The Unwritten #17

Writer: Mike Carey Artist: Peter Gross Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: September 15, 2010 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 6
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Special guest artist Ryan Kelly provides finishes over Peter Gross's art for "The Lives of Lizzie Hexam: A Choose-a-Story adventure." Enter the mind of Lizzie Hexam, Tom Taylor's fervent but enigmatic guardian, and explore the contradictory, impossible events that made her what she is. Is she a victim or champion? A madwoman or a saint? That's for you and fate to decide as you pick the story's path. The multiple Eisner-nominated series tells its most ambitious stand-alone story to date in an oversized, interactive issue!

  • 10
    Comics Bulletin - Michael Roberts Sep 20, 2010

    The Unwritten is easily my favorite series on the shelves right now, and hopefully issue 17 will hook many more readers into this unexpectedly deep adventure. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics Bulletin - Matthew McLean Oct 5, 2010

    The Unwritten #17 is not a good place to start and that it is not a self-contained story is, in this reviewer's opinion, it's only failing (if you can call it that). While not a good place to start in the series, it is an excellent example of what's good about comics and what creators can do with them when they choose to step out of conventional bounds. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    cxPulp - Blake Petit Sep 18, 2010

    To do a CYOA comic book with real meat to it something with multiple endings and stories that loop around and back on themselves would probably require a volume the size of a Showcase paperback and take an awful lot of time and effort to produce. Until someone is brave enough to chance that, a giant-sized issue like this one is a lot of fun to read. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Sep 15, 2010

    This is a fun and informative read, luckily. Early pages offer many twisting and diverging paths for readers to follow. There's even one abrupt ending sequence for those who veer too far off the path. And Carey does reveal quite a bit about Lizzie's history and how she connects to both Wilson Taylor and Tom. The Unwritten is a book that likes to keep its card close to its chest most of the time, making this tale all the more refreshing. After a bit the story does get set in its way and ceases to offer any choices to the reader. At this point the act of flipping back and forth through the pages does grow a bit monotonous. The novel presentation of this issue is a fun and thematically relevant experiment, but it eventually wears out its welcome. The result is a somewhat flawed but still highly enjoyable chapter in Carey's unfolding saga. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comic Book Resources - Chad Nevett Sep 16, 2010

    "The Unwritten" #17 is an ambitious comic, but it never achieves that ambition by abandoning the concept behind the issue partway through, leaving most of the story to be read like a linear, regular story, only with a lot of flipping back and forth throughout the comic. Still, the issue is a fun one that sheds light on Lizzie and furthers her story. Numerous variations on her past are provided, giving a broad view of the character and leaving it all in the readers' hands as to what 'counts' and what doesn't. Ultimately, it's a comic that's more interesting in theory than execution. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Weekly Comic Book Review - Alex EvansShare this:FacebookStumbleUponDigg Sep 17, 2010

    A good story backs up a bold, but failed, experiment. Read Full Review

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