Review: Hacktivist #2 – Not Everyone Can Be Trusted
It’s very rare that I feel this connected to a comic book on a philosophical level. This comic shines a spotlight on issues in today’s society that should be more in the forefront of our minds. Since Hacktivist is a mini series, it’s important for you to read issue one before you jump on here. You won’t be sure what’s happening as this installment picks up with a plot thread from the first issue. With that said, there will be some minor spoilers in this review.
The second part of Hacktivist begins with Ed and Nate giving in and going along with the offer the United States government has given them. Nate, more so than Ed, is excited. The major differences between these two are showing as Nate is more concerned with making money and making their social networking platform YourLife, the center of their work. Ed on the other hand, sees a bigger picture and wants to use his technology and power for the “people” and feels that working with the government in this capacity is wrong. Ed is not one to sit on his hands and do nothing though and manufactures a plan that puts him on the run sending us into the second half of this miniseries and leaving you wanting more immediately.
I honestly can’t believe how much was packed into this one issue. I mean that in the best way possible. I was worried with just four issues that this would feel rushed, but the writing team has clearly taken the time to plan out this series. In just one issue we get insight into the relationship between Ed and Nate, an almost espionage feeling thriller and more social commentary. The story flows extremely well and in a short miniseries you don’t want to end up feeling like you were short changed. That’s not what’s happening here, however I would not mind if this series went on a bit longer.
Ed is a fascinating character. There’s an attempt to make him into an Edward Snowden type of figure but I’m not sure if that’s entirely possible in just four issues. I think there would need to be more exploration of this man. However it is clear that he is supposed to be our hero and as the reader I can get behind him. Ed is relatable for a lot of people who are paying attention to what’s going on in the Ukraine and in the Middle East. We know there are problems and we want to fix them. The difference between us and Ed is that he has the “power” and ability to actually do something. That’s his point in all that he does. The technological work he and Nate does is to meet a bigger end than making money. What makes him interesting though, whether good or bad, is that as the reader you wonder whether he’s the person to lead anything. Is what he wants the correct thing for everyone? This is also one of the few comics that is attempting to build a story in a realistic version of the United States with the federal government in the villain role.
Hacktivist is an important story. Unlike most mainstream comics, it is attempting to do something relevant. At times it may come off a little heavy handed, it’s still an important tale. Comics reach so many different people and every once in a while we need to be reminded that there are serious things going on in this world. While Hacktivist is entertaining, it is one of the more important narratives told by any comic series going right now.