Incognito #2 hit the stands last week, and it’s about time. If you’re like me, you can’t get enough of Ed Brubaker’s hard-boiled anti-hero Zack Overkill. Once a supervillian, then a (lousy) fake semi-hero out on parole, this second volume finds Zack going undercover trying to find a former S.O.S agent who’s taken to carving up anyone who gets in his way. Incognito‘s pulp influences have always been worn proudly on its sleeve, but the Good Guy going Bad, and trying to make his old cronies spill whatever secrets they still have, works as well as ever.
Issue #1 ended with a bang, and our first look at Zack’s new nemesis – the newly rogue Simon Slaughter. Slaughter’s killed every mole the S.O.S. has sent after him, and now Zack has to track him without the good guys’ overt help, or the bad guys getting wise to what’s really up. Following a random street-level drug deal, Zack makes his way to the dealer’s fave hang-out, a super-brothel where the girls wear masks and the guys can let their guards, and pants, down in peace. Zack cases the place and finds his old compadre, King Midas. Walking the line between “undercover” and “getting a hummer”, Zack finds out that the world he left has only grown more dangerous with time.
If you haven’t had a chance to grab this book, do so now. You won’t be disappointed.