Review: The Unwritten #12

The Unwritten #12 features the series’ second stand-alone issue, and much like “How the Whale Became”, “Eliza Mae Hertford’s Willowbank Tales” takes the series to a new level, deepening the world in a significant way while telling an engaging, entertaining story.  The Unwritten #12 is also definitely the funniest issue of the series, as Pauly Bruckner, a petty criminal trapped in a children’s story by Eliza Mae Hertford.  He tries to assert his will against a powerful narrator, escape the , and take his revenge on the story’s inhabitants, all while reduced to the form of ‘Mr. Bun’, an adorable bunny who goes on adventures in a wonderland of cute anthropomorphic animals.

The art remains spectacular, with Gross joined by Kurt Huggins and Zelda Devon on finishes and colors, and it manages to capture the innocence of landscape and the way that Pauly, despite his attempts otherwise, can never truly corrupt it or turn it dark.  Humorous and memorable, The Unwritten #12, like “How the Whale Became”, serves as a notice for the rapid-fire shifts of tone, setting, character, and theme the book is capable of without losing sight of what it wants to do or how it wants to do it.  The Unwritten continues to cement its status as a modern classic.

Grade: A+

– Cal Cleary


3 thoughts on “Review: The Unwritten #12

  1. I really, really always intend to start picking up this book. I loved Mike Carey’s Lucifer (one of my faves of all time). And this book just seems to be getting stellar reviews.

  2. There are also some interesting references to the main storyline in this issue. Back in #2, Tom Taylor flashed back to a scene of his father beating an intruder to a pulp. Was that Pauly Bruckner? I’ll be surprised if it wasn’t. There was another curious scene involving a dark cellar in that issue, too. And Pauly states that after he gets out of the story, he’s planning to get the map and use it to find and destroy the “maanim.” Google tells me that maanim is (1) the Hebrew word for “answers,” and (2) an archaic musical instrument, possibly resembling a trumpet. Wasn’t “Tommy Taylor and the Golden Trumpet” the last book Wilson Taylor wrote before he disappeared?

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