Incognegro: Renaissance #1

Writer: Mat Johnson Artist: Warren Pleece Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Release Date: February 7, 2018 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 9 User Reviews: 1
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After a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s New York, Harlem's cub reporter Zane Pinchback is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane must go "incognegro" for the first time-using his light appearance to pass as a white man-to find the true killer, in this prequel miniseries to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, now available in a special new 10th Anniversary Edition. With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue, and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder's only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of "roaring twenties" Harlem in search fo more

  • 10
    Outright Geekery - Aaron Kessel Jan 6, 2018

    If you like noir, mystery, or just great comics, you'd be remiss to skip Incognegro: Renaissance. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comic Book Bin - Andy Frisk Feb 14, 2018

    Destined to be studied in classrooms across academia much like Incognegro is, Incognegro: Renaissance is another Johnson/Pleece joint not to be missed. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Feb 1, 2018

    Reading the first issue, anyone can find in Zane Pinchback a very relatable hero. Not a fearless one, not an altruistic one, a very human one with talent, ambition, and the will to overcome trepidation for the truth. And just as in Fitzgerald's depiction of the Jazz Age, that truth is never guaranteed to be convenient or gilded, nor its pursuit without sacrifice and heartache. But in the fading luster of pretense and the waning cheapness of veneer, it's the only enduring treasure. This book has a solid twenty-four karat heart. Read Full Review

  • 9.1
    Black Nerd Problems - Jordan Calhoun Feb 8, 2018

    Overall, a great start to a series well deserving of further exploration. We can look forward to learning the backstory of Zane and what led him to the adventure we now know. You do not need to have read Ingcognegro (2008) to follow the story, so hop on here or go back to hop on there. Just hop on. Period. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Graphic Policy - Jon Carroll Feb 7, 2018

    In a day and age when too many creators feel like interchangeable cogs in a corporate machine and too many comics feel like they are mass produced to appeal to the majority of hypothetical readers a book likeIncognegro Renaissanceis refreshing because it is unique. This is a book that only Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece could have made and one of the best things I've read this year in any format. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Comics: The Gathering - Charles Feb 10, 2018

    Incognegro Renaissance #1 is intriguing, stylish, and achingly relevant. It delighted me and I highly recommend it. Read Full Review

  • 8.4
    The Fandom Post - Chris Beveridge Feb 7, 2018

    Mat Johnson puts in a lot of stage setting here to get everyone on the same page with how it was for most people and some of the unique problems that some like Zane had as well. Warren Pleece's artwork is fantastic with a lot of great backgrounds and intriguing characters that populates the world, making you look twice at everyone because someone could be involved. I'm definitely intrigued and have hope that it'll grow in some interesting ways as Zane discovers more of the truth of the world and the murder. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Bleeding Cool - Joshua Davison Feb 7, 2018

    Incognegro: Renaissance #1 sets up the story and a lot of historical context for the Harlem Renaissance in a compelling fashion. While some of its concepts are only translatable to someone whom took a Harlem Renaissance course or with an English degree (both me), its core plot is still approachable enough to make it engaging enough for the average audience. Plus, Pleeces artwork is really good. This one is recommended. Check it out. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Comic Crusaders - Johnny "The Machine" Hughes Jan 10, 2018

    How you view this book will ultimately depend on your personal point of view; this book probably has its heart in the right place, but I am struggling to find it to be honest. Granted, there is no getting away from the history of the 20's and how the race movement suffered until"" will let's be honest, it is still suffering now. Read Full Review

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