Mat Johnson & Warren Pleece - Incognegro (4 stars)

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Mat Johnson & Warren Pleece - Incognegro

(Vertigo/DC)

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Comics of course can tackle any subject matter – it’s a medium not a genre after all (despite the predominance of superhero titles), and Vertigo at DC has been pushing leftfield stories into the mainstream since its inception in 1993.

Set during the 1950s, Incognegro is the code name of a pale-skinned African American reporter who can pass as white, infiltrating lynchings and helping to prosecute those involved. Based on true events, Johnson takes us into the heart of the Deep South for a murder mystery where the facts are muddled or ignored by racism. It brings up some interesting points but never discards story and pacing for politics.

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