Incognegro

Incognegro

Graphic Novel - 2008
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In the early 20th century, when lynchings were commonplace in the American South, a few brave reporters - light-skinned African-Americans - risked their lives to expose the truth. This undercover work was known as 'going incognegro'. Zane Pinchback's latest case hits close to home: his brother has been arrested for murder.
Publisher: New York : DC Comics/Vertigo, c2008.
ISBN: 9781401210977
140121097X
Branch Call Number: GN JOHNSON
Characteristics: 134 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Pleece, Warren

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skyekilaen
Feb 03, 2015

Incognegro drew me back to comics after several years when nothing interested me. The story is intense beyond words. It's a mystery, a crime and detective story, and a reminder of the deep horror of how African-Americans have been treated throughout U.S. history. It's set in the 1930s. Zane Pinchback is an African-American reporter who has skin light enough to "pass" for white, working in New York. He travels to Mississippi when his brother is accused of murdering a white woman. Johnson was inspired by the real life stories of Walter White, executive secretary of the NAACP, who made similar trips to investigate lynchings.

For those interested in crime or mystery stories or American history, this is a must-read. It's violent, but not without purpose. Johnson is an award-winning writer and writing professor, and he handles this story beautifully. Pleece's art looks appropriate to the setting without appearing dated. They're both exceptionally talented, and I've enjoyed following their work on other projects after I read this.

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chekeichan
Jul 14, 2010

Very gripping story about race, class, and sexism. Read it all in one sitting at the library.

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