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.
1. A form of government where the real leaders are hidden or merely unknown.
There are those of us that very seriously describe to the theory that the above exists. The most extreme of these could even believe that these shadow powers may include things not even of this world, at least the one we know. In the first issue of Cryptocracy, we are shown a side of the planet the majority of us were never meant to see.
As described in great detail within the inner cover page, our world is ruled by a group of nine families, all broken down into 9 “circles” of varying power and awareness of this hierarchy. After an incident involving one family’s tampering of a dark matter experiment goes awry, too many questions are being asked that may begin to expose them. Even with mind control aliens courtesy of Roswell (yes, THAT Roswell), doing clean up work, one girl with underground podcast may be stirring up the hive too much. On top of that, one of the rival families is attacked by an unknown source, and these groups which don’t exist now look to be hunted.
Probably about the only thing not trying to hide in this book is the art which stands right out there and yells LOOK AT ME! The illustrations are fantastically sharp and seriously detailed throughout. To make them even better, they’re brought to life with stunning colors which saturate every single page.
I wouldn’t say I’m a conspiracy theorist, but I certainly believe there’s a lot more going on beneath the surface than we’re allowed to know. That along with the great story and artwork made this a pretty easy sell for me. Make your way to your local comic source right away and don’t cover up the fact that you’ve read this from anyone.
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Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.