Hacktivist #1

Hacktivist #1

Writer: Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly Artist: Marcus To Publisher: Archaia Studio Press Release Date: January 22, 2014 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 20 User Reviews: 1
7.7Critic Rating
9.0User Rating

WHY WE LOVE IT: From the creative mind of Alyssa Milano, with artist Marcus To (Huntress, Red Robin), and writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly, Hacktivist is a fastpaced cyberthriller about friendship and freedom in a time war.
WHY YOU WILL LOVE IT: Fantastic characters and stunning action set pieces, beautifully illustrated by Marcus To (Cyborg 009, Red Robin) and Eisnernominated colorist Ian Herring (Jim Henson's Tale of Sand).
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft are young, brilliant, and the cofounders of YourLife, a social networking company that has changed the way the world stays connected. In secret, these best friends are also "sve_Urs3lf," the largest, whitehat hacking group on the planet, exposing information and sparking revolutions across the globe.

  • 9.5
    Comicosity - John Ernenputsch Jan 25, 2014

    The first issue of Hacktivist is a stellar debut that shouldn't be overlooked or overshadowed by Alyssa Milano's name on the cover. It is a book in its substance and style that truly feels like a comic that is a product of the times, and one inspired by people and ideas that have become everyday topics of conversation over the past few years. Above all, it is a comic that is beautifully put together and well done in all facets of comic book creation. Do yourself a favor and check out the first issue, and see if you are as excited as I am to see where it goes next. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jim Johnson Jan 6, 2014

    While social revolutions take place very visibly around the world, there is the implied notion here that there could very well be cyber-revolutions taking place very quietly, wirelessly, in conjunction with them. "Hacktivist" #1 is a comic that inspires thought, both wondrous and fearful. Milano's idea is an incredibly important and relevant one that's brilliantly brought to life by all creators involved. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comic Spectrum - Bob Bretall Jan 28, 2014

    Do yourself a favor and check this book out. The story is something that could happen, and I can't help but think maybe we'd be better off if it DID happen. As the first offering from Archaia's 'Black Label' imprint published by Boom! this is a home run. I am going to be keeping my eye out for more from these creators and the Black Label imprint if this is the quality of the comics they're going to be putting out. The bar has been set. I'm looking forward to the rest of this series, this is on my "must buy" list. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Flip Geeks - Ryan Villanueva Jan 29, 2014

    Hacktivist tells a story relevant to the world we live in today. Hacktivist explores the possibility of how powerful social media can be, how it can be bring change and revolution to society. In recent years we've learned how social media helped social media sparked revolutions in bringing down governments and regimes and that's what could have inspired the creation of Hacktivist. After reading the first issue Im now interested as to how the story develops as this book is only a 4 part series (which I think is a short number of issues for a story of this scope). This has been another suprising treat for me, never expected Hacktivist to be this good, it's a good choice to include it in your pick list this week. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Jan 21, 2014

    Stories are often best when they reflect the modern world we live in. They're great when they get us to think about that world. Hacktivist looks like it's going in that direction, an old world form of communication commenting on a new world form of communication. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Geeked Out Nation - Jess Camacho Jan 22, 2014

    Hacktivist does however run the risk of feeling a bit rushed. I think this story could easily carry a 10-12 issue run. Despite this, Hacktivist #1 is a comic that cannot be missed by anyone.This serieswants to be relevant in today's world and it is rare that a comic does this. The greatest comics do this and if Hactivist continues to this it will be a contender for best mini series of 2014. Do yourself a favor and buy this comic today. If you aren't following the news closely it will most definitely open your eyes to what's happening in the world. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - Abhinav Jain Jan 25, 2014

    With the art, we have Marcus To on the pencils with Ian Herring on the colours and Deron Bennett on the letters. The art isn't really all that remarkable but it gets the job done and all the characters and scenes are drawn well too. I don't really have any complaints about the artwork. In a standout moment, we get to see how the interface for YourLife, the social network presented in the comic, looks like and how an influential user like Nick Graft, the aforementioned co-owner of YourLife, can affect things with a simple message. The message certainly does not need any verbal translation. The art does all the work there quite beautifully. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Jan 21, 2014

    Hacktivist has the potential to be great. The first issue rolls out a couple of interesting characters. They could end up being cookie-cutter characters, but they could also be something special. The opening issue feels a little disjointed but at least we get a good idea of what the plot elements will be for this mini-series. The pieces are in place and hopefully this mini-series will pull it all together before it's done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Michael Moccio Jan 22, 2014

    The book draws readers into the narrative with their stunning visuals, fleshed out, dynamic characters, and interesting premise. The creators at Archaia have caught our attention; let's see what they can do with it. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jan 22, 2014

    Want some real life espionage with hacker tendencies? Check this book out or a hacker you are not! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Bastards - Carl Boehm Jan 22, 2014

    This comic is entertaining and socially relevant. Any person enthralled by social media will find Hacktivist a smart book that delivers great storytelling through interesting characters and relevant social criticism. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Jan 22, 2014

    HACKTIVIST is a story that feels like more than just a regular comic book story. Alyssa Milano, Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly do a great job introducing us to this realistic world and you'll find yourself wondering how this could play out in the real world. Marcus To and Ian Herring provide some great-looking art and colors. Grab yourself a copy and check out the story. You'll thank me later. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Following The Nerd - Spin Dash Jan 24, 2014

    This book was interesting to say the least. The premise is actually pretty engaging and the story does seem like something you would see out of a big budget Hollywood film. Though I have seen many who have taken shots at the writing and I have even seen trolls attacking the writers and the creator (one decided to input into a tweet conversation I was having with writer Lanzing). However I urge you the readers to make your own opinion on the material. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - John Yohe Feb 3, 2014

    Still the story is engaging, and I'm glad to see graphic novel folks taking on the real bad guys of the world, and not just the cops or the Mafia. Illustrator Marcus To does a good job of creating tension and energy in the otherwise seemingly bland action of typing on a keyboard, though the stakes in the story are high at points, with the two main characters, hacking into the Tunisian government, and the country's entire internet system, itself. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Comics: The Gathering - lucstclair Jan 21, 2014

    I’ve always found reviewing individual comics harder to write, because its part of a story arc, an unfinished product, which is why I’m giving this a 7, but I definitely see the potential and look forward to reading the next three issues. In the comic book medium, we are constantly bombarded with superheroes and super villains, big guns, big pects and even bigger breasts. There’s nothing wrong with that, but if you’re looking something different with some intelligence and closer to humanity’s heart, this could be the comic you’re looking for. Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    IGN - Melissa Grey Jan 22, 2014

    Hacktivist #1 tries to capitalize on the idea of revolution in a tech-oriented world and comes up short. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Rhymes With Geek - Kyle Overkill Jan 21, 2014

    If the topics covered in Hacktavist interest you, then you might be able to bypass the slow start, but if you go in with no added interest there is little to be had here. This is only issue one of a four issue mini series and if some of the ideas are fleshed out more it could come together in the end. However, a first issue is your chance to grab a reader and make them come back for more, especially with a book that only has four issues to tell its story, and Hacktavist just has no bite to it. Most readers will want to .sve_Urs3lf the 3.99 and wait to see how this story pans out as a whole Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    CHUD - Adam X. Smith Jan 25, 2014

    It goes to show that, even with the infinite freedom of expression that the comic book format allows for, you can't make good storytelling appear out of nothing. That's probably a little harsh " the book isn't terrible, and since it's a four-parter and not an ongoing, I'd probably read it again just to see if it gets its act together. It's over-priced at $3.99, but for something that didn't cost me a dime, you could do a lot worse. I'll keep you posted if anyone else can summon any enthusiasm for it. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Bloody Disgusting - Jimbus_Christ Jan 22, 2014

    Hacker stories are steeped in a world that most of society isnt privy to. Lanzing and Kelly make no attempt to make this strange world familiar, instead they push it into a realm of intangibility and hope that well hold on for the ride. Sadly Ive lost interest in the trust fund heroes who hack with absolutely no explanation of how they pull it off. Perhaps the answers Im looking for will come with time, but as far as first issues go Hacktivist leaves many things to be desired. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    Newsarama - Aaron Duran Jan 24, 2014

    Hacktivist has good ideas that given more time to gel might have made for a strong debut. As it stands, it's too safe and middle of the road. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Master Destructo Jan 24, 2014

    Overall, I was pleasantly surprised and impressed with this first issue. The cover image is a little misleading, in that it seems our main characters (at least thus far) are a pair of Zuckerberg-like billionaires. In the issue's opening sequence (which culminates in a chill-bump inducing double splash) they use their hacking prowess to create an opportunity for Arab Spring freedom fighters. The occasional "good billionaire" fantasy can be an enjoyable one (see Edmond Dantes, Batman). The personalities of the two protagonists(?) are sketched out pretty thoroughly already, and I'm looking forward to learning more of the various machinations that are transpiring.

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