Writer: Bryan Johnson
Artist: Walt Flanagan
So before I review this comic maybe I should add a disclaimer that… Yeah I am a bit of a SMod/View Askiew fan. Why is that a necessary statement?, Well I have made posts here and there and mentioned it and I don’t want to seem biased. Now as you will instantly know when you see this book in the store then yeah it is from the guys on Comic Book Men (as displayed prominently on the cover), In fact the story behind the book getting picked up was featured in the last episode of season 2 of the show and almost in time to coincide with season 3 is the books release, And I hate to use this word but I imagine the book will have a certain synergy with the show. More specifically it was written by Bryan Johnson and drawn by Walt Flanagan, Both previously collaborated on IDW’s War of the Undead.
Cryptozoic Man again sees the duo bring the horror or at least the very strange and odd. Indeed the plot seems straight out of B-Movie territory but has some real off beat moments even a little unsettling at times. Without giving to much away about the plot it centres around a man searching for his daughter and also dealing with the fact he was forcefully merged with various Cryptids. The reasons for this remain unexplained so far and that is the hook of this issue so much of it is based on mystery which obviously suits the horror feel of the title.
Walt Flanagan now has a few books under his belt as artist and it shows but at times there is a roughness in his work in a few panels. That being said some of the visuals are really abstract and surreal in a Hellblazer/Swamp Thing kind of way and his splash pages really show of his skills as an artist. He certainly has his own style maybe with a more steady pipeline of titles that style could be honed more.
There is enough intrigue and creativity in here for all and it is also a rare treat to see Dynamite branch out of the standard licensed characters which at times seem the norm… But that is the bread and butter after all. Regardless of how you view the SModco empire there is bags of intrigue and creativity in here to keep most of you looking for something a little strange entertained.