…and the hackers shall save them…? That’s the basic premise of Hacktivist, the new title created by Alyssa Milano and written by Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing. I suspect how you view this idea will greatly influence how much you enjoy this title.
It begins with a rebel group in Tunisia. The government has kept the internet on lockdown to keep them from spreading their message. They receive a text from SVE_URS3LF, a notorious hacker group, known for taking down big targets. It seems they are about to take down the Tunisian government’s firewall to allow the group to broadcast their message.
The hackers who enabled this? A couple of San Francisco pretty boy social media start-up guys. Their site “YourLife” is the big thing of the moment. No one seems to know of their sideline. They seem to disagree about which areas of their work is the sideline and which should be the focus. After a falling out one of the partners discovers they may not be as anonymous as they think they are.
I can’t deny I tend to be a bit iffy with celebrity comics. They often seem thrown together and amateurish. Hacktivist is neither of those things. It’s good storytelling and excellent art. Still it felt a little self-important, at least in the first half. As I mentioned in the beginning, a personal bias may effect your take on the story and my own bias is that I really don’t buy into the idea of hackers being the heroes of the world. Still it tightened up a bit more toward the end and frankly had the feel of the first episode of a television show, in a good way. There’s a lot of potential for good storytelling and I hope it get to fully explore that potential.
I’m giving Hacktivist 3 out of 5 stars for that potential.
Creator: Alyssa Milano
Writers: Collin Kelly and Jackson Lanzing
Artist: To, Marcus
Cover Artist: To, Marcus
On Sale: January 22, 2014
Publisher: BOOM! Studios
Diamond Id: NOV130890