocalypse #3 is a dense, mysterious and awesome issue.  Mike Carey makes you work for your meal, but in the end it's well worth it.  Peter Gross' art tells the story just as much as the words on the pages his awesome drawings inhabit.  If you are looking for a mature and literate title, this is the one you should be reading.  Highly Recommended.


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