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The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey Review

Title: The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan

Author: Mike Carey

First published October 25, 2011

144 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9781401232924 (ISBN10: 1401232922)

Rating: 4.01


In the latest installment of The Unwritten series, Tommy Taylor embarks on a journey to the world of Moby-Dick! With his father’s sudden return and the Cabal’s new assassin, Tommy seeks out “the source” – a mysterious entity that resembles a whale. He sets out on a perilous quest that leads him to the Nantucket farmhouse where Moby-Dick was written.

Little does he know that he’s about to discover a path to a whole different ocean, filled with more whales and troubles than he could ever have imagined. Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan. Collecting issues 19-24 of the critically acclaimed series.

About the Author

Mike Carey was born in Liverpool in 1959 and spent 15 years as a teacher before pursuing a career in comic book writing. He’s worked for both DC and Marvel Comics, penning storylines for some of the most iconic characters in the world, like the X-MEN, FANTASTIC FOUR, LUCIFER, and HELLBLAZER.

On top of that, he’s currently filming his original screenplay, FROST FLOWERS, and has even adapted Neil Gaiman’s critically acclaimed NEVERWHERE into comic form.

Despite his busy schedule, Mike still manages to make time for his family and resides with them in North London. For more on Mike’s work and personal life, check out his blog.

Editoral Review

The Unwritten, Vol. 4: Leviathan by Mike Carey is a thrilling addition to the world of comic books, seamlessly blending elements of fantasy, horror, and mystery to create a captivating tale that readers won’t soon forget.

Carey is a master of the genre and his proficiency is evident throughout every page of this volume. The plot of The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan centers on the continued adventures of Tom Taylor, the protagonist of the series, as he attempts to unravel the mystery of his own existence. Taylor is an intriguing character, and Carey does an excellent job of exploring his motivations and inner turmoil as he delves deeper into the secrets that surround him.

The supporting cast of characters is equally well-developed, with each member of the ensemble playing a vital role in the narrative. The setting of The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan is one of the book’s greatest strengths. Carey deftly weaves real-world events and locations into the story, giving the work an immersive and authentic feel.

The use of myth and folklore is also expertly done, with the author incorporating these elements in a way that feels both organic and essential to the narrative. In terms of themes, The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan explores the nature of storytelling itself. Carey delves into questions of power, control, and the ways in which narratives shape our understanding of the world around us.

The book also touches on themes of identity and belonging, as Taylor grapples with his own sense of self and his place in the world. While there are few flaws in The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan, some readers may find certain aspects of the book to be challenging. The volume is densely plotted, and newcomers to the series may struggle to keep up with the multitude of characters and storylines.

Additionally, the book deals with some dark and unsettling themes, which may not be suitable for all readers. Despite these minor concerns, The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan is a highly recommended read for fans of the comic book genre. The quality of Carey’s writing is exceptional, and the book is a testament to his skill as a storyteller.

The themes and ideas explored in the book are both compelling and thought-provoking, making this volume a must-read for anyone who enjoys narratives that challenge them to think deeply about the world around them. In conclusion, The Unwritten, Vol.

4: Leviathan is an exceptional work of comic book storytelling that is sure to delight and captivate readers. With its expertly crafted characters, immersive setting, and provocative themes, this volume is a standout addition to the series and a triumph for author Mike Carey.

Fans of the genre will find much to love in this book, and newcomers to the series should not hesitate to jump in and discover the world of The Unwritten for themselves. Overall, this volume earns a high recommendation and a rating of 4.5 stars out of 5.