Cryptocracy #2

Writer: Van Jensen Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: July 27, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 10
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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.

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Aug 13, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Jul 28, 2016

    Jensen clearly plotted out a lot of the confusing in-universe mythology before sitting down to begin writing the series, and if it can remain maddeningly intriguing, if he believes in his audience, there's no doubt in my mind that Cryptocracy will emerge as one of the best new comics of the year. Read Full Review

  • 8.5
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Jul 27, 2016

    In Cryptocracy #2 you get to see sci-fi and conspiracies that bring to life some of our greatest fears we have today. Van Jensen continues to craft a plot that is both fantastic and terrifyingly possible at the same time. When you're done with Cryptocracy #2 you'll be left wondering if there isn't some grand conspiracy out there, pulling all the strings. Pete Woods does an awesome job with the panels and the use of blue tinting throughout the issue. He sets a mood and tone for the reader by using different shades and colors based on location of the environment within the story, and even the actions taking place between characters. By doing so he allows us to fall right into the story. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Big Comic Page - Claire Stevenson Jul 27, 2016

    Cryptocracy feels like a series that will continue to surprise the reader far beyond the first few issues. There are so many layers to unpeel. Through Grahame, we discover there are secrets within the Mars family that even an upper-circle pion doesnt know about. This issue may not have the same punch as the first in terms of plot development, but its certainly exciting and I for one cant wait for the next one. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Impulse Gamer - Lyla Saudi Jul 31, 2016

    The first issue for me was the star of this series but that is not to say that this issue is bad. I enjoyed it and can't wait to know what happens next. I would recommend getting your hands on a copy. There is a great story unfolding here and I for one need to know what happens next! Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror Talk - Huck Raj Talwar Aug 10, 2016

    This is a great series for anyone interested in politics and/or fantasy. Granted, the two are nearly opposites, but that's why they go so well together. The fate of cryptocracy hangs by a thread and, at this point, it doesn't look like the families have much to count on. Be sure to keep up with this new enthralling series, and let the suspicion set in. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Jul 26, 2016

    Another good issue that peels back a few layers that drive this conspiracy theory series. The world is compelling and you'll be driven even more to know all of its secrets. Read Full Review

  • 6.2
    Multiversity Comics - Ken Godberson III Aug 1, 2016

    There are interesting threads and some decent artwork, but the book still requires formation. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Aug 4, 2016

    All in all, it's a relatively ho-hum issue for me – one that delves too far into the cliche without actually being fun. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Bastards - James Charlton Jul 27, 2016

    My final complaint is that all those fantastic pop culture references and outlandish character designs from the first issue seem to have taken a backseat this time around. Those were some of the strongest elements! I implore you Mr. Jensen, please bring them back. You can have fun and tell your conspiracy tale, I promise. Saying that, I would like to compliment him on his excellent writing shown in the Journal of Farrel Fain on the final few pages. This was exceptionally well written and added an extra dimension to the story, shame it was relegated to end of the book. I'm struggling to find reasons to recommend this story, if you enjoy the genre then go for it, there's still a mystery to unfold here but is it one you can necessarily be bothered to stick around for? Read Full Review

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