I’m not sure if I need some sort of introductory sentence or paragraph here; it feels like I should have something before jumping straight into the notes. Like this, for example.
This issue, while still enjoyable and moving the story along, feels the closest to filling out a story arc for the trade paperback I’ve read from Willingham. Not a lot happens and we get small bits for different characters, even though it’s all done with the usual elan of Willingham and Buckingham. However, the best part is Bufkin, our heroic flying monkey, as he takes charge of the remains of creatures left in the business office and tricks a djinn back into his bottle. As The Mirror puts it, when asked of Bufkin’s powers by Baba Yaga: ‘He reads. He reads everything.’
Liberty Comics #2
Anthology charity comics are immune to commentary because it would be ungracious to say anything uncomplimentary. The intention is noble and the artists provide their services for free, so that’s all that matters. There is some very nice art in this from the likes of Ben Templesmith, Stuart Immonen, Paul Grist and especially Jim Lee, illustrating a Neil Gaiman story called A Hundred Words. I’ll leave it at that, and say that you should have bought this book as a way to donate to CBLDF.
The Unwritten #6
After the story about Rudyard Kipling last issue, this issue finds us back with Tommy Taylor being transferred to Donostia Prison in the town of Roncevaux, France, where The Song of Roland happened. There’s a lot going on in this book: someone is communicating with Lizzie Hexam through books and she gets herself arrested for murder so she can help Tommy; Tommy, I mean Tom, relates the story of the massacre at Roncevaux, and seems to be channelling the spirit of … someone; the governor of the prison reads Tommy Taylor stories to his kids, who really believe them; and someone visits Tom in prison. This is a really good book, and I hope it is the new breakout book for Vertigo because it deserves it. I can’t wait to see where this goes.