Finally, almost a year after the last one, this volume of The Unwritten made it into my library and then into my excited hands. Yay! Unfortunately, I had largely forgotten what was going on in the last volume, and this one is not terribly helpful in that regard. Boo.
This is a really thick collection, with something like ten individual issues, or half-issues, or I don’t know what’s going on with the number here, inside it. And so the stories end up going all over the place, half with Tom & Co. and the other half delving hardcore into the history of this whole storytelling thing, with Pullman and the marionette lady and a giant fish thing and a bunch of tertiary storytellers and the cabal and the people who run the grid and why couldn’t we have gone back to that evil Mr. Bun while we were at it?
That’s not to say I didn’t like the stories, because they were all quite good in their own right, it’s just the first time the collection as a whole seemed to lack some cohesion. I know, I know, they’re comics, not novels, and after my success in reading The Human Division in tiny episode form maybe I can convince myself to shell out for the monthly versions? Maaaaybe.
Anyway, parts I liked include the vengeful but sort of moral Tommy, the bit with the editorial cartoonist (because seriously, it’s probably pretty true!), the attempt to read Tommy into oblivion, the marionette girl, and the last story with the Grid employee — surprisingly not a lot of the straight Tom & Co. stories! I’m always a fan of getting some good backstory, and the new stories (like the last one) promise a lot of intrigue to come. I think the next big volume is set to come out soon, so I’ll probably wait for that at my library and then think about getting into the issues.
Recommendation: I certainly wouldn’t start here; go enjoy Volume 1 first!