ISSUE TWO, Four Virtues and a Vice
Hacktivist Issue Two dropped last week, which means we've had a week to process the love; thank you so much to everyone who picked it up, everyone who reached out, and everyone who told their friends! The outpouring of support we've felt from the fans has been outstanding; after years of having our work go unnoticed, it's utterly fantastic for this book - which we really wrote from our heart, pouring our everything into it - to be finding an audience.
With time comes another batch of reviews!
Newsarama gave us a 7/10, and took the time to give Marcus and Ian the props they deserve, pointing out how "These two really know how to complement each other as To borders the line between realistic and traditional to capture a world that looks just like ours", while Ian's "luminescent coloring" brings the images to life. We could not agree more - these two are unqualified rockstars, and we're all insanely lucky to be witnessing such quality work.
Geeked Out Nation (7.7/10) really got into the swing of issue two, claiming that Hacktivist is "one of the more important narratives told by any comic series going right now." Thank you very kindly.
The fine people over at Living Myth Media gave us 4.5 little symbol things (their highest rating for the week) really nicely summed up something we've been pushing since the beginning; that even though it's a very complicated subject,it's "presented in such a way that it doesn't feel that way, and it manages to avoid making caricatures out of their villains, allowing them to be the complex people they need to be in order to make this story resonant and powerful."
And then we heard from Comic Bastards, who not only gave us a 10 of 10, but handed over what may be the most fantastic compliment to our work I've ever heard:
Lastly, we have the highest profile take-down piece yet, by the hateful and brilliant minds over at Motherboard.Vice. Now, Vice Magazine, to those who don't know, basically delights in cutting things down, using deconstruction to reveal flaws and mockery to highlight that twisted, hateful truth of this modern Century. Personally, I love what they do, so to see our work getting coverage was a huge honor. Though it's not a particularly kind review, the burn is mitigated by a simple fact: In their first paragraph, they add the caveat, "Not to say that the comic isn't entertaining, well-executed and pertinent to the twenty-first century..." Thanks Vice, we're gonna pull that quote for the hard cover!
Thanks everyone for reading, and stay tuned - Issue Two might have been explosive, but Issue Three is going to be [redacted].