Review: Cryptocracy #1

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For time beyond memory, the Nine Families watched from the shadows, believing themselves shepherds and manipulating whole societies as they saw fit. Nothing happened that they didn’t observe or control. Outsiders knew naught of the Families, much less threatened them. Until now.

Writer Van Jensen creates something where what is real is an illusion, and what is truly real is buried in fiction, and conspiracies. There’s a blending of this version of realism, fantasy, and conspiracies as he delves deep into the secretive Cryptoracy and the nine families that rule the world. He even manages to sneak in a few bits of humor here and there. It all comes together to make this premiere issue oddly intriguing.

The art by Pete Woods is clear cut and shows a great degree of realism which is impressive considering the concept. Some of the stranger sights in this comic are actually better for it and don’t feel out of place. I won’t reveal what they are but, they are surprising, to say the least.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 9.0 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse Comics provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review