Ed Brubaker & Sean Phillips are one of the most consistent writer and artist teams in modern day comic books. They benefit from doing creator owned titles that aren’t meant to go on forever. They have a definitive story in mind and they get tell that story and build the world using building blocks of their own. They’ve had slam dunks which each series they’ve worked on. I’ve had the pleasure of reading them all except for Incognito; which I needed to rectify immediately. The title is made up of 2 two different miniseries, a 6 issue and 5 issue respectively.
As I dove in the first thing that came to mind was how much the world of this book was similar to their previous work, Sleeper. The idea that the events we are witnessing are based in the real world where super powered beings exist in a very small number, maybe only a handful. The story follows Zack Overkill a former super powered person who worked for a criminal named Black Death in the past. Zack and his brother Xander became targets that lead to Xander’s death. Fearing it was his own organization that was trying to kill them Zack turned informant against them and was placed into witness protection by SOS, a group that hides super power involvement from the population at large. He’s been forced to take drugs so his powers are gone and made to live a shitty pedestrian life by comparison.