Dave meets some of the more colorful members of the 140 and finds himself at a bit of a crossroads while Akira tries to figure out the deeper meaning behind all of this.
This is the issue where everything kicks into high gear. At the end of issue #3, readers learned where this book was headed: the more people that die in the 140, the more money each individual gets when social media tycoon, Mr. Ferrell, passes away.
Everyone is aware of the number of the 140 that are left, thanks to their phones and connectivity to social media, so the mystery isn't "why are people disappearing." The mystery here is which member or members of the 140 are killing people off?
At the same time, this issue really spends time developing a few of these characters, mainly Akira, Dave, Ravan, Deacon, and the person with the horrifying mask. With writer Rob Williams covering this much ground since these characters aren't all in the same room together, there's that fear that the book is going to feel jumpy or choppy. However, the pacing and flow of this issue works exceptionally well.
We get a better understanding for Deacon. He's crazy but not crazy in a bad way, per se. From what the reader knows about the larger context of the story, he's the kind of crazy we need, and Williams gives a bit more away about what his role in all of this is going to be. The scene between Deacon and Dave is the highlight of the issue.
Artist Michael Dowling and colorist Quinton Winter provide a visual experience that sits with the reader, one that feels haunting for all the right reasons. It's something that sits with you, and part of that comes from Winter's color palates. Everything flows together exceptionally well. this isn't a story where things need to "pop." This story requires the reader to be immersed in the story and Winter's colorwork helps with that immensely.
Unfollow continues to be one of my favorite month-to-month readers from Vertigo. It's very grounded in reality, as bizarre as that may sound, and an easy story to connect with. Williams, Dowling, and Winter have created something very accessible that's intriguing and hooks the reader in. If you're thinking about trying out a new Vertigo series, go to this one first.