Or rather, as seen in this gorgeous Peter Gross/Mark Buckingham-drawn teaser image, the cast of Fables literally drag Tommy Taylor into their world.
Vertigo have released this promo for May’s issue #50 of Mike Carey’s excellent series, kicking off an arc which will see the book head into the world of Bill WIllingham’s Fables, as the cast explore the idea of comics as literature. Colours are by Chris Chuckry.
It’s a great idea — the written word isn’t solely owned by novels, and it’ll be interesting to see how Carey tackles things. As a novelist and comic book writer, he should have an entertaining take on the differences between them, and how they interact with each other. This also seems like it may be a good jumping on point – and will only take place in The Unwritten, and not in the Fables series itself.
This does cause many headaches, however. Does this mean that Fables is a comic book in the Unwritten universe? Or does this mean that Fables is a separate dimension to Unwritten? By writing this story, do they now enter the same shared universe, in which literature has come to life and entered the real world alongside the fictional world? And by reading this arc, are we now drawn into that shared universe too?