Wednesday, November 2, 2016


Unfollow #13

A promise from beyond and a claim to fame

Akira has stopped a plane in midair and hold it at bay. He tweets about how people see celebrity as special, that we want to believe in conspiracy theories to be fact, that we need to know that superhuman are here. Because if they are not than people are lost. Akira laughs as the reaches his hand to the floating plane. To his dismay the plane goes down into the jungle next to him, where a monkey calls him an asshole.

People around the world are informed that the Akira App will launch today and that it will be the most profitable app in the short history of social media. The Yakushima plane crash had killed Akira and forty other members of the 140. Even with his death he already set in motion an app that will tell people true secrets from beyond the grave. Akira had many followers who even believed that he could read future events. Around the world Akira’s face is projected on large screens, the truth about death’s revelations countdown on the bottom of the screens.

In the Bahamas Larry Ferrell lay in a hospital bed in his home. He looks down at what is trending, which of course is Akira. Going to a past time we see Akira and another man naked in a field. Akira fascinated by a butterfly is interrupted by the other man telling him come to him to finish the sexual act. Now dressed Akira and the man are getting a warrior’s pep talk from Koichi. He is readying the soldiers, because tomorrow when the prime minister visits they were going to take his head and return the emperor to ultimate authority. Akira wants to meet Koichi because he admires his writing and wishes to show Koichi his own. Akira begs his man to introduce him to Koichi, but the man refuses. Later Akira approaches Koichi himself. Akira tells Koichi about his admirations about Koichi’s writing and ask about one of his writings relevancy on what was going down the next day. With that inquiry Koichi throws a glass at Akira’s head. Koichi exclaims he never wrote the story in question, but Akira stubbornly says yes it was, that Koichi just used a pseudonym. The story told the tale of a man who in his moment of triumph realized that he would not be remembered, just a faceless soldier, only the leader is celebrated and goes down in history. So he sabotages the revolution and decides to commit seppuku. But the man wants to be a legend not dead so instead as the cameras watch he cuts off his own legs and succeeds earning the legendary status. Finally caving Koichi bows his head and admits that he had in fact written that story. He didn’t want to admit he wrote it because it was a treatise to the self. He says he is honored to meet and fight next to Akira in the next day’s battle and gives Akira his own sword. Akira calls Akemi (a reporter) to tell her that something huge is going to happen the following day and it would be her story to write.

The warriors rush the building where the prime minister is. In horror Koichi notices the t.v crew, as a bullet goes through his head. The others are surrounded by the guards. The t.v crew tries to focus on the remanding revolutionaries but a woman is assuring him to stay on the unmasked Akira. He screams that he is the new soul of Japan and cuts his legs off with his new sword just like in the story.

Back in the present Larry clicks on Akira’s App which should foretell the secrets of death. The final words, "nothing true was ever built without sacrifice." Will Akira be able to communicate beyond the grave? Will he become a person of highest regard of the 140? Will I keep reading this book? Find out in Unfollow #14

Swirls of Japanese Culture

Well this artist was not afraid of being graphic that's for sure. Some of it was imperative to the story but some of it seemed to be there just for shock value. Depending on your artistic style this may or may not do it for you. For me it wasn’t anything spectacular, but did do well in showing a cultural setting. There was one panel where the word bang, bang, bang was written across as three men were shot down. As a superhero fan words showing action are something I’m used to and find amusing. Here it seemed a little silly in such a serious narrative. Overall the art did well in telling a story of its own and setting a tone.

I may just unfollow myself 

I am not a fan of social media so an entire series dedicated to the premise of fame through social media is not of interest for me. That is not to say that others would not find this story enjoyable. I believe this book has gained a following and is liked by many people, it just wasn’t my cup of tea. I thought some of the narrative was out of place and didn’t connect to the rest of the story. The “tweets” were nonsensical and tried to give the sense of depth without out actually saying anything meaningful; at least not to me. This is definitely not a story you can just jump into, back issues are a need to understand who the 140 are and what they are trying to accomplish. Even with researching some of the back story I still didn’t feel any connection to the plot or over-arching story. I’d have to put this book in purgatory because that where I felt I was while reading it.


Ariel DuPey | Nerd Church Radio

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