Tommy Taylor and the War of Words is the sixth book (issues 31-35.5) in The Unwritten series of comics, written by Mike Carey, art by Peter Gross, with cover art by Yuko Shimizu.
[Here are my Unwritten reviews so far.]
Finished on: 5.8.2016
Tommy knows he has to confront the cabal and Pullman head-on. But that is easier said than done especially as he’s still learning about how exactly the world and his powers work. At the same time, Wilson’s diaries manage to fill in the history of the cabal, Pullman and Anna Rausch in more detail.
Tommy Taylor and the War of Words starts by filling in some blanks in the backstory of the world, but it also works to a first really big climax of the story so far, one that definitely left me excited for what’s coming next.
The last collection of issues I read felt like a lot of build-up for a big bang. At the beginning of this one I was worried that the bang wouldn’t come, as the build-up continued. Although it was interesting to get the backstory of Pullman and Rausch, I worried that it would sidetrack the actual story too much. But I needn’t have worried, because towards the end, the banging starts and it doesn’t really stop anymore. By the end, I could barely believe where the story went to – and I do wonder know where they will go next.
Regarding Rausch’s backstory [SPOILERS] I could have really done without the sexual abuse, especially of a child. The story so far had its fair share of abused children, it didn’t need sex in the mix either. And there are other ways to provide motivation for female characters. [/SPOILERS] But at least it makes sense for her as a character.
I particularly loved the last half issue where we get a look inside the cabal’s machinations from the point of view of a simple employee. That was a lovely new look at the goings-on, and did provide quite a bit of humor.
As usual, the art looks great and despite the more theoretical/philosophical thoughts behind the story, you can just breeze through the book, constantly pulled along by the story and the characters.