Hackers as heroes is not a new idea. We saw the beginnings of it back in the era of War Games. The little guy against the government. The world is a bigger and scarier place now and it’s not necessarily our own governments that hackers go up against. That’s the idea behind Hacktivist.
Two giants of social media lead a double life as hackers, using their powers for good out in the developing world. Things like smashing through a firewall to get Tunisian freedom fighters online to spread their message. The road to hell is paved with good intentions however, and the partners start to disagree with how best to use their skills in this mission. The part ways and end up working against one another, each believing he’s the good guy in the scenario.
I reviewed issue one back in January when it came out. I said at the time that, “There’s a lot of potential for good storytelling and I hope it get to fully explore that potential”. Having read the collected miniseries I’m happy to say it did fulfill much of that promise. Alyssa Milano plotted out a strong story but the writers, Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing are the ones who really bring it home. The story even touches on the difference between being a benefactor from afar and actually trying to help at the ground level of these types of conflicts. Showing how little we in the west truly understand of the struggle going on in countries where the battle for freedom rages. Marcus To’s cinematic images punctuate the story being told. The colors are rich and warm and invite you into this world in such a way that you can get lost in it.
I’m giving the collected Hactivist 4 out of 5 stars. A really good story, explored fully and told well.
Here’s glimpse of some of the pages:
Hacktivist HC (MR)
Writer: Milano, Alyssa
Artist: To, Marcus
Cover Artist: To, Marcus
Format: HARD COVER
On Sale July 16, 2014
Publisher BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: MAY141168