Quick Hits: Reviews of Unwritten #27 and Frankenstein #2

Unwritten 27

Unwritten #27: Mike Carey and Peter Gross’ Unwritten has never shied away from metatextuality, but for the first time in its run it’s now paying attention to the one form of literature that’s been staring in the face forever — comic books. Here Tom and his friends investigate a strange early superhero comic connected to his father called The Tinker, one whose main character has a few similarities to Tom himself. Meanwhile, Pullman and his cabal mount a counterstrike against our heroes, whom the world now know are still alive and kicking. So far Unwritten has kept almost exclusively to the realm of the storybook and novel; no doubt it will be interesting to see what Carey and Gross do with the art form in which they work. This issue’s but set-up for a larger story to come, but the promises of some intertextual comic criticism, as well as a little more knowledge about Wilson Taylor’s life and work, should have readers of this series quite interested. A-

Flashpoint – Frankenstein and the Creatures of the Unknown #2: As Frankenstein and his band of monsters help the fish-girl Nina search for clues to her past, the federal government’s decided to squelch their travels by sending a team of monster hunters to track them down. This is only one of two Flashpoint tie-ins I’m reading (the other being Batman: Knight of Vengeance), and it doesn’t really seem to have much to do with Flashpoint at all, but that’s fine with me. The story here’s pretty engaging, and it definitely feels like the product of writer Jeff Lemire. Actually, it’s not entire dissimilar from what Lemire’s doing in his Vertigo series Sweet Tooth, at least as far as certain plot elements are concerned; both focus on a journey of mutated outcasts searching for clues to their identities. Even though I can definitely picture Lemire’s art reading this script, penciller Ibraim Roberson does a fantastic job bringing the first half of this book to life. I was initially worried that he wouldn’t be able to live up to the shoes filled by Doug Mahnke back when Grant Morrison wrote the Frankenstein character for Seven Soldiers, but I’ve been totally impressed by Roberson and would name him a solid #2 in the Frankenstein art department. I’m less enamored with Alex Massacci, who handles pencils for the second part of this issue, though colorist Pete Pantazis does a good job of giving the book a unified feel. Overall, Frankenstein‘s a fun action/horror story and a treat for anyone who enjoys Jeff Lemire’s work in its many forms.  A-

tags: flashpoint, frankenstein, unwritten

  • http://nerdynothings.com Noah Nickels

    I can tell it’s a Lemire book when comparing the way Griffith and Bobby from Sweet Tooth talk. Its funny, Bobby’s way of talking combined with his intelligence make him endearing and a little sad. And because of the similarity in the way they talk I find a twinge of the same feeling for that dumb wolf, even though we haven’t known him long enough for it to be warranted.

  • Anonymous

    I agree, I’ve got the same thing going on! I feel like the Wolf probably isn’t as sympathetic as Bobby (only because, like you said, we know him much less) but I still feel that sadness for him.

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