“There’s a layer of grime across the panels of this graphic novel. Cracks in the walls, trash across the surfaces, scars on the sagging bodies of whores, addicts, convicts and thugs. The torments are raw and explicit. It’s a visceral reminder that the tech revolution is not all bright and shiny.
Kevin Phenicle’s story is loosely based upon several infamous computer hackers. He starts with free phone schemes, then amps up his anger against the telcomm industry and government. Piskor unleashes a spiral of hacks, manhunt, prison, probation, more hacks, and brutal hard time.
The narrator, Kevin’s friend, attacks the authorities for what he sees as a vendetta against an essentially harmless geek. But Kevin isn’t harmless; he isn’t even very likeable. His supporters include a misguided mob of losers. And that’s credit to the strength of this book: I don’t exactly wish the best for Kevin, but I wish him better than those aligned against him.”