Friday, October 16, 2020

Review of "Incognito Number One," by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

 Review of

Incognito Number One, by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

Five out of five stars

A tough antihero is presented

 The opening of this story has two seemingly incongruous parts. In the first two pages a masked man drops into an alley to rescue a woman being attacked by three men. He deals with them rather quickly and efficiently and then tells her to get lost and forget about him. There is an immediate switch to a clean cut man wearing a tie in an office and then attending a holiday party where he pulls a dramatic con on a female co-worker.

 This sets some of the context for what is a man with an extremely violent past that is somehow in a program where he is trying to just be another office salaryman in a world that is generally alien to him. There is the mention of drugs and he has some significant powers of strength and at least partial flight. He was one of a pair of twins that were the subjects of the traditional mad scientist with wild hair, bug eyes and a nasty, toothy grin.  

 While most of the contextual background of the main character has been established, there are still a few unknowns to be fleshed out. Yet, there is enough to pique the interest of the reader in what is another character in the dark, antihero genre.

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