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