What is the Cryptocracy?
The mining of conspiracy theories for stories is nothing new in comic books. Whether it’s Jonathan Hickman invoking the name of the Illuminati or Mark Millar showing Nazis receiving help from shape-shifting aliens in The Ultimates, comic books have long looked to the esoteric for inspiration.
Now it’s Dark Horse’s turn, as a cryptic teaser image released yesterday showcases elements of some of the tinfoil-hat-wearing crowd’s favorite plot threads.
The pair of panels drop hints at some of the key elements of the story, including the assassination of John F. Kennedy, a NASA conspiracy to conceal something on the moon, and something to do with Abraham Lincoln all drawn out in what seems to be a child’s handiwork.
The official solicitation for the series describes it thusly:
“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.”
It should be interesting to see how Van Jensen and Pete Woods decide to tackle some of the darker ideas in our cultural zeitgeist.
The first issue of Cryptocracy hits comic shops the last week in June. Will you be picking it up?