Graphic Novel Review: The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice
This is a difficult story to review. Like the comic book series that it has spun off from, Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice is in part about the acts of writing and creating. In this stand alone tale we get to know the origins of both Tom Taylor and Tommy Taylor. Biological origins in one case and literary origins in the other.
And I’m guessing that those of you who haven’t read any of The Unwritten really won’t have the faintest idea what I’m talking about by this stage.
Suffice to say there are two intertwined stories in this book. One is a Harry Potteresque story of a young Tommy Taylor and his earliest years. The other is the story of an author’s carefully planned and staged campaign to write the book and release it on the day his son Tom Taylor is born. And the reason for doing this cannot really be understood without having read the comics that proceed this graphic novel. Though I think it’s safe to say that if you went on from reading this to the first volume of the comics everything would fall into place nicely.
The author and artist team from the comics handle graphic novel so it’s very much a continuation and expansion of what they have already created. Visually its wonderfully done with two different styles presenting the two stories and their radically different tones.
While Tommy Taylor’s story is quite openly a pastiche of Harry Potter and similar works, it also has enough depth to it to stand on its own as an enjoyable tale the second story of the creation of that tale gives even greater richness to the whole thing.
I’d call this one a must read. The only question is whether you should read volume 1 of The Unwritten first.
The Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Ship That Sank Twice will be released on September 24th: http://amzn.to/16iaFGN
Which means there’s just enough time to grab The Unwritten Vol 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity and read that first: http://amzn.to/1502p3t