For her first comic book project, Alyssa Milano has produced a story ripped from WikiLeaks-driven headlines and inspired by the infamous antics of Anonymous, the hacker-activist collective. With Twitter followers in excess of 2.5 million, the actress-producer-philanthropist will be exploring social media’s expanding role in global social change in “Hacktivist,” her new graphic novel from Archaia.
Archaia’s press release for the graphic novel describes “Hacktivist” as a fast-paced cyber-thriller, following Ed Hiccox and Nate Graft, “the young founders of the world’s most innovative social media company who moonlight secretly as one of the most notorious black-hat hacker teams on the planet. When the U.S. government discovers their operation, they must face the real world beyond the code and choose between loyalty and what they believe to be is right.” Milano will co-write the graphic novel with writers Jackson Lanzing and Colin Kelly while Marcus To and colorist Ian Herring handle the art.
On the heels of an appearance at Comic-Con International in San Diego and the debut of the limited edition “Hacktivist” preview, Milano spoke with Comic Book Resources about the secret origins of her first foray into comic book writing, the real-life inspirations behind the graphic novel and more.