Reading the latest side-story issue of Unwritten, all I could think about was how Carey and Gross should never stop the series, they should also spin out some of these side-stories.
I guess they call these side-stories one-shots. Anyway. This one, “Willowbank Tales,” has more than enough promise to hold at least three issues.
It’s about a Wind in the Willows type place—albeit with less literary import—where some guy who wrong Wilson Taylor finds himself exiled. He’s the bunny rabbit and he’s got a foul mouth and plans for committing mass murder if need be to escape.
The issue manages to be funny and touching. Gross, with inker Kurt Higgins, create a precious cast of animals; it’s hard to dislike them, even if they are brainless.
It also gives Carey a chance to riff about the nature of children’s literature for a couple pages.
Eliza Mae Hertford’s Willowbank Tales; writer, Mike Carey; artists, Peter Gross and Kurt Higgins; colorist, Zelda Devon; letterer, Todd Klein; editor, Pornsak Pichetshote; publisher, Vertigo.