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Incognito Classified Edition Hardcover – September 19, 2017
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But all that aside, the Incognito story is probably my favorite story from the Brubaker/ Phillips team. I do love everything these guys do, but Incognito has the magic combination. Not only does it have the gritty crime noir we love in the Criminal series, but it also has the moral ambiguity of Sleeper, yet with a very cool low key inclusion of super powers which gives it the perfect edge.
The closest comparison would be to Sleeper. It has some similarities in how the main character is not sure where he stands between good and evil, but in Zach's case, he doesn't really care whether he is good or evil. It's interesting to see Zach's ambiguous outlook on ethical morality and how his only real ambition is to pursue his base instincts and kick some ass, regardless of whose ass he kicks.
At first glance it might seem like Zach's characterization isn't as strong as some of Brubaker's other work, but when you realize that Zach is ambivalent guy whose bizarre genetics and external circumstances have defined him more than his own choices, it's an oddly compelling framework for a story. He's much like an athlete born with incredible natural talent and just like using it. He doesn't care what team he's on, and when he isn't playing the game, he's bored. But to really play, it means killing a few opponents every so often, even though this is off limits.
Phillips rocks the art once again. It's tough, lovely work full of intrigue and mystery. All around a beautiful piece of work in a smith sewn hardback collection.
He gets his powers back and slowly finds himself again. Is he a hero or a villain? Are the "good guys" really "good"? After the story plays out you are left to wonder; was it all worth it?
The art was okay and made me think of mid 80s comic art (Watchmen to be precise). The book had a certain noir feel to it. My only real complaint was that I wanted to know what happened next. If you are tired of heroes in tights, pick this up and enjoy.
I can simply say that this is among my all time favorite comics, my favorite of Brubaker and Phillips' numerous collaborations, and that this Classified edition is the best way to experience this story.
The classified edition contains both Incognito and its sequel, and the auxiliary material in the back is similar to the kind of thing you'd find in DC's Absolute editions. Extra artwork, promos, notes, etc.
Basically, if you've already read this story, this is the definitive version of it. If you haven't, this is not only the nicest presentation of it, but probably as cost-efficient as buying the two trade paperbacks this collection consists of. In my humble opinion, this is a must-have for anyone who's a fan of Brubaker, or even just comics in general.