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Writer Mike Carey, best known for his work on Vertigo's Lucifer and Hellblazer, has made his mark in comics. Born in Liverpool, England, Carey worked as a teacher for fifteen years before gaining regular work writing for several independent companies. In 1999 he wrote the Sandman spinoff miniseries Sandman Presents: Lucifer. This led to the Lucifer solo title which earned him a nomination for the 2001 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Best Writer. The Fourth Rail said of his work, "Carey gives the characters in all of the stories believable motivations and characterization." His additional Vertigo projects have included Faker and Crossing Midnight. In 2007, he helped DC launch the Minx line of graphic novels for teen girls with the Regifters. Beyond DC, Carey was also recognized for his work on Marvel's X-Men titles. He makes his home in London with his wife, Lin, and his children, Davey, Ben and Louise.

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A good volume for anyone but fans of the Unwritten series... 17. August 2014
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While I enjoy Fables and the Unwritten series, this volume does not move the Unwritten series plot forward and seems like an awkward attempt at product placement by Vertigo. The authors did a decent job of blending both stories, but it was at the expense of the continuity of the Unwritten series. The Unwritten series seems to be making statements about the role of stories in everyday life and the power stories have; therefore, introducing the world of Fables where fictional characters live in New York City and then go back to their world to free their land did not quite work. Overall, the Unwritten series suffered most from this blending because the trajectory of the story got lost as did the larger points that the author seems to be making. And, the only way to explain the continuity problems for the Unwritten was to use the multiple worlds science fiction trophe, which is not consistent with the Unwritten's larger plot line. I would advise fans of the Unwritten series to avoid this volume - they won't even miss any significant plot developments. To Fables fans and all others, I would recommend giving it a read - it is well done and fun.
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Tommy Taylor Meets the Fables 29. Juli 2014
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The Unwritten Vol. 9 collection takes two of the most popular and best written (in my opinion) comics that Vertigo is putting out and combines the story being told into one epic crossover. Mike Carey (The Unwritten) and Bill Willingham (Fables) do a masterful job telling the tale of Tom Taylor's meeting and adventure with the Fables.

The story concerns Frau Totenkinder, Gepetto, Ozma, Prince Ambrose, and the rest of the surviving Fables trying to hold off and defeat Mister Dark, the personification of Fear. They have lost many of their "big guns" and are left to cast a summoning spell for the greatest, most powerful wizard there is. Enter Tom Taylor, regular guy, as opposed to Tommy Taylor, Boy Wizard. What ensues is a great battle with the death of many characters. It's also a meditation on "story" and how it influences our lives, as much of The Unwritten is.

I was curious how these two stories about "story" would interact, since I read Fables and wasn't aware of any lingering storylines concerning Mister Dark, the villain of this tale. It appears that these versions of the Fables are from an alternate timeline, where they were unsuccessful in their bid to defeat Mister Dark and his minions. This allows for several characters to play different roles than they typically do (particularly the family of Snow White and Bigby Wolf), and there are real many characters that experience very real peril that would otherwise not be in those situations. Tom Taylor's quest was also moved forward (not as much as I had hoped) and it will be interesting to see where it progresses from here in light of what he learned.

I really enjoy both of these series, so it was cool to read a story with the characters interacting. I highly recommend The Unwritten, and if the Fables appeal to you, jump into their story as well.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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An interesting diversion; 3.5 stars 29. Juli 2014
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I've been enjoying both the Fables and the Unwritten graphic novel series. When I heard that Mike Carey was doing a crossover volume with the Fables universe, it seemed like a natural fit, because both of the series are about stories and the power of storytelling. But I did wonder how he would fit Tom Taylor and his other characters into the Fables universe.

Wisely, Carey chose to have Tom be drawn into an alternate version of the Fables world, one in which Mister Dark has not been vanquished and is hunting the Fables to extinction. These Fables are written as darker and more desperate versions of Willingham's characters. If you're a Fables fan and don't want to see some of the more likeable Fables characters suffer or go off the rails in disturbing ways, you should probably stay away from this volume.

I did like The Unwritten Fables, but it's not the strongest volume in the Unwritten series. It's more of an interesting diversion for Tom Taylor than an essential part of his journey on his way to find the source of all story.

An ARC was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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The reviewer who said this is a great book for anyone except readers of The Unwritten said it best 18. November 2014
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I could not be a bigger fan of The Unwritten. I've reviewed several volumes (though not all of them, since all my reviews are pretty much just imploring people to read the whole thing) and couldn't recommend it more. That is, until you get to this volume.

This story feels like a combination of opportunistic cross-promotion, perhaps some mutual respect and admiration between Mike Carey (writer of The Unwritten) and Bill Willingham (writer of Fables), a fun exercise in playing with someone else's toys, and probably least of all a genuine creative exercise in playing with the rules established in previous volumes. But for the most part, it's a complete diversion from the momentum The Unwritten has been establishing from the very beginning. The story was getting better and better, and with this crossover it comes to a screeching halt.

What we have here is an alternate version of the Fables universe. As someone who doesn't read Fables, I only know this from other reviews. Also as someone who doesn't read Fables, I didn't recognize many of the characters or understand their roles, personalities, etc. For the most part, it doesn't end up mattering very much in practice, but I'm sure that background information would be essential to appreciating anything that happens to these characters. So lots of bad stuff happens, but I can't bring myself to care. This probably won't be a problem if you've been keeping up with your Fables. I dropped Fables after two volumes, so I had a bit of a leg up on anyone who's never read it, but I still didn't recognize very many people or care when they died. I was thinking a page to explain who the characters were would have been helpful, but like I said, I can't even say it would matter.

The idea here is that in this alternate Fables universe that diverged from the regular Fables continuity (apparently some characters are dead who should be alive, alive who should be dead, good who should be evil, evil who should be good, but of course all of this is lost on me), the characters are pushed to the brink in an ongoing war and are desperate for the most powerful wizard they can conjure. Of course they conjure Tom Taylor (eventually coaxing Tommy Taylor out of him) and he helps them fight Mister Dark.

There are just a few little nuggets of essential Unwritten material here, but only a few. For one thing, Tom gets the chance to encounter the witch from Hansel and Gretel (I had no idea who she was until the late chapters) and she helps him make sense of his dual nature. This is certainly a watershed moment in the series, but I can't say it necessitated a five-issue diversion from the main plot; any magical character in any context could have served the same purpose. There's also a very nice ending sequence that mirrors the start of the whole series and acts as a nice cap to the first volume and sets up the final chapter. But again, it's a brief sequence that could really have come at the end of a more pertinent story. There's a bit of symmetry between the villain, Mister Dark, and Taylor's nemesis, Count Ambrosio, which is worthwhile.

There's also a cool idea here (SPOILERS AHEAD!) involving the wicked witch, who is apparently reformed, "treating" herself by eating a bunch of children in order to gather as much power as possible to fight Mister Dark. I really loved that part. She wasn't very interesting for the first four chapters, but this turn instantly made her one of the coolest characters in the whole series.

But overall, it feels like a rather self-indulgent exercise in killing time and hopefully getting some cross-promotion in the process. It does play with the concepts and rules established in the series so far, so it's not a total waste, but it's pretty much lost on someone who doesn't read Fables and would have liked to see the Unwritten continue to gather momentum on its way to the grand finale, rather than a diversion. When it comes to a series like The Unwritten, an ongoing with the broad strokes clearly planned out from the start, it can't be easy to strike a balance in exploring all the vast possibilities in the story's themes (which, to be fair, are pretty much infinite) without dragging on forever. It's hard to shake the feeling that it's no accident this volume is the end of the first run and leads directly into the finale. Perhaps during the course of writing it, Carey realized this was a little too close for comfort to a fan fiction exercise in killing time. I mean, five issues of an alternate reality that doesn't really advance the plot? It's a bit much.

Overall, it's not a bad comic, but I'm not so sure it should be a part of the Unwritten ongoing (obviously there will be a bit of a gap between volumes 8 and 10 if you skip this outright); a double-sized 50th issue containing just a few important story beats would have served the same purpose without feeling like a diversion. If Carey and Willingham were dead set on telling this story, it really would have worked better as a self-contained crossover between the titles. But hey, what's done is done. If you're tight on cash, read a synopsis and save your money for the other 11 volumes of the series (including the OGN, which is far more essential than this). It's probably a 2.5 star book, rounded down based on the impossibly high bar set by The Unwritten.
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Fantastic series stalls. 8. September 2014
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This was the first volume in the "Unwritten" series anything but "wowed" by. I was incredibly happy when I saw that a Fables/Unwritten crossover was occurring, as Fables remains one of my favorite series as well. However, I can't help but feel like the author's were coasting smoothly and steadily along buoyed by fantastic writing and artwork, and yet abruptly came to an almost screeching halt as they ground gears trying change the pace and direction with this particular volume. Despite some decent but frustratingly obtuse/enigmatic dialogue from Frau Totenkinder and a decent sort of "what-if" rehash of the Mr. Dark storyline, nearly everything else just seemed to stall-out.
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