Cryptocracy #3

Writer: Van Jensen Artist: Pete Woods Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: August 31, 2016 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8
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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.

  • 9.0
    Bounding Into Comics - Jorge Arena Sep 9, 2016

    In Cryptocracy #3 you get to see sci-fi and conspiracies brought to life that prey on life's greatest fears that are especially relevant to today's political environment. Van Jensen continues to craft a plot that is both fantastic and terrifyingly real at the same time. When you're done with this issue 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 you to fall right into the story. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    GWW - Mark Delaney Aug 31, 2016

    There's so much to learn about the world Jensen is building, which makes having it drip-fed surprisingly satisfying. With each issue, we learn more of the complex mythology and the wide cast of characters. My only complaint inthis issue is that some moments felt like they're happening so fast that it's hard to follow at times but the pacing is fitting for the story. After all, a group's "world" is crumbling beneath them, figuratively and sometimes literally. But I think the accelerator could be let up just a little to focus in on the gravity of situations a bit more. That would really sell the chaos better, I believe. Aside from that, however, this third issue cements Cryptocracy as a must-read that, if not already immensely popular, damn well should be. Read Full Review

  • 8.8
    Graphic Policy - christopher scott author Aug 28, 2016

    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. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Pop Culture Uncovered - Pauly D Aug 29, 2016

    Van Jensen continues this epic tale with excellent pacing, but without much subtlety. This title is an in your face adventure and does not apologize for it. While this creates a page turning romp, it sometimes leaves gaps in the area of character development. Pete Woods art style is glossy and attractive, givingyou the feeling of watching a cut-scene from a video game. It is in a harmonious union with Jensen's storytelling style. The pacing is so quick, the reader can digest the pages in mere moments, leaving you ready for more. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Ian B Aug 31, 2016

    Ultimately, I'm still enjoying this series. While it may not be a must-read, it consistently keeps my attention and trickles out enough tidbits of information, along with new questions, to keep me guessing. The relationship between the characters is becoming more obvious, with the friendship between Grahame and Jason being a high point. I find myself being unsure who I want to root for, the internet conspiracy theorist who is simultaneously a bit annoying but trying to expose the truth, or the shadowy organization that is keeping information in the shadows, but has likable characters and is possibly acting in humanity’s best interest. Only time will tell how this will all shake out in the end, but I'm very interested to see how it does. Read Full Review

  • 7.4
    Impulse Gamer - Lyla Saudi Sep 2, 2016

    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 #3because after seeing the cliffhanger, I can't wait to find out whatwill happen next! Read Full Review

  • 6.5
    AiPT! - David Brooke Aug 30, 2016

    Progress is made and big action can be had, but Cryptocracy #3 doesn't quite hit home the character work. Instead you're left with wonderment, but any real idea why you should care. Still, you can't do wrong with the wonderment on every page. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Nerdophiles - Kylee Sills Sep 7, 2016

    Overall, my enjoyment of the series continues despite some cookie cutter characters and the intrigue continues to hold my interest into the cliffhanger readers are left with. Read Full Review

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