Review: Cryptozoic Man #3
The “Hostiles” have crashed the party commonly referred to as “life on earth” giving humanity about, oh, sixty seconds to live. Dr. Alan Ostman discovers that after the Hostiles breech, that not only have both Heaven and Hell been deserted, but the world’s legendary cryptids which function as portals to alternate dimensions are being murdered at an alarming rate. Cryptozoic Man steps in to repel the demonic hordes, but not everything is as it seems and mankind’s fate rests on an unthinkable sacrifice.
The penultimate issue of Cryptozoic Man hits this week. The psychedelic story of aliens and creatures of myth is written by Bryan Johnson with pencils by Walter Flanagan. Chris Ivy handles inks with Wayne Jansen providing colors. Marshall Dillon rounds out the cast with lettering. Cryptozoic Man has been interesting to say the least. Do things finally start to make sense as we enter the home stretch?
Things start to come together as we discover that the “Hostiles” are using the creatures of myth and legend as portals to our world. Their plans are to destroy everything because that’s just what they like to do. The Shadow Man is leading the Hostiles into our world and the fate of the universe hangs in the balance. Alan Ostman is still taking part in a cosmic tea party with the ghastly visage of his daughter. Can he stop the oncoming storm in time?
Johnson writes a script that starts to knock at the door of understanding. Things start to get explained as far as the creatures go, but everything else is still a weird, twisted mishmash of craziness. We can start figuring out the broad scope of what’s going on with cryptids, the Hostiles, and the grey aliens. There’s still a lot of head scratching going on, but I think I’m starting to make some sense of it. Flanagan’s art and Ivy’s inks are still the major draw for this series. Things are cosmic, trippy, and Kirby-esque in some places. The art and beautifully done coloring (by Jansen) are what keeps you coming back month after month. There are countless wild creatures and scenes to tackle, and Flanagan is having fun with each one.
Bottom Line: I’m starting to understand what’s going on here in the broadest of sense, but I still feel like you have to either be completely lit or hold a doctorate in philosophy if you want to completely understand this. The first two issues almost made me give up, but the third is showing promising signs for the finale. 2.5/5