What?: Unwritten: Inside Man

Well, I finally got around to picking it up and I’m left with one thought: “What the %^$# took me so long.”


Volume 2 of Mike Carey and Peter Gross’s Unwritten titled Inside Man has all the charm and cool ideas of the first collection, but amped up by a factor of 10. Remember, this is a world in which the line between fiction and reality seems rather uncertain, and shifting all the time. What I thought was going to be an interesting story about a guy who may or may not have been a fictional character has quickly turned into a vastly expanding universe where fiction is in the eye of the beholder.

I want to avoid spoilers, and that’s the only thing currently keeping me from talking entirely too much about this book. A villain is reborn, but did he ever die? Other worlds are explored, but are they realities?

This series plays on the same chord as Fables and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen because it takes elements from the stories that we all know and love, but where Unwritten is going is a completely different song. It’s attempts to ponder the very nature of narrative and the power it has over us is what has me loving this book. If you’ve ever been curious about the aforementioned comics, or just like to see what stories can become, get on board as quick as you can.