Incognegro

Incognegro

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"The early 20th Century: an era when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South. To most of the press, this epidemic of racial murder wan't even news. But a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were light-skinned African-American men who could 'pass' for white. They called this dangerous assignment 'going incognegro.' Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, barely escapes with his life after his latest 'incognegro' story goes bad. But when he returns to the sanctuary of Harlem, he's sent on a new story-- the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi" -- from dust jacket.
Published: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2008.
ISBN: 9781401210977
140121097X
Branch Call Number: GN INC
Characteristics: 134 p. :,chiefly ill. ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Robins, Clem 1955-
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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