By: Mike Carey & Peter Gross (script, story & layouts), Kurt Huggins & Zelda Devon (finishes & colors), Todd Klein (letters)

The Story: A Winnie-the-Poo-esque Rabbit uses all kinds of filthy words and we learn of another power that Wilson Taylor has over stories.

What’s Good: This is going to be in the running for my “issues of the year.”  We’re one-third of the way through 2010 and this is the best single issue comic I’ve read so far (in the non-spandex division…. I don’t even try to compare superheroes and other genres). If you were a huge a fan of issue #5 (the Rudyard Kipling issue), be prepared to be amazed again.  This is better. The main stars of the series do not make a single appearance and only Wilson Taylor is even mentioned by name.  It is impossible to say much more about this without getting into spoiler-territory, so if you’d like the book unruined, just skip to my score at the bottom.

This entire issue takes place in a Winnie-the-Pooh like world.  DC doesn’t have the license to those characters, so they had to change the names, but there is no doubt about what you are looking at.  The central character is Rabbit, except that Rabbit is a criminal by the name of Pauly Bruckner who used to work for Wilson Taylor.  After doing a job for Wilson, rather than pay him, Wilson forced Pauly’s consciousness into a children’s story.  How mind bending is that?  Throughout The Unwritten we’ve seen evidence that characters can leap out of stories into the real world, but now we have evidence that people can be forced into stories (against their will, to boot).

In addition to having a mind bending concept, the art is awesome!  As this book is a departure for the series, Carey and Gross brought in Huggins and Devon to help on this issue.  It looks nothing like the first 11 issues of The Unwritten; it looks like Winnie-the-Pooh.  Except the Rabbit is dropping f-bombs on the other woodland creatures as he tries to escape from book-hell.

Oh…..and we also get to see actual “book-hell” at the end of the story.

What’s Not So Good: Except for idly wishing this comic would go on for another 20 pages, I can’t think of anything.

Conclusion: This is simply the best issue of The Unwritten yet.

Grade: A

-Dean Stell

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