Title: Unwritten: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity.
Author: Mike Carey.
Artist: Peter Gross
Genre: Graphic novel, coming-of-age, fantasy, adventure.
Publication Date: January 12, 2010.
Summary: Taylor's life was screwed from go. His father created the Tommy Taylor fantasy series, boy-wizard novels with popularity on par with Harry Potter. The problem is Dad modeled the fictional epic so closely to Tom's real life that fans are constantly comparing him to his counterpart. When an enormous scandal reveals that Tom might really be a boy-wizard made flesh, Tom comes into contact with a very mysterious, very deadly group that's secretly kept tabs on him all his life. Now, to protect his own life and discover the truth behind his origins, Tom will travel the world, eventually finding himself at locations all featured on a very special map - one kept by the deadly group that charts places throughout world history where fictions have impacted and tangibly shaped reality, those stories ranging from famous literary works to folktales to pop culture. And in the process of figuring out what it all means, Tom will find himself having to figure out a huge conspiracy mystery that spans the entirety of the history of fiction.
My rating: 10/10
♥ "This is just... stories. Rumor and media craziness. If I lie low, it will blow over.
"Tommy, you're wrong. Nothing matters more than the stories we tell ourselves to explain the world."
♥ "It's... It's just a story, man! It's not worth dying for!"
"Just a story? Tell that to the Greeks who fought at Troy, Tommy. Tell the women burned as witches. The Rosenbergs. Sacco and Vanzetti. Tell the martyrs of all the religions and the millions who fell in all the wars since time began. Stories are the only thing worth dying for!"
♥ "For all your strength and cunning, Count, you're a coward at heart. And to a coward, a hero is a riddle past solving."
♥ "The world is a ridiculous place," the unicorn said. "Hard to measure. Hard to hold. Here is there, and there is everywhere."
"I have to disagree," said Tommy sternly. "Here is here. And there is there. A place for everywhere and every place in its... well, in its place."
"That would be nice," the unicorn conceded thoughtfully. "Practical, too, in a lot of ways. But sadly, it's not the way things actually work."
♥ "Fear is a serviceable tool, I suppose. Like the stalls in a battery farm. If you want to keep people from realizing their collective strength, make them too afraid of each other ever to meet or talk."