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Published on April 25th, 2012 | by Ben Erickson

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Preview – World War Hack

Inspired by true events, World War Hack tells the story of how the U.S. Government gathers top computer hackers from around the country, under the guise of a competition, to unknowingly help solve a pressing national security crisis. Little does the government know that eighteen-year-old hacker, Wyatt Dyer, is both the cause and solution to their crisis.

I recently got a chance to take a look at World War Hack, the upcoming graphic novel from Viper Comics. Let me tell you that you all are in for a treat.

Written by Ethan Bull and illustrated by Tsubasa Yozora, World War Hack is a roller-coaster ride from the beginning to the end. It is incredibly smartly written, tightly plotted, and very well paced. In fact, the only thing that I wish was different about this book was the length. At 72 pages, it felt like I had to put it down too soon.

The book begins with an unmanned aircraft drone being taken over by unknown hackers and having it turn on friendly forces. As the various agency heads discuss what they should do about the situation, they hit on hosting a “hacking competition,” gathering known hackers from around the in an attempt to either outright catch the person(s) responsible or at the very least figure out what the hackers were able to do and stop their access before something worse happens.The idea made me laugh out loud at first, but upon finding that this is actually a tactic used by governments to recruit the best and brightest programming minds as well as to turn possible “black hat” hackers into “white hats,” I was quickly drawn back into the book.

The book takes some interesting twists and turns through the pages. A few of them do require some suspension of disbelief, but those are done in a way that it is very enjoyable to read, and they come of as Shakespearean twists.

The art is not your typical four-color comic art. It is a style all of its own, very down to earth, and grounded in reality. It is crisp, and it is clear as to what was going on in the panels, something that can get a little muddled in a lot of comic books.

While the book does deal with hacking and computer systems at a very high level, it never got to the point where it was hard to follow what was going on. The jargon is kept to a minimum and the explanations are such that even someone with limited computer programming skills (read, this reviewer) is able to keep up with what is going on. So don’t let a fear of that stop you from giving this book a try.

World War Hack comes out April 30th from Viper Comics. You can still pre-order your copy directly from their website. The book has a sticker price of $7.95 and is very worth that price. Check it out.

We’ll leave you with the trailer for the book from Viper’s website.

 

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