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Incognito Paperback – November 25, 2009

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; First Edition edition (November 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785139796
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785139799
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.4 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,650 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story has such a rich quality, and the artwork is absolutely perfect to its tone.
Tyler S.
While some of the characters aer'nt as well developed as they could be, the art is great, the concept neat and the execution is solid.
Rob Shamas
Overall though if your just looking for something to read and enjoy, it's definitely fun and interesting.

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Schillig on December 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
Zack Overkill is a former villain in a witness-protection program. A mandated regimen of pills keeps his powers at bay, and an overzealous parole officer keeps his balls busted. But then he finds out that illegal substances restore his powers, freeing him from the drudgery of his job as file clerk and putting him behind a mask again, this time as a good guy.

"Incognito," by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Sean Phillips is very violent and very vile, but always (or almost always) in service of the story: A look at what the vintage pulp heroes of yesteryear might have morphed into if they hadn't faded away with the advent of the comic book and the movies, among other johnny-come-latelys of pop culture.

Phillips' artwork bears a resemblance to the work of Wally Wood here, and that's one of the highest compliments I can pay. His men are square- jawed and his women are curvaceous in a way that's highly Wood-like, while still retaining the individuality that makes the artist's work the perfect complement to Brubaker's inventive, twisting scripts.

And there are twists aplenty. The basic premise, which could occupy a lesser writer and satisfy a more conventional title for years, are only a jumping-off point for a wilder ride here. Like most Brubaker heroes, Zack Overkill's backstory becomes more complex as the tale rolls on, his unknown past affecting his present and future. By the time the reader reaches the ultimate chapter, Brubaker and Phillips are ready to present non-stop action, with copious bloodletting and, of course, the promise of future Zack Overkill adventures to come. I'm all for it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sean Curley on December 24, 2009
Format: Paperback
Ed Brubaker has been one of comics' best writers throughout the first decade of the 21st century, rising to real prominence with his move to Marvel Comics in 2005, where he began a landmark stint on "Captain America", as well as a number of other titles. His most famous work prior to his time at Marvel was "Sleeper" (published by DC's Wildstorm imprint), two 12-issue series illustrated by Sean Phillips. A year or so after Brubaker went exclusive, Phillips migrated over after him, and soon the two had set up a new creator-owned crime drama, "Criminal", which earned exhorbitant praise and is currently in the middle of its fifth volume of stories. Whereas "Sleeper" was a noir set in a world with superpowers, "Criminal" existed in a mundane world. And now, between arcs of "Criminal", Brubaker and Phillips took time to deliver their latest collaboration, which is more in the vein of "Sleeper" than "Criminal". While not quite as good as either of those, it is well worth reading. Some spoilers follow.

We open with our main character, Zack Overkill, living a boring life as an office drone, dreaming of his former exciting existence as a supervillain before he became a witness for the feds and was put into a relocation program. The mundane world he is forced to live in is driving Zack crazy, when the opportunity of something more interesting presents itself to rejoin the more interesting life he had left behind. The basic premise has a lot of similarities with Mark Millar's more famous "Wanted" (very loosely adapted into a hit motion picture). Indeed, this could easily be seen as Ed Brubaker's take on that story, except, being by Ed Brubaker, it is far more subtle and interested in characterization, rather than shocks.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Enrique Treviño and Yuliia Glushchenko VINE VOICE on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am a big fan of Ed Brubaker. I love Sleeper, I love his Captain America, his Daredevil and the issues of Criminal I have read. Therefore, I had to buy this the instant it came out. Incognito has a similar feel to Criminal and Sleeper, which it is not surprising as all three are crime fiction and all three have the same duo writing and illustrating.

Incognito is the story of a super villain that is now in protective custody because he testified in court against a bigger fish. His powers are controlled by medicine. He realizes he can counter the effects of the medicine by getting high. He gets his powers back, but not wanting anybody to figure it out, he now uses his powers to stop thieves instead of for crime, as the only reason he does that is for the thrill. For three years he had lost his motivation to live and now it was all back.

As usual with Brubaker, the story gets better as it goes along. The twists keep coming and the story just flows perfectly, thanks to the great art provided by Phillips. I had always known that Phillips was the perfect noir artist, but since I hadn't seen his covers before, I didn't know he was capable of making such beautiful covers. The covers of the Incognito series are mesmerizing, I want one of those as a poster.

I like that the book incorporates ideas from pulp fiction (not the movie, but actual pulp fiction from the 30s), being inspired by those heroes and thrusting them into a great noir story.

Brubaker and Phillips are a perfect team and anything they will write, I will read. Check this book out.
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