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Unfollow #1

Writer: Rob Williams Artist: Michael Dowling Publisher: Vertigo Release Date: November 4, 2015 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 16 User Reviews: 12
7.5Critic Rating
7.1User Rating

A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split evenly between 140 random peopleor however many of them are still alive at the moment of his death. Rob Williams (MARTIAN MANHUNTER, THE ROYALS: MASTERS OF WAR) and Michael Dowling (Death Sentence) assemble a cast that includes a young black man trying to get by in St. Louis, an Iranian reporter in need of hope, a retired special forces soldier with a strange sense of purpose, and a thrill-seeking heiress, in this thriller that shows were all still part of the food chain.

  • 9.0
    Fanboys Inc - Buddy Beaudoin Nov 5, 2015

    I loved Unfollow. I was pleasantly surprised to love Unfollow. Everything about this book works so well, and teases you just enough to keep you interested, but without really spoiling anything that theyre setting up. The creative team should be proud of the effort put into this book, and Vertigo should keep promoting the heck out it. Indie creators, take note. Well done. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Zina Hutton Nov 6, 2015

    Unfollow #1 isn't going to mess you up. What it's going to do is lull you into a false sense of security because nothing that bad happened in the opening issue and then the next thing you know, a character you've decided is your favorite will die horribly in a later issue and it will be heartbreaking. If you're interested comics about the human condition and commentary about social media that doesn't seem like it'll end in rage against the millennials, consider following Unfollow. Read Full Review

  • 8.6
    IGN - Levi Hunt Nov 5, 2015

    Unfollow is another huge success in Vertigo's recent comeback. Read Full Review

  • 8.2
    Geeked Out Nation - Jideobi Odunze Nov 4, 2015

    Unfollow #1 has so much potential as not only one that tackles familiar social and personal issues, but a build-up to a thriller that will test how far humanity can sink for the chance at more money than they will earn in a lifetime. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Graphic Policy - Troy Powell Nov 6, 2015

    The experiment showcased in Unfollow would never gain ethics approval in the real world, but I am more than happy to explore it in a fictional setting. I am hooked and cannot wait for the next issue to come out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Mat 'Inferiorego' Elfring Nov 4, 2015

    UNFOLLOW has a lot of potential, even if it doesn't have the strongest opening, for a book I had high expectations for. Williams, Dowling, and Winter debut in a solid showing and this first issue does a great job at setting up the world and the characters we'll be following early on. This is another hit from Vertigo, which has been "killing it" in the relaunch. This was the series I was most excited for in the relaunch and it does not disappoint. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Craig Neilson-Adams Nov 4, 2015

    That minor niggle aside, this is still a great start to what promises to be another fantastic series from Vertigo. For a publisher with such a storied, iconic history in the comics world, its truly exciting to see a rejuvenation like this, with bold, ambitious storytelling featuring some of the most exciting creators on the scene today. Williams and Dowling have crafted a masterful character-based thriller here, anda storythat promises to examine full spectrum of the human condition, as well as the oddly menacing nature of social media. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Nov 17, 2015

    Unfollow #1 is setting the stage for a series that looks like it will be a sweeping character-oriented mystery. Larry Ferrell, a billionaire with 800k+ twitter followers, is dying and he's planning to give his $17B away to 140 people. I'm sure there is a connection between the number of people and the number of characters in a tweet, but how exactly were they selected? And why? We don't yet have any idea, but I'm very keen to keep following Unfollow so I can find out. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicWow!TV - Bhavna Bakshi Nov 10, 2015

    This issue is well written and well drawn, but I was kind of hoping for some more momentum. Because this is the first issue, I understand why not too much happened—but we do feel a ton of intrigue. This is a really interesting concept, and I’m pretty stoked to see where it goes from here. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 5, 2015

    If youjumped from my preamble to this part, then I must confess that this comic bookhas nothing to do with condemning or exalting social media. It's more of anunfolding conspiracy that is very relevant to current events, particularly inthe tech- and app-based worlds. The characterization is good, the art is great,it's worth checking out if you like a little intrigue with your floppy books. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Jess Camacho Nov 5, 2015

    Michael Dowling's art is very, very good. I appreciate the amount of detail in each panel. There's a great level of detail on buildings, backgrounds, features like hair and wrinkles on skin. Larry, on his death bed, has a tinge of horror in his design which is a nice touch when dealing with death. The different settings all have a great deal of differentiation in them and much of that is thanks to the colorist Quinton Winter. He very nicely changes the mood in each setting and captures a true sense of light in each outdoor sequence. Dowling's character designs are nothing too fancy, but that's exactly why they work. "Unfollow" doesn't try to exist in a world different from the real one, and even the smartphones come off pretty authentic. "Unfollow" #1 does a lot to pique your interest and it does more than enough, at least for me, to ensure that I'll be here for the second issue. Read Full Review

  • 6.7
    Major Spoilers - Matthew Peterson Nov 9, 2015

    A really compelling elevator pitch and cool art, but plotting, pacing and character don't quite hit the mark. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Nov 6, 2015

    The contemporary-feeling, technological details are fun and cleverly conceived, especially how the "140" app installs itself onto phones, but so far the introduction of social media and technology hasn't given "Unfollow" any more heft or insight into the world than older dog-eat-dog survival tales. "Unfollow" #1 relies too much on its concept and doesn't make the most of the inherent tension of its premise, but the story still has time to prove itself as the exposition unfolds in the next few issues. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Doom Rocket - Scott Southard Nov 5, 2015

    The first issue of Unfollow isn't satisfying or intriguing. But it's not confounding or damnably uninteresting either. At this point, there are many more questions than answers, but the upside is that the questions are inherently intriguing. Since the plot of this series is so shrouded and the possible story directions so multitudinous, we'll need some more time to form real opinions on the success of the series. The hope is that Rob Williams treads this line thoughtfully and gives us a smart, complex critique of modern technology rather than a ludditious condemnation or an apathetic dismissal. For now, he's taken one or two small steps along that thin line, but we won't know if he remains straight and true until he's taken a few more. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    The Kliq Nation - Timdogg Nov 4, 2015

    I love the premise behind Unfollow. It should be fun to see just what a person would do if they had the opportunity to hit the lotto (more or less). It gets down to human nature, and letting the strong survive. My hope is it will still dive into what social media has done to us as a society. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    AIPT - Jordan Richards Nov 4, 2015

    Unfollow #1 is a hard one to crack. It's not poorly written or drawn by any stretch, but it's not particularly thrilling or exciting either. The story barely gets going (it felt more like this was a #0 if anything) and we don't really have much of an idea of what to expect from the comic either. Overall, even if it's not bad, I can't really recommend the comic at this current time since there isn't much to get out of it. Maybe once another issue or two comes out, then Unfollow may be worth your money. Read Full Review

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