Comic Book Review: Unfollow #16


Not going to lie, that was one hell of a jump through time we took through the world of Unfollow. A lot of our favorite characters have been twisted into something new having adapted to this dangerous world of greed and selfishness. The hunted have now become hunters as the last survivors of the 140 List prepare to meet their maker in the heart of the Amazon. This is where we have wanted to be since the minute this social experiment began.

While Dave, Deacon, Courtney and Ravan make their way to Larry Ferrell, it was hard not to wonder about the things we have missed during that jump through time. I mean Courtney and Dave are a thing, there’s tension between Dave and Ravan, and Rubinstein who you thought would be such a big player even now was already dealt with. There’s so much to deal with and so much you want to understand while still anticipating what’s to come. With that said, their conversations with one another spoke volumes. It said a lot about where they are all at mentally. This was that time for us to grasp the weight they are all feeling at this point and the violence around them had different affects. The hate, motivation, and instigation among them for now was all you needed to take us into what may be a point of no return. Well when they use the word final to describe this confrontation, it might as well be.

When the action started, the execution catches you off guard just as many things do tend to in Unfollow. Again with so many things going on personally throughout this story, it was hard to prepare yourself for what would happen when either side would make their move.

Ferrell at this stage really comes into the role he hid from all this time. Since we saw the real Larry through the one-shot issue, it was easy to see through the charade of a once dying man. We simply needed to see his true colors manifest as they are now. While Rubinstein was fun for his unpredictability, Ferrell has developed into more of a force to be reckoned with embracing his nihilistic views of the world. I mean the question still remains why now with maybe 40 people left of the 140, but better now than later or never in my opinion. He made his presence known in such a way that shakes this world to the core.

There’s a new development here that swiftly turned this head. One particular scene leaves you scratching your head, but as for what has become of Akira’s app? That blows you away a little bit because you could not have foreseen the impact this guy could really have on people’s lives from beyond the grave. This plays so strongly into the things real people cling to for hope in our world. To the point where the truth is almost cringeworthy. I myself find a love/hate feeling with Rob Williams during this part considering how close he pays attention to the way the world works right now. Sums up the biggest problem with the age of social media. You get what you want, do what you want, and get away with what you like because?…. “We have more followers than you”.

Now when it was questioned as to what will become of Rubinstein’s mask when it returns home, there may have been some assumptions as to something unnatural about it to expect. However what becomes of this question was quite the shocker.

For this issue the art team I felt treated us to understanding where these characters are at visually. It’s not enough to simply change their dialogue and attitude, their appearances have to reflect this. Dave has matured to that point where you look at him and see any other person who might just shoot you if you pissed him off. It was now that you could also take in the extra shading Dowling has been adding for that dark touch to the atmosphere. It makes you look at some of the characters a bit more seriously. Courtney’s hair style speaks to someone who is ready to fight back, while her expression captures someone who has conflicting feelings towards what she has already been through. Then you have someone like Ferrell who carries himself content with what he gained through putting these people through hell. Winter’s colors as usual carried the grounded value to it which make all of this real. Or natural I should say. I love that no matter how crazy thing get, Winter doesn’t sacrifice what looks believable by overpowering a scene with colors too strong. He gets it just right even during what was a page turner involving the Akira app.

Everything we once knew about the Unfollow we can pretty much toss out the window right now. The players have evolved, the stakes have been raised, and no person doesn’t feel the effect of Ferrell bearing the fruits of his experiment. Social media can be a blessing and a curse these days, though Unfollow takes great pleasure in hitting us with the blunt truth about the way it has taken over our lives.

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