Not all heroes and villains come equipped with capes and maniacal laughs. And if you are looking for a good versus evil, superhero-ish comic then you have come to the wrong place. But if you are looking for a good story, an entirely plausible tale, then Hactivity: Private Data is for you. There is not a thing in this comic that couldn’t come true in the near future. What you think of as privacy is merely an illusion, my friends. And this webcomic turned graphic novel will show you why.
Shawn Harris, also known as T.F. in the cyber realms, has done the unthinkable. He has hacked into multiple government databases and released classified information to the public. The fact that the information he released was all focused on how our government agencies were watching everyday citizens is beside the point. Or is it? Having grown tired of the way the FBI, NSA, and other entities were going about their business at the expense of the common man, Shawn decided to warn his fellow Americans by shedding light on their dark little secrets. And they, in turn, arrested him.
Every once in a while I have an author, or their representative, reach out to me regarding a new book they want introduced to our readers. That being said, while I try to read everything that is sent to me, I don’t always get a chance to review the works for one reason or another. When Kaylan Amberik‘s husband sent me a message and a link, I was intrigued about her short story compilation she aptly named Night Light. I will admit, in this case, I definitely judged a book by its cover. The gaslight featured so prominently drew me in and piqued my curiosity.
A small book — actually it’s essentially a novella-length work — it contains ten tales that range from just a trio of pages to those of a more standard length short story. Some seem like modern fiction with a dark twist, whereas others have a very Poe-like quality to them (I must also say that I’m writing this review on what would be his 205th birthday). Having said this, I do want to call out a few of my favorite stories here, without spoilers (of course).