Monday, June 22, 2009

Incognito

Imagine you are a supervillian. Blessed with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men. You and your brother (similarly superpowered), have held cities for ransom, destroyed multiple downtown blocks, and have caused people to quake at the sound of your very names. Now imagine that your brother is killed, you give up you villainous ways, and you live the life of a common office drone.

That's exactly the scenario Zach Overkill finds himself in the Marvel Comics series Incognito by geniuses Ed Brubaker and Scott Phillips. Inspired by the old pulp comics, Brubaker and Phillips take what we know about superheros and turn it on its ear.

I've been reading this series since it started, and it's outstanding. I haven't read anything by Brubaker before (though everyone is talking about his Criminal), but I'd really like to check out his back catalog. Incognito #4 came out on Wednesday, but I haven't had a chance to read it yet.

I highly recommend seeing if your local comics shop has it in stock, because it's worth it - even for non-comics fans. Check out this interview with the creators (including some preview art) here at Comic Book Resources.

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