The Unwritten Vol. 2: Inside Man by Mike Carey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Tom Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart, turning him into the lamest variety of Z-level celebrity. In the final novel, it's even implied that the fictional Tommy will crossover into the real world, giving delusional fans more excuses to harass Tom.
When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map — one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.
Things are finally becoming clearer in this volume, and the overall plot is definitely stronger. Still, there is a lot going on and a few storylines to keep track of. It certainly is not less complicated, than the first.
The artwork continues to shine, and remains a strong point in the work. There is such a variety, too, and it remains strong when the story calls for a stylistic change. The last story at the end of the volume was a definite favourite - it reminded me of all of the cute stories I adored as a kid, and turned it into something terrible and hilarious and wonderful. I continue to enjoy the series and look forward to the next volumes.
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