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WATCH: Karen Berger on the return of Incognegro

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Jan 30, 2018

Originally published a decade ago under DC Comics imprint Vertigo, writer Mat Johnson and artist Warren Pleece’s black-and-white graphic novel Incognegro is getting a new prequel miniseries. Titled Incognegro: Renaissance, it will be published under award-winning editor Karen Berger’s new Dark Horse imprint, Berger Books. Not only that, but fans will also be able to get their hands on a reprint of the original.

The critically acclaimed 2008 storyline followed New York reporter Zane Pinchback — who works for a black newspaper — as he is sent to investigate the arrest of his brother, charged with the murder of a white woman in pre-civil rights movement Mississippi. An African-American who can pass for white, Zane investigates “incognegro” in order to save his brother from being lynched by finding the real culprit. The prequel series will take place in 1920s New York, where Zane must go “incognegro” for the first time in order to find the killer of a black writer who was found dead while at a scandalous interracial party.

In the video below, Berger (who was responsible for the birth of Vertigo Comics) chatted with us about the revival of the title under Berger Books, and touched upon the storyline of the prequel, too.

 

Incognegro got so much acclaim when we published it as a graphic novel at Vertigo, and when I was starting Berger Books I had been in touch with Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece about doing something else with Incognegro,” said Berger. “I knew I was always coming back into comics. I wasn’t quite sure where I was gonna land, but I was actually developing a prequel miniseries to Incognegro with Matt and Warren — at a very slow pace. And then Berger Books sort of happened very quickly and I said, ‘Great! I have an instant book!’ and I had gotten the rights back to the graphic novel, which was awesome.”

Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery will be available on Feb. 6, while Incognegro: Renaissance #1 arrives in comic book stores on Feb. 7. Check out our video interview above for more, and let us know if you plan on picking up Incognegro.

Additional material by Nathalie Caron.