Friday, January 2, 2009

First Read of the Week!


This week Ed Brubaker brings us Incognito, a brand-new twisted super-powered pulp-crime collaboration with artist Sean Phillips. Zack and his twin brother Xander were at the top of the supervillain game, working for the Black Death and racking up high-stakes heists and murder sprees all over the place -- until everything went wrong, his brother wound up dead and Zack found himself in Federal custody. Facing a death sentence, Zack did what any crook would do to weasel out of the collar -- turn state's evidence against his boss and sign up for the witness protection program. Everything after that was a blur of power-suppressing drugs, a grindingly dull 9-to-5 day job and a bottomless supply of self-loathing and feelings of inadequacy... until his powers started to come back, that is.

Whenever a comics writer tries to move away from the big corporate trademark characters into their own original stories, I always try to give the title a shot... and while Sleeper and Criminal may not have knocked me out, Incognito looks like it could keep me hooked for the duration. I mean, a cool premise, lots of crazy characters, great art, solid dialogue and a genuine dyed-in-the-wool jerk in the starring role -- what's not to like?

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