The Unwritten #1, 2009, Vertigo Comics (DC), Cover by Yuko Shimizu.
The POP Retro Cover Of The Week continues its examination and celebration of iconic comic covers from the 1970s through the 2000s, this week returning to the Aughts. when DC’s Vertigo Comics imprint was still creating imaginative titles like The Unwritten.
Imagine if J.K Rowling had been inspired by an actual English lad named Harry Potter, and modeled the boy wizard after him, in her mega-successful books.
Now imagine if the boy grew up to actually develop magical abilities, and began being hunted by an ancient order that has never been mentioned anywhere in history books? To learn more about himself, the boy begins to search everywhere in the world where reality and fiction have met. Along the way, he discovers just as much about this unknown order and the conspiracy/mystery/plot they are at the center of.
Cover artist Yuko Shimizu introduces us to this series with the lead character levitating above a book. In a brilliant interpretation and a striking image, Shimizu depicts detailed tendrils of words wrapped around him. He doesn’t look in distress, so perhaps he is in control of his situation? Either the words are flowing from the book, or flowing into it…which is it? Perhaps his discoveries are been written along the way?
Even the comic title logo has been cleverly designed to reflect the nature of the story. Each letter of the font is incomplete, as if it weren’t completely written, or was being unwritten. A simply clever and mysterious Retro Cover Of The Week!
Next week: The Retro Cover Of The Week starts the cycle again, back in the 1960s!