Total HACKS by Brian Hickey and Paddy Lennon

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Over the past few years there has been a propensity of books being funded and sold throughout the online fandom, many of them being done through Kickstarter.  Brian Hickey and Paddy Lennon (who frequently appear on the always entertaining Full Force Podcast) went another route, producing the book entirely out of pocket for sale directly to collectors.


Their work on Total Retaliation, covering the G.I. Joe: Retaliation action figure line was fantastic, and their look at (most of) Series 01 of Vitruvian HACKS is equally spectacular.  Actually, moreso in many ways.

Total HACKS is an almost 100 page coffee table book crammed full with action figure profiles, fantastic diorama shots and short fiction stories interwoven within the universe of HACKS.  It truly is a magnificent book from many different perspectives.


The action figure profiles have great images of each figure (up through Series 01 Wave 6) as well as the Skeletons, with many really fun diorama images worked in along the way.  See really awesome battle sequences, interesting connectivity with other toy lines and some fantastic conversation pieces.


Taking all of that, you then get exposure to the wider Vitruvian HACKS universe with the great short stories by Paddy Lennon mixed within the other elements.  Paddy is also the one writing the bio’s on the action figure packages, so he certainly is immersed in the HACKS universe and is the perfect choice to be telling these stories.

If you haven’t checked this book out yet, you really need to.  It’s at a discounted price at through December 31st, and it’s worth every single penny.  The quicker they sell through Total HACKS volume 1, the quicker we can get volume 2 rolling and I’m pretty fired up to see what they come up with for that.


It’s great stuff. During this awesome month-long series of sales at you need to just toss it in your cart and prepare to find new ways to love Vitruvian HACKS.

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