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Review: Cryptocracy #6

cryptocracy-6The Mars family base is under attack, besieged by Hum and his army of deadly cryptids. To save his people in this epic battle, Grahame must step forward as a leader, putting everything he cares about on the line to salvage the broken remains of the cryptocracy.

Things hit a stalemate in Cryptocracy #6 as the epic battle ends, with casualties on both sides. Yet something tells me this is far from the end of this series overall and that writer Van Jensen has more to come. The ending is a clear indication that more is to come, as questions still remain unanswered. Hopefully, the wait won’t be long for more issues.

The art by Pete Woods brings the brutality of battle to the forefront. The issue brings a cornucopia of cryptids on both sides, as they wage war on each other. While the explosive firefights are well done, the ending scene is a curious sight. It manages to tell one main thing, more is to come.

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

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

Review: Cryptocracy #5

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In the wake of tragedy, Grahame makes a desperate gamble for leadership of the Mars Family. But to do so, he must battle with his stepsister Temple for the Spear of Mars. Elsewhere, Bela’s document leak has brought her fame and attention, but she begins to question the motives of her new ally, Hum. Also: The Lizard Men attack!

Cryptocracy #5 finally reveals who Hum works for, a man who is supposed to be dead, so it’s a nice twist. And, if that isn’t enough another odd sub-human species is revealed in the issue. And that’s through their attack on Bela, the one women Hum trusted. Yet there is something she learns as everything goes wrong. What starts with murder, ends with a bang from writer Van Jensen.

While much has changed in the art style of Pete Woods, the addition of the lizard men was an interesting sight. While they do appear in the background of the cover art, they have a slightly different appearance in the issue which is an interesting and noticeable thing.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 8.0 Overall: 8.25 Recommendation: Buy

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

Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

southernbastards15_coverartaWednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Joe

Top Pick: The Unworthy Thor #1 (Marvel) – Odinson returns, and he’s not worthy! I’ll skip my hopes for a Wayne’s World crossover and instead remind everyone they should be reading The Mighty Thor. While I watch people argue over whether a woman should be Thor or not, I’m reading one hell of a tale being penned by Jason Aaron who is also doing this book. Going all the way back to Original Sin, Thor, and then The Mighty Thor, Aaron has been building us up to this point and it is finally here!

Southern Bastards #15 (Image) – I am so excited for this series returning, and yes this is the second Jason Aaron book on my list. You should get Southern Bastards in trade if you haven’t or get the single issues if you can because I cannot wait to see where this story is going to go. It’s violent, it’s dark, it’s corrupt, it’s infuriating, and I love every minute of it. Boss BBQ not included with this book.

The Wicked + The Divine #23 (Image) – Another one of my favorite series returns. After the enjoyable one shot that showed some of the Pantheon from years past, we finally return to our current group. That last issue was pretty crazy. I’m excited to see how things pan out for our pop star gods. Also it’s Gillen and McKelvie. Nuff said.

Batman #10 (DC Comics) – “I Am Suicide” continues and I’m excited to see what Tom King does with the interesting team that Batman set up last issue. We also get the man who broke the Dark Knight’s back, Bane as he works with Psycho Pirate. Will we get another classic battle between Bats and Bane? I hope so! Either way, I’m always excited for Batman.

Nightwing #8 (DC Comics) – This run of Nightwing has been a pleasant surprise for me since it started. Seeley really needs to be applauded for his work on this book. The last issue sets up something very big, and thank god for the two week releases because we get to quickly see what Raptor is up to. This is one of my favorite Rebirth titles.

 

Alex

Top Pick: Faith #5 (Valiant) – Almost any given week you’ll see a Valiant comic here, and this is no exception. Faith is one of my favourite series being published right now and this issue sees the debut of the fantastic Meghan Hetrick on art, making this probably my most anticipated comic this week.

Batman #10 (DC Comics) – Batman has to infiltrate a prison. Santa Prisca prison, where Bane makes his home. This could be fantastic.

Cryptocracy #5 (Dark Horse) – The super secret government that we never knew about is slowly (and publicly) unraveling. One family’s top agent is trying to stop that, but keeps running up against creatures that were previously just urban legends… this series is far from your traditional superhero type of story, and has really surprised me so far.

Green Lanterns #10 (DC Comics) – This is probably my favourite book that DC are publishing right now, in part because of the chemistry between the two leads, but also because of how easy it is to fall into the story because if, like me, you’re new to the world of the Green Lanterns, then you can figure out what their all about with the universe’s two newest Lanterns.

The Unworthy Thor #1 (Marvel) – I’ve always been a sucker for redemption stories, so a six issue story about (hopefully) that is going to be intriguing. While I hope that Jane Foster remains Thor for a little longer, I’m not surprised to see the Odinson on a quest for a different Mjolnir – I only hope that he doesn’t end up with his old hammer.

 

Brett

Top Pick: The Sheriff of Babylon #12 (Vertigo) – This is it. Everything comes together (hopefully) in Tom King and Mitch Gerad’s series about a murder in Iraq during the American occupation. The series has been a gripping read and possibly one of the most brutally honest takes on the US occupation. Easily one of the best comics on the shelves this week.

Bitch Planet #9 (Image Comics) – After a break, the series is back and it continues to mix entertainment with politics in one of th best comic series out there.

Muhammad Ali (Dark Horse) – A graphic novel biography about one of the great athletes and icons of all time? Yes please!

Occupy Avengers #1 (Marvel) – David Walker takes on this new team which seems rather interesting. But, so many years after the Occupy movement, is it relevant? We’ll see!

Southern Bastards #1 (Image Comics) – One of the best comics returns. This Southern noir look at racism, football, and small town politics, is absolutely amazing. So happy it’s back.

Review: Cryptocracy #3

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The Nine Prophecies foretell a great cataclysm and the end of the age of the Nine Families that secretly rule the world. The first has come true, and now the mysterious and deadly Hum aims to fulfill the others. Agent Grahame is desperate to prove that Hum is just a man—a man who can be killed. Elsewhere, radio host Bela is drawn into the fight for the fate of the world as she learns some of the Families’ long-hidden secrets.

Two prophecies have now been fulfilled. Leaving everyone wondering how much longer the families have before all nine have been defeated. Writer Van Jensen gives us something wild at the end of the issue, but I won’t spoil it. It’s best to see this for yourself. Each issue leaves the reader eager for more issues, as more and more of this world and the conspiracy is revealed.

The cover is very eye-catching and hopefully will attract more readers of those who have ignored past issues. The art by Pete Woods manages to amplify the power of the beings. The cover is a perfect example of that, it just screams power.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 8.5 Art: 9 Overall: 8.75 Recommendation: Buy

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

Review: Cryptocracy #2

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The Nine Families have ruled civilization from the shadows for time beyond memory. But now, for the first time, they are being hunted. Family leaders begrudgingly forge an alliance to discover the hunter’s identity, but in so doing only place themselves in greater danger.

Written by Van Jensen, Cryptocracy manages to mix conspiracy theories, secret societies, and so much more. In this issue, the shadows are pulled back some, as a mysterious, but powerful being begins to fight back. Who, and what, is Chronos? Given what his name comes from, I’m curious to see what the organization decides to do and where Jensen takes things from here.

I will admit there is some interesting shocks in this issue, but I won’t spoil them. They make for surprising sights from artist Pete Woods, that I doubt you will miss. The mysterious Hum, seems to get more colorful with each issue, despite the briefness of his appearances.

A riddle of a series that gets better with each issue.

Story: Van Jensen Art: Pete Woods
Story: 9 Art: 9 Overall: 9 Recommendation: Buy

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

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

Around the Tubes

JADE STREET PROTECTION SERVICES #1 1It was new comic book day yesterday. What’d everyone get and enjoy? What was a stinker? Sound off in the comments!

While you decide on that, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web.

Around the Tubes

Medium – On the Death of James Rhodes — War Machine ‘Making America White Again’ one page at a time – If you read one thing in this post.

CBR – AMC Renews “Preacher” for Season 2 – Awesome!

The Advocate – The Secret to Battling Homophobia in Japan’s Schools: Manga – Very cool!

CBLDF – How the Comics Code Laid the Foundation for LGBTQ Comix – A very interesting read and some solid history.

CBR – New “Arrow” Casting Brings Hal Jordan One Step Closer to Star City – Well ok then.

CBR – Vinnie Jones Joins “Kingsman” Sequel in Mystery Role – Everything is improved with more Vinnie Jones. Especially if he sings.

 

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Newsarama – Black Panther #3

Comic Vine – Cryptocracy #1

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Graphic Policy’s Top Comic Picks this Week!

4 KIDS WALK #2 9Wednesdays are new comic book day! Each week hundreds of comics are released, and that can be pretty daunting to go over and choose what to buy. That’s where we come in!

We’re bringing back something we haven’t done for a while, what the team thinks. Our contributors are choosing up to five books each week and why they’re choosing the books.

Find out what folks think below, and what comics you should be looking out for this Wednesday.

Mr. H

Top Pick: Captain America: Steve Rogers #2 (Marvel Comics) – With all the controversy over the ending of issue one, how could it be anything but? Is Cap really a HYDRA agent? Or is there something much larger at play? I love anything that gets us fans talking and draws attention to our joy. So depending on how this is written it could be a good thing. I remember when Brubaker brought Bucky back as the Winter Soldier and now, he’s absolutely beloved. I refuse to believe this is our Steve but I am looking forward to finding out more.

Dark Knight III: The Master Race # 5 (DC Comics) – Well this comic and I are completely love hate. I hate that it’s always late, but I love the train wreck that unfolds in the pages. I’ve long decided that Miller’s master work is the Dark Knight Returns and he will never top it. These attempts at trying just get even more ridiculous. As a die hard Superman fan, it’s a macabre curiousity at seeing what ol’ Frank is going to do to tear down the Superman legacy even more every time he touches the character since it highlights how out of touch he is. Plus I love cranky Bruce Wayne and Carrie Kelly. After this Frank needs to stay the Hell away from DC Heroes. He just can’t write them, and obviously Azzarello is taking his cues from Miller. If not, it’s a bigger cluster than when Singer made Superman Returns to honor Richard Donner. I know it’s awful but it’s almost satirically bad that I can’t wait to see it even worse. Remember folks, Jersey Shore was popular for a spell there too. Sometimes you just have to enjoy the insanity.

Cryptocracy #1 (Dark Horse) – What’s this? A non DC or Marvel book on my list? That’s right true readers. This one caught my eye. Nine clandestine families that secretly control and manipulate reality? Hmmmm sounds interesting and I’m getting in on the ground floor. Seems cool enough to give it a shot, but I am not expecting anything world bending here.

 

Alex

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into A Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was a brilliant start to a crime caper about four kids walking into a bank. A charmingly intelligent comic that deserves your attention, the first issue was amazing, and if you can find it you should snap it up. I’ve been waiting for the second issue for awhile, and I am so excited for this.

Lobster Johnson: Metal Monsters Of Midtown #2 (Dark Horse) – Lobster Johnson is one of those characters that evokes the feel of the pulp heroes from the late 30’s, which is already something I’m a fan of, and then when you add in the fantastic period art work and the steampunkish element of the Metal Monsters and you have a miniseries that is right up my alley.

Will Eisner’s The Spirit #12 (Dynamite Entertainment) – This has been one of the most entertaining series of the last year, hands down. Every week this comic comes out is a good week.

X-O Manowar #47 (Valiant Entertainment) – Pound for pound, Valiant have the best superhero universe out there, but when the premier title in the Valiant universe is coming to a close with an explosive story… I can’t wait to see where this is going. Plus, there’s a bonus print with the physical comic, so that’s also cool.

 

Anthony

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – Matthew Rosenberg already knocked it out of the park with We Can Never Go Home and returns with another series for Black Mask Studios with Tyler Boss’s imaginative and playful artwork. The first issue was an amalgamation of so many awesome things (with an array of wonderful movie poster-inspired variants) and proved to be one of the most endearing reads of the year so far. This is a must buy.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Jonathan Hickman is a long form, comic book version of a mad scientist. His titles are consistently well crafted and can take their time to manifest, but when they do bloom, it is certainly worth the wait. East of West is Hickman at his best with the striking visuals of Nick Dragotta to put to life this futuristic American backdrop. Things have been really heating up as tensions continue to rise between the numerous factions.

Jupiter’s Legacy Vol. 2 #1 (Image Comics) – Mark Millar and Frank Quitely return to Jupiter’s Legacy! Millar has done a pretty solid job at deconstructing the superhero genre with recent titles like Huck, Jupiter’s Circle and the first volume of Jupiter’s Legacy so it will be interesting to see the direction that the creative team will be taking in this sequel series. Frank Quitely’s art will surely be worth the price of admission alone.

Bloodshot Reborn #14 (Valiant Entertainment) – Jeff Lemire has continued to present a more nuanced, emotional and humanized tale of Bloodshot that proves the character is more than just a government controlled killing machine. The new arc entitled ‘Bloodshot Island’ sounds like a Doctor Moreau-esque storyline that will feature Mico Suayan’s incredibly detailed line work and Valiant’s reliable colourist David Baron.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – If Black Mask Studios is releasing a new series, it is an absolute must buy. The publisher has been releasing a steady flow of confident, gritty and fun titles over the last couple of years and Jade Street Protection Services looks to aim to be among those books. Judging by the solicitations, Fabian Lelay’s illustrations with Mara Jayne Carpenter’s colours are going to provide a vibrant, manga-like pop to the words of Katy Rex.

 

Paul

Top Pick: Extraordinary X-Men #11 (Marvel) – It’s a throw down with the X-Men fighting in the future against Apocalypse’s horsemen.  The Apocalypse Wars have been a fun read, and I’ve been really enjoying this title exploring another possible future, with the younger students grown into X-Men.  Nothing earth shattering happening, just a fun read.

Captain Marvel #6 (Marvel) – A Civil War II tie in…and Carol is pissed!  She has clearly chosen her side in this new civil war, and the stakes are getting high.  It’s going to be interesting to see how far she’ll go to for what she believes in.

Mockingbird #4 (Marvel) – This is just a guilty indulgence for me, being a long time fan of Bobbi’s.  The missions are exciting, the humor is fun and this issue she’s off to save her ex, Hawkeye.  It’s also interesting to see her check ups and monitoring of her health after receiving the infinity formula and the super soldier serum.  I’m just waiting to see something big happen.  Fun all around.

Uncanny X-Men #9 (Marvel) – Magneto and Psylocke are trying to save Archangel from being taken over by Apocalypse; Sabretooth and M are exploring the Morlock tunnels and come across a ghost from M’s past.  Again, nothing earth shattering happening here, just a fun read with  decent action.  Psylocke and Fantomex meeting up should be good.

 

Javier

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – The first issue was amazing, and I wasn’t the only one to think so.  It has a large and well-deserved mass appeal.

Jade East Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – So far Black Mask’s line of books have failed to disappoint.  There’s already a lot of buzz out there, I hope it lives up to the hype.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – Another indie title with possibilities.  It has all the apocalyptic themes I’m into.

East of West #27 (Image Comics) – Even more end times lore, set in a dystopian alternate timeline.

 

Brett

Top Pick: 4 Kids Walk Into a Bank #2 (Black Mask Studios) – It says something when so many of us have this series as our top pick. The first issue was absolutely amazing and was a damn near perfect set-up with characters that are some of the most relatable in comics. It’s been a bit since that first issue, but that doesn’t diminish my excitement for this second issue.

Chum #3 (ComixTribe) – I’m a sucker for a good noir/crime story and this surf crime comic has been entertaining for the first two issues.

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis (DC Comics) – Am I the demographic this graphic novel is aiming for? Probably not, but that hasn’t stopped me from enjoying my advance review copy. It’s a solid debut comic that’s perfect for the audience intended, younger kids.

Indoctrination #1 (Z2 Comics) – I read the first issue some time ago and it’s a weird mix of X-Files and occult story. Really good and can’t wait to check out future issues.

Jade Street Protection Services #1 (Black Mask Studios) – A new series from Black Mask? Yes please! All ages badassness? Yes please!

Preview: Cryptocracy #1

Cryptocracy #1

Van Jensen (W), Pete Woods (A)

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.

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