Hacktivist from Boom! Studios and Archaia makes it print debut this week and I had the chance to read the first issue from Alyssa Milano this past weekend. Milano (Who’s the Boss?, Charmed) well know for her acting roles and now for her commitment to humanitarian causes collaborated with writers Jackson Lanzing and Collin Kelly and with artist Marcus To (Red Robin) on the graphic novel mini series.
The story begins in Tunisia where a revolution is about to occur. A small group of insurrectionists led by a woman (Sirine) are aiding and protecting a professor in hopes of getting his message out. His pro freedom speeches and rallies have resulted in violent responses from the Tunisian government as they look to prevent an uprising and are in hot pursuit of the alleged rebels. What both sides don’t realize is that the revolution is about to receive some unexpected assistance from the most notorious group of hackers known as .SVE_URS3LF. What we discover immediately after this is that this group of hackers are secretly led by Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft who just so happen to be the co-founders of YourLife, the largest and most popular social networking site on the planet. Their goal is to provide information on a global level to those who may not have access to it, in hopes of creating positive movements around the world like we see at the beginning of the story. Despite some personal differences between the two, everything seems to be proceeding as planned, until Graft is confronted by the beautiful agent Brynn Ori of the C.I.A. Ori and the agency have complete knowledge of what the two hacker billionaires are doing and want to use the YourLife social network for their own agenda.
Milano has stated in interviews that her inspiration for the story came from Twitter creator and co-founder Jack Dorsey, and with the ever-growing popularity of social networking sites along with the recent controversial events surrounding the NSA, this weeks scheduled release is perfect timing. In just one issue, the creative team manages to make the readers care about not only the characters, but the story and its powerful message of the possibilities and dangers of our information age. Both riveting and clever, Hacktivist brilliantly integrates modern-day social and political elements and has all the makings of an exceptional comic book series. The first issue goes viral Wednesday, January 22. Check out the five-page preview below.