Incognito (Incognito, #1)
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Incognito (Incognito #1)

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What if you were an ex-super villain hiding out in Witness Protection... but all you could think about were the days when the rules didn't apply to you? Could you be a humdrum office clerk after being the best at years of leaving destruction in your wake? And what if you couldn't stand it? What would you do then? Incognito - a twisted mash-up of noir and super-heroics - by...more
Paperback, 166 pages
Published December 9th 2009 by Marvel (first published November 1st 2009)
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Remember the end of Goodfellas where Ray Liotta is complaining about having to live like an ordinary schmoo after going into witness protection? And the real Henry Hill that Liotta played has had numerous arrests since turning rat because apparently once you’ve been a gangster, working a regular job just doesn’t provide the same opportunities for excitement.

Now imagine that you had been a super powered villain before becoming a regular old clock puncher. Like Doctor Doom working for an insuranc...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
What if a powerful supervillain ended up in witness protection, working a regular office job like the average Joe?

That is the scenario that Ed Brubaker presents his readers in the series "Incognito."

Zack Overkill was 'a very villainous fellow,' it was all he knew. And then his world changed. His brother was killed and he woke up in a secret government hospital and he was given drugs to deactivate his supernatural abilities and he was under the oversight of SOS, who had once been his greatest ad...more
This has been an exceptional year for me in terms of the quality of material I've been reading. I think I've given out more 5 star reviews that anyone I know. Well, it's either this or I'm easily impressed.


Not only have I been recommended Ed Brubraker and sean Phillips' work by fellow Goodreader Stephen but when I saw that Bill Hader had written the forward to this graphic novel, I was genuinely intrigued. Hader, who is easily my favorite cast member working SNL today, is a crim...more
Picture a supervillain in the witness protection program. That's Zach Overkill. With his twin brother, Xander, he had spent his life working for The Black Death. Now Xander is dead, and Zach has given evidence against his former boss. Aside from being given a new name and a normal job, he's also on drugs to suppress his powers. But when he starts taking drugs on the side, they cancel out the power suppressors, and Zach finds himself playing hero. This brings him to the attention of both supervil...more
ok, let me start this off by saying that by the end of part 4 i was leaning towards 2.5, really but then i read the last part and lolwot was that?

the first two parts were some dude!bro pseudo intellectual ramblings about good and bad and society and government, ooh that we have heard so many times before. we get it, everything is grey and all that old shit but like the way the creators of this piece did it wasn't very rewarding. it felt like we were meant to think that what they said was so impo...more
Will Hinds
As a fan of Criminal, I was looking forward to Brubaker's take on a noir superhero comic. Tonally, I can feel it, but the story kind of rambles around in a way that really put me off. Of course, being a superhero comic there's the expected far fetched science fiction. That, I can handle and expected. The problem is, hm, harder to pinpoint than I expected when I decided to write this review...

OK, see, the things Zack (the protagonist) thinks are very noir-esque, his internal monologue. So that's...more
I'm impressed. Very impressed. And this is shocking because I have always avoided "crime" comics and I really didn't want to read another super hero comic.
This is unlike anything I have ever read before. It's dark, gritty but comical. I love the way Zack looks at "regular" people. The good guys and bad guys are ALL over the top, with crazy names and even crazier powers. This is like being on a carnival ride with rusty bolts, it's not a safe read. It throws twists and turns, but most importantly...more
Sam Quixote
Once the good guys have rounded up the bad guys in the superhero books they usually wind up somewhere like Arkham Asylum (Batman) or sent into space in a mirror (Superman 2), but in this book Ed Brubaker has his villain wind up in a Witness Relocation Program and given a job as a file clerk. There he lives a normal life of boredom, his super powers regulated by drugs administered by the good guys (a kind of less glamorous JLA). But the life he lived is too alluring and he soon finds his ways bac...more
Richard Guion
Great premise: the super-villain Zack Overkill goes into a witness protection program after he turns on his mega crime boss, The Black Death. Zack had a Partner In Crime, his twin brother, who was murdered by The Black Death. The story finds Zack working in a mid-western city, an errand boy in a corporate office, so low he's looked down upon by secretaries. His powers are nullified by drugs he is forced to take. When he finds a way around it, Zack puts on a mask and finds himself fighting crime...more
If you've read (and liked) either Sleeper and/or Criminal, you have to read this. Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips have yet to disappoint me - with Incognito they crafted another really cool, dark and compelling series. This time, about a former super-villain who's undercover, pretending to be just another normal person going about their lives. I devoured this, and seriously, getting this book would've been worth it simply for the covers alone. And the art. But add to that the superb writing, and y...more
Maggie Gordon
To be fair, this book is more of a 2.5. Technically, it's great. The art is detailed, gritty, and gives a good foundation to the weighty atmosphere. The dark and grim mood is spot on. Overall, the book captures the noir genre very well. On the other hand, the story isn't particularly novel. The idea of a bad guy who turns good has been done many times before, particularly in the noir and superhero genres, and Incognito doesn't add anything new to these themes. Furthermore, there's a lot of gende...more
I can see what they were trying to do with this book but honestly it didn't work for me. The main character seemed too much like the standard anti-hero protag and it seemed like he was too close to standard archetype for me to get at all invested in him. Also, not at all fond of trying to create a "redeemable" character who is also a rapist. Also not at all fond of the way the woman he raped was treated. A woman who doesn't want to spend time with a guy who comes off as intensely bored with his...more
Abraham Thunderwolf
The team that brought Criminal to the world doing a book about a supervillan who is now in witness protection? OH YEAH I'M TOTALLY READING THIS, was my thought as I picked it up. If I was reading this on the train I probably would've missed my stop. It's this crazy noir/pulp fiction of old/superhero world, lots of moral grays and black shadows. Zack's, the main character, day to day, his dreary office job, visits with his handler, are presented in sickly yellows, but his night time adventures co...more
Farah Ng
Review from Broken Penguins blog:

I recently found myself at the neighbourhood Heroes World looking at graphic novels with a friend. Past all the Walking Dead comics was Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s Incognito.

Incognito is different from what I know of comics (disclaimer: I know nothing about comics) — it’s more than just action. It’s a dark and hilarious story. The characters are bitterly sarcastic. It’s everything you want after a long day at work.

Having enjoyed Fatale so much I decided to check out what other books Ed and Sean had worked together on. I must admit I don't care for superheroes so wouldn't have bought this one but I'm glad I read it. I was definitely in the mood to read something with an anti-hero as the hero. It was interesting to see the focus on villains instead of heroes. I also like how much of a "normal life is hell" the book was focusing on. I didn't enjoy the art as much as Fatale but I still liked the book overall....more
The most recent Brubaker/Phillips collaboration I read was the Criminal series. This one is a bit different. It isn't just the subject matter, but the tone. This does not try to explore character depth or progression. Normally that would be a bad thing. But given the subject matter, Brubaker would come off preachy and cliche. I finished this hoping to read more in the series. Art is standard Sean Phillips, what does stand out a bit is the colors by Val Staples, nicely garish, with odd clashing c...more
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Haris Ansari
Despite the simple and somewhat cheesy dialogue ("tough tittie, Mister science-villain..."), Incognito's story and character proved interesting enough to draw me in...till it all started falling apart near the end.

While the author weaves a universe and tale that compliment each other perfectly, it all collapses into an ending rather abruptly. Quite unprecedented considering how, prior to the final chapter, the novel had provided me with ample time to digest and appreciate all new developments.

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SMAKK RRRIIPPPP WHUUPP KRAKK explode from night-dark blood-red backgrounds; obscenities balloon from mouths, guns decapitate in gore. (BG bad-guys big-guns bloody-gore shelf, not "Like", but fills nightmare horror niche.) From empty solitude to hopeful redemption, scruffy hero Zack slowly slides from bad to good. Cover says all - white smile above white shirt splotched with red on dark background. Counting pages annoying.

Zack Andersen is bored lonely alienated file clerk in Witness Protection,...more
THIS is a five star comic! I'd had it on my shelf for a couple of years, knowing it would be good, but not wanting to have run out of Brubaker books to read. Glad I waited, and now dreaming there will someday be a Volume 2!

I've said it time and again, Brubaker does gritty noir supers better than anyone, and when he gets to tell his own tight, non-corporate universe stories, he just excels. Using classic Zeppelin pulp characters that have languished since the '30s, Incognito translates them into...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, I've joked about using this word to describe books so often but it seems so apropos so often...this is an "interesting" book.

I give it a 3 and lest you don't know, from me that's a good thing. This is an interesting concept, though it's an idea that's been done a lot in the last few years at least in general, That is it's another attempt to take comic book superheroes and super-villains and bring them into the seedy, seamy, nasty, disappointing, cussing real world. We get lots of 4 letter...more
I love a good noir, a good pulp, they are fun to read, to get lost in, now I have not always been sold on Ed Brubaker as an author, I started reading Criminal Volume one, which is created by the same team, of Brubaker and Phillips, however about 3/4 ofthe way through, the story got bogged down and I got bored so I never finished the book, now, this hase of course made me shy of this series, but I don't know, just kinda had a hunch in the comic store and picked it up and I am very glad I did.

A su...more
Kevin Mann
Pretty good! I wont restate the plot themes like all the other reviews. On one hand, I wouldnt say this is brubaker/phillips "BEST" but it is a worthwhile better than average read, and ,it stands pretty well as a homage to the quirks and goofy fun of the 30s & 40s ERA pulps, mixing in superhero cliches from more recent times...The only minor complaint I have here is there were times i wondered why i care about this "zack overkill" guy? He isnt as compelling as other brubaker/phillps protagon...more
I've been enjoying Ed Brubaker's and Sean Phillips' collaborations on their CRIMINAL series, but ICOGNITO takes it to a whole new level.

Retained here is the same noir storytelling that Brubaker and Phillips have made their own over the past several years. But plotwise, they return to the gritty, back alley superhuman stories common to their run on SLEEPER. I wasn't sure how much I was going to enjoy such a startling return to that thematic material, but they turn in a story that's so different y...more
A nice, solid, action-packed comic that was inspired by early pulps--specifically, Brubaker resurrects characters from a bestselling pulp called "Complete Zeppelin Stories." Apparently, the bi-monthly publication rivaled even "Doc Savage" and "Complete Western Stories" in popularity, but was killed after the Hindenberg disaster. It was fascinating stuff for this SF pulp enthusiast to learn about in the article at the close of the volume (I had no idea that a thriving zeppelin pulp genre even exi...more
Janne Varvára
I got this for my birthday, and read it in one night. I had also never heard of it, so I didn't really have any expectations, other than what was told to me, that it was a dark comic, and somewhat violent.

I like the conspiracy theories in the plot, and I like the art with the dark colours, which contribute to the overall noir feel of this, but I don't rate it among my top comic books.
The truth is, I'm more or less unable to say exactly why I didn't absolutely love it. Perhaps it's just its overa...more
Shannon Coffey
I really wanted to love this one, and had waited for the trade to come out so I could take it in in one sitting. The concept is genius, and Brubaker's story was engaging at the beginning, but then seemed to lose it's way instead of picking up speed. Then with the endless reveals and plot turns toward the end, I wasn't sure what to make of it. I may have to reread this after I give it some time to percolate.

I was also a bit disappointed with Sean Phillips' work here. The art looks very rushed at...more
Very enjoyable pulpy superhero story.

I felt the writing fell apart a little towards the end when the action kicked in, which was a shame. Still giving it four stars because it was really a very minor quibble.
I think this is the first non-superhero comic I've ever read by Ed Brubaker. (Well, non-mainstream, if you insist on calling it a superhero comic.) And, it was pretty amazing. I love superheroes, but I also love turning the whole superhero genre on it's head. And I love it when an author can take a completely unlikely story, and write the characters as if they were real - and because they're reacting to things that we don't experience, their reactions aren't what we might expect - but they make...more
Aug 17, 2013 Josh rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Eh, I don't like rape. And guess where this one starts? yep - putting on a santa suit, and having sex with a woman who thinks you're someone else counts as rape. There are a million other ways to get to the same place creatively, even when your protagonist is an ex-supervillain.

So that's really the thing that knocked this book down a few stars. Ironically, I love Ed Brubaker enough to read a Vol 2, when that happens. But otherwise, it's a so-so Powers/Rising Stars/Supreme Power/et al style "sup...more
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Ed Brubaker (born November 17, 1966) is an Eisner Award-winning American cartoonist and writer. He was born at the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland.

Brubaker is best known for his work as a comic book writer on such titles as Batman, Daredevil, Captain America, Iron Fist, Catwoman, Gotham Central, Sleeper, Uncanny X-Men and X-Men: Deadly Genesis, and The Authority, and for helping...more
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