Published on September 2nd, 2016 | by Lyla Saudi
Cryptocracy #3 Comic Book Review
Summary: The prophecies are true and the fate of the world will soon be plunged into darkness. Will Graham find the answers he needs to put a stop to it? Only time will tell and he doesn't have a lot of it left.
The nine families that secretly rule our world are no longer in the shadows and no longer safe. With an ancient assassin known only as ‘Hum’ sent on a mission to kill them all, Cryptocracy #3 will have you quickly licking your fingers to turn each page, as writer Van Jensen and artist Pete Woods once again place you in the shoes of the most powerful people in the world. Only this time they are not as powerful as they thought they were.
Grahame (senior leader of the Mars family), has just had his world turned upside down after discovering hidden secrets that have been locked away for centuries. The secrets? Legends, stories and tales that have been passed down from generation to generation, called ‘the nine prophecies’.
Only they are not tales. Not anymore. The arrival of Hum has invoked the first of the nine prophecies and if he isn’t stopped soon, each prophecy will unleash its own monstrosity onto the world, until the last prophecy known as ‘Chronos’ ends all of humanity and plunges the world into darkness.
But Hum cannot be stopped. After a plan to ambush him results in thousands of innocent lives lost, Graham and his team learn that their advanced technology and resources are no match for him or his deadly mythical soldiers known as ‘Mothmen’. They have no control. They are powerless. And time is running out.
Meanwhile Bela (the conspiracists most beloved podcast host) comes face to face with the unknown source that has been feeding her information about the nine families. Together they plan to expose and topple the cryptocracy for what it is… even if it means putting her life on the line.
So what does this all mean for the fate of the world? With a juicy cliffhanger to end the issue, you better hurry up and find out!
The character development was a bit of a let down in this issue because there really wasn’t any (or much of a difference from the previous issues), making it hard to relate to the characters and develop any further empathy for them. Having said that, this is still a great overall story where the dialogue is simple and easy to follow, each page will make you want to move onto the next, and the cliffhanger (which is exciting) is going to explore an area that we have been teased with in the first issue, the cryptids! So many questions!
Pete Woods delivers a powerful looking cover and fantastic artwork that captures the different plots, moods and scenes of the characters and story. With the exception of a few, each panel flows smoothly down the page showcasing beautiful colours that contrast and highlight the important elements on each page. A couple of pages did have a lot of action happening making it a bit difficult to initially follow but as always the attention to detail (especially the characters, their clothes, facial and body expressions) are great.
I am really enjoying the story development and direction so far. Although the first issue was still the stand out for me, I would say grab yourself a copy of Cryptocracy #3 because after seeing the cliffhanger, I can’t wait to find out what will happen next!
Comic Book Details
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Writer: Van Jensen
Artist: Pete Woods
Cover Artist: Pete Woods
Genre: Science-Fiction, Action/Adventure
Publication Date: 31st August, 2016
Format: FC, Ongoing