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Unfollow Vol. 1

Vertigo/DC

Jun 28, 2016 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share


What would you do if you were a 24-year-old social media mogul dying of an incurable disease? Larry Ferrell, a billionaire 18 times over in Rob Williams’ immediately engrossing Unfollow, uses his wealth to show humankind’s true colors. Ferrell randomly selects 140 people from around the globe and flies them to his private island, where he informs them that when he dies, his estate will be divided equally between them. Immediately, each of them, some already wealthy, inherits over $130 million. However, if one or more of the 140 dies, then Ferrell’s fortune is split between the survivors; the more people who die, the wealthier each survivor becomes.

Unfollow recalls The Hunger Games and Battle Royale, but it’s a gripping story with its own unmistakable identity. Artists Mike Dowling and R.M. Guéra cleverly help realize Williams’ vision, promising to bring life (and death) to 140 different characters (we only focus on about a dozen in the first volume), each with his or her own set of rules, beliefs, and skeletons in the closet. From page one, the intrigue of Ferrell’s decision to “randomly” select 140 people, coupled with the fluid morality of each of those people, makes Unfollow impossible to put down. Click the “like” button on this one, and then run to your comic book shop for more (Vol. 1 collects issues 1-6; issue #9 hits shelves July 6). (www.vertigocomics.com)

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