Un­fol­low

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Re­viewed: Is­sue 1

Writer: Rob Wil­liams

Artist: Michael Dowling

Pub­lisher: DC Ver­tigo

For­mat: On­go­ing De­but­ing this Novem­ber, Un­fol­low is a so­cial-me­diath­emed thriller from 2000 AD and Mar­tian Man­hunter’s Rob Wil­liams, with art by Death Sen­tence co-cre­ator Michael Dowling.

Wil­liams sets out his stall early on. A man is hounded to his death by a sin­is­ter masked fig­ure, while the back­story is de­liv­ered in the form of tweets. The mys­tery of who the killer is doesn’t last long. We im­me­di­ately dis­cover that he’s an agent work­ing for Larry Fer­rell – a ter­mi­nally ill bil­lion­aire who has de­cided to do­nate his for­tune to 140 in­di­vid­ual peo­ple (or rather, char­ac­ters – the joke only works that way). What should be a golden ticket be­gins to look an aw­ful lot like a death sen­tence...

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This is­sue is, un­der­stand­ably, ded­i­cated to in­tro­duc­ing the cast of char­ac­ters. David is a low-level gang mem­ber, rip­ping off a phone shop. He’s quite the con­trast to Court­ney – the re­bel­lious daugh­ter of a Wall Street banker who do­nates her money to char­ity to spite her fa­ther, only to im­me­di­ately win a brand­new for­tune thanks to Fer­rell’s machi­na­tions. And there’s Ra­van, a jour­nal­ist who has seen too much of the dark side of life and is, you sus­pect, about to see a lot more.

There are shades of Bat­tle Royale here, as well as a few hints of weird sci-fi. The 140 are se­lected through an app, and there’s a spec­tral pan­ther that gives voice to Fer­rell’s ap­par­ently

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