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Incognito by Ed Brubaker
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Mar 25, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 25 to April 01, 2012

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 for cheap thrills, which works great until the criminal empire takes notice. Fans of pulp fiction take note: there are analogues to Doc Savage, Pat Savage, and the Shadow here. There is also an undertone of film noir, no surprise there as the creators worked on Criminal. There is a satisfying conclusion to the story, makes me wish in some ways they hadn't gone further.
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