Last week saw the release of the first issue of Cryptozoic Man, a comic created by AMC’s Comic Book Men. The story was developed by Bryan Johnson and Walt Flanagan, with pencils by Walt Flanagan as well. The artwork in this comic is amazingly detailed and I was surprised that Flanagan, a lifelong comic book lover and comic store manager, hadn’t created his own comic book until now.
In episode 14 of season two of Comic Book Men, the boys decided it was about time to write their own comic book. They decided that the “hero” of the story would be a monster made up of all the local legend beasts, such as Bigfoot, the Jersey Devil, Mothman, and the Loch Ness Monster. They decided to call their superhero “Cryptozoic Man.” They pitched their idea to Dynamite Comics (Battlestar Galactica, The Lone Ranger) and even got Stan Lee to film an introductory video for their presentation.
The Comic Book Men were victorious and awarded with a four part comic deal through Dynamite. In the last episode of Comic Book Men, the boys go to Baltimore Comic Con with their own table to hand out free issues of Cryptozoic Man and sign them for attendees. Jay and Silent Bob even made an appearance (because they were already there!).
As a huge fan of the show, I had to read Cryptozoic Man for myself. The story revolves around a middle age man whose daughter goes missing in the forest. He gets abducted by aliens and they tell him he has to turn into The Jersey Devil, Bigfoot, and the Loch Ness Monster in order to save his daughter and to save the world. He also finds out that his greatest enemy is this pig man in a bondage mask.
This is absolutely a comic worth reading. It has something for everyone – horror, beautiful artwork, monsters, adventure, aliens – you name it, this comic has it. Plus, it’s a four part series, so no getting worried over how much it’s going to cost to read every issue. I can’t imagine how this story is going to wrap up in four issues, but I hope it gets renewed for another four!