Incognegro to Return, Gets Prequel From Berger Books
Incognegro was a fascinating historical thriller with a still-timely premise. A light-skinned black man goes undercover to report on lynchings in the 1930s in the graphic novel by Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece, first published in 2008 from Vertigo. It becomes personal when he has to rescue his darker-skinned brother from accusations of murder down South.
Vertigo was founded by editor Karen Berger, who has since left DC with their move to the West Coast and is now setting up a new line of creator-owned comics at Dark Horse. Berger Books will be publishing a sequel to Incognegro as well as republishing the story in a tenth-anniversary edition.
Incognegro: Renaissance will be a five-issue prequel to the graphic novel by the same creative team. It
follows cub reporter Zane Pinchback through the glittering nightlife of the Harlem Renaissance as he goes undercover, passing as white, for the first time.
It launches February 7, 2018. The reissue, out the same week, of Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery will feature “enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material.”
Update: the Incognegro reprint can now be ordered from your local comic shop with Diamond code OCT17 0018. It’s $19.99.
The additional works coming out from Berger Books are:
* Hungry Ghosts by Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose, a four-issue food horror anthology that debuts at the end of January.
* Mata Hari by Emma Beeby and Ariela Kristantina, a five-issue biography coming February 21.
* The Seeds by Ann Nocenti and David Aja, a four-issue “eco-fiction tech-thriller” released March 28.
* The Originals: The Essential Edition by Dave Gibbons, reprinting his 2004 graphic novel in an oversized new edition with 32 pages of development art, process pieces, and behind the scenes extras annotated by Gibbons, available April 18, 2018.
All the series will be reprinted in collected editions.