The Fellowship was fortunate enough to obtain a copy of CRYPTOZOIC MAN #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. Bryan Johnson writes and Walter Flanagan draws.

Alan Ostman is a guy who’s trying to do the best he can. It’s not his fault that he’s stuck in the middle of what might just be an apocalypse. When his daughter disappeared, he gave up and was recruited by aliens to kill cryptids. Now he’s met one who has a story to tell, and who may have a clue to his daughter’s whereabouts.

This is a story with a somewhat non-traditional story structure (as much as I can tell from one issue, anyway). Ordinarily we’d get a bunch of either character building or backstory, but what we get here is better described as world-building. It’s a cool way to do it; it would be really hard to pull off in an ongoing series, and also it gives the artist a chance to shine. And Flanagan does indeed shine here; the consistency he shows with really strange characters is impressive.

There’s enough weirdness in this issue to make me really want to see what’s on the other side of that portal. And to see where this story is going, too. Keep it coming, Comic Book Men.

CRYPTOZOIC MAN #1 is available now at your LCS and online at dynamite.com.

~Mike ( @MikeyGeek )