Review: Cryptocracy #1
Cryptocracy does a great job of retelling the story of a secret order of families controlling the world behind the scenes. There are nine families who control the planet. The nine families have a nine circle hierarchy, the 1st circle being the regular people on earth who know nothing and the 9th being elders and priests of the families. The issue starts off with a failed operation and the subsequent cover up. This really shows the reader just how much power the families have right from the start. The main character Grahame works for the Mars Family (the family operating in North America) and is part of the 8th circle (seniors: family members with leadership skills, tasked with the most difficult assignments). There are rumblings of dis accord between the families which is brought to light by the elder of the Mars Family who is in failing health due to his old age. The story leaves off with a stranger speaking of the prophecy and an attack on one of the families.
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– Conspiracy theories: Whenever a major event is brought up in cryptocracy, the families involvement is too, which is a very cool aspect. It also shows that these families have been in power for a while.
– Story progression: The comic does a great job of explaining how the families work and describing the functions of the inner circles in a way that isn’t confusing or taxing to the reader. Each issue or character brought in has just the right amount of time to develop.
– The Characters: Each character introduced in cryptocracy have a natural place in the story and the banter between them is funny. No character seems out of place.
– The prophecy: There is an overarching story line about a prophecy that’s mentioned 2-3 times throughout the course of this comic, but the reader is left in the dark as to what it means. The first issue would be a great time to introduce and explain it since it’s a major component.
– The art in cryptocracy very well done. The color palate changes for particular scenes and it really sets the tone for the panel. Each location has a different hue which makes it very easy to tell when we have left a place or shifted into a new scene.