GLX reviews The Unwritten #34.
Credits & Solicit Info:
Writer - Mike Carey
Penciller - Peter Gross
Finishes - M.K. Perker
Colorist - Chris Chuckry
Tom has fought his way through to the holy of holies, where the Cabal's high council sits in judgment over the world. But stripped of his magical powers, he's just one man against a vast machine – and against the even more sinister power that lurks behind it.
The Unwritten has been heating up and I'm not just talking about the conflicts within the characters' world. While The Unwritten has been a fairly solid title, I must admit that the current storyline started off weak. That being said, this title has been thoroughly entertaining and this issue is another example of this title's excellence.
The two opposing sides within this issue are portrayed naturally. Their actions make sense and follow plausible logic, even when emotion clouds their judgment. Mike Carey handles the strengths and faults of each side without making either side too efficient or too idiotic. While logical story progression is important, a story needs cool, memorable moments in order to make it stand out. Thankfully, The Unwritten #34 delivers with Tommy Taylor's takedown of some of The Unwritten's higher-ups. Its strength comes not from the actual content, but the execution. There are lesser comics on the shelves that do so little with much more powerful forces and conflicts to match their power. Carey goes out of his way to make each page demand the reader's attention.
Carey's script is nicely complimented by the work of Peter Gross, M.K. Perker and Chris Chuckry. While their work may not be the most awe-inspiring on the market, it feels at home in The Unwritten. Gross and company portray believable characters, well-depicted environments and strong storytelling on each page.
The Unwritten #34 is another great issue in the series. It delivers a solid read without resorting to cheap tricks to make the reader care for what happens next. I hope that Carey and Gross can keep delivering the goods with future issues.
8* out of 10*
Review by: GLX