Created by Alyssa Milano
Written by Collin Kelly & Jackson Lanzing
Illustrated by Marcus To
Colors by Ian Herring with Becka Kenzie
Letters by Deron Bennett
Published by Archaia
Release Date: 07/29/2015
One of our best reviewed comics of last year was Alyssa Milano’s HACKTIVIST. Her collaboration with creators Jackson Lanzing, Collin Kelly, and Marcus To resulted in an incredibly fortuitous well-timed story that was both socially relevant and wildly engaging. My only complaint with the first volume was it felt like the story was being rushed and trimmed, and ended with so much more needing to be told. This week that missing act of closure finally sees some relief, as the same creative team returns with the first issue of HACKTIVIST VOLUME 2.
A big part of what made the first volume so compelling was the method in which writers Collin Kelly (Maze Runner) and Jackson Lanzing (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures) were able to combine socially relevant issues with a dramatic, technologically saturated script, giving readers one of the better political thrillers of 2014. Issue one takes us six months after the events of issue four and the alleged death of Ed Hiccox, thrusting readers back into that same chaotic algorithm that is Hacktivist.
We have coordinated phone hacks, data mining, congressional hearings, digital ghosts, physical ghosts, revolutionaries, and the return of .SVE_URS3Lf, but all is not as it seems. We have Nate Graft, now the Director of Operations for VIGIL, a government interagency Cyber-Crime Task Force, who already conflicted is about to uncover a revelation that is more sinister and violent than anything he has faced before. One thing, notably absent in this first issue is Sirine, who I personally felt we did not get enough of last year. Let’s hope this gets remedied and fast!
Marcus To (Red Robin) brings a strong work ethic that results in beautiful illustrations. Combine that with the colors from Ian Herring and Beck Kenzie, whose strong use of blues and reds shines in this first issue, giving us page after page of absolute splendor. Throw in strong storytelling from the duo of Kelly and Lanzing, backed up by the creative mind of the incredibly talented Milano, and we have ourselves the next chapter of Hacktivist and an unquestionable comic book win!
REVIEW: HACKTIVIST VOL. 2 #1
Peter Rodriguez (Geek Sushi)