Unfollow (Vol #1) Comic Book Review

A dying social media mogul leaves his billions to be split evenly between 140 random people--or 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 we're all still part of the food chain. 

 Unfollow is both easy to understand and yet utterly baffling. The inventor of not-twitter-but-it-is is dying and he's got some dude to create a program that randomly selects 140 people across the world to win a share of his fortune. The 140 wake up to find themselves millionaires overnight and steadily get richer whenever the another user dies.

That's the easy part. Here's the confusing parts - there's this one asshat in a mask. He kills the guy who created the app (not really a spoiler as this is literally the very first thing that happens in the comic) and people keep saying to him "you're not wearing a mask". Also the mask moves at one point. I know nothing about him other than he's rather angry about everything but I don't understand why.

This other guy whose name escapes me, I'll call him Dave. He's very much the main character as he gets the most page time (although personally I'm all for the possibly not delusional God worshipper) and he doesn't really do much. However he keeps seeing large cats that talk to him so there's that.
This really left more questions that answers. The 140 know how many people are left due to an app that ticks down when someone dies. However I don't know how the technology works to know that someone's died? Also there's this whole thing when if someone dies all the money returns to the estate or whatever only to be recounted and returned back to what's left of the 140. So if you're throwing wild parties like Dave you're going to be very, very overdrawn quickly.

Despite all that I kinda enjoyed it, the covers are eye catching and the whole thing is an easy, quick read. There's more questions than answers, so I'll keep reading to see where it takes me next. I just hope it gets better and not worse, as the countdown itself is ticking down very, very slowly.

3/5

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