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  • Title: Incognito #3
  • Story by: Ed Brubaker
  • Art by: Sean Phillips
  • Colors by: Val Staples
  • Letters by: Sean Phillips
  • Cover by: Sean Phillips
  • Publisher: Marvel/Icon
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2009
  • Cover Price: $3.50
  • Series:

Incognito #3

"Brubaker is laying in some heavy action for the reader."

By Chris Smits     April 16, 2009
Source: Mania

Review: Incognito #3
© Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips

Zack Overkill has been a bad man. He was bad when he and his brother Xander were a supervillain team and he was bad when he turned witness after the death of his twin. Now, in the witness protection program, he's been bad by going out into the night and stretching his superpowered legs as a masked vigilante of sorts. Well, some say 'If you play, you pay' and Overkill isn't surprised to find that he's made a mess. His identity has been figured out by his new life's best friend (who is now blackmailing him) and he's about to realize that his old pals in the crime trade have caught on and have come calling for payback. The man's got problems.


The Good

After the set-up of the first two issues, this time Ed Brubaker is laying in some heavy action for the reader. It seems like just about every character in here is pissed off right now and looking to take it up with Overkill. Sean Phillips just nails it again; whether it's uncomfortable dialogue in the front seat of a car or a fantastic fight between supes in a mall, his panels are fantastic. Even more characters are popping up and it's just continuing to flesh out the setting even more.


Cover art to Incognito #3 by Sean Philips

The Bad

The fact that this book is behind schedule and took this long for it to hit the stands.


The Prognosis

Much to my enjoyment, Brubaker's "Incognito" is filled with a wonderfully likeable rat of a lead and a really entertaining (and equally unscrupulous) surrounding cast. The action is picking up and the plot is just getting more rounded out. Yeah, it's got cussing and yeah, there's graphic violence, but it's not in there to be exploitive or to go for the cheap bang. This is just well written, well drawn and much needed on the stands. I'm grading it a solid A. The hell with Captain America, this is the book that people should be talking about Ed Brubaker for.


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Wiseguy 4/16/2009 3:17:32 PM

I love this book too. Still waiting for #3 to get here from Milehigh Comics.

ChadDerdowski 4/18/2009 6:01:43 AM

An A almost seems like too low of a grade.  There is nothing about this book that isn't awesome!  I completely agree that this is Brubaker's golden book, not the star-spangled Avenger!

And how about that blurb on the back of the book?  Well done, Mr. Smits.



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