Abandon Your Resolutions And Enter The Morally-Grey Pulp World Of Incognito

Looking for something that breaks out of the straight-and-narrow of everyday life and into something a little more... evil? Then perhaps you'd be interested in Incognito, a new comic about the darker things in life.

We've already told you that Incognito - the new series from writer Ed Brubaker (forever to be known as "The Man Who Killed Captain America") and his Sleeper partner Sean Philips - was the one essential comic to be released last week, but in case you didn't want to take our word for it, Brubaker offered up the skinny on the series on Newsarama.com over the weekend.

Calling the series "Apocalyptic Pulp Noir," the genre-bending series will offer "some real weird and alien stuff going on right next to these dark shadowed scenes of despair and sex" throughout its run, according to the writer:

I'd been thinking about how comics grew out of the pulps, in many ways. That many of our superheroes, if not all, have their roots in pulp characters - Doc Savage, the Spider, the Shadow - these harder-edged characters inspired Batman and Superman and a lot of others. And at the same time, I was thinking it was funny that noir in many ways grew out of the pulps, too - since Hammett and Chandler came out of Black Mask - but that no one had ever written a noir story in the worlds of Doc Savage or the Shadow.

And it just clicked — had no one ever done a noir pulp hero story? Taking two pulp staples and slamming them together? Was that possible?

The resulting story - about Zack Andersen, a former supervillain who is chafing at his new life in the supervillain version of the witness protection program - isn't necessarily what you might expect, even if you're familiar with the two creators' earlier series Sleeper (currently in the process of being adapted into a movie by producer Sam Raimi):

As you know, Sleeper is about a spy forced to live among the enemy for so long that he loses sight of which side he's on, lost in the shades of grey of his world, losing his moral compass. So I was thinking, what about someone having to go the opposite path? What would that story be? And I thought, it'd have to be about a bad guy, a real villain, who's somehow put into a position where they start doing decent things, accidentally saving people... stuff like that, and then you'd see what happened next — how that changed them, and what it would do to whatever life they're living.

Abandon Your Resolutions And Enter The Morally-Grey Pulp World Of Incognito

Not that everything will be laughter and candy, as our anti-hero turns towards the light, of course:

The bad guys are definitely a lot of fun to write, but I think it's just figuring out what character you're going to write, and getting in their head to tell the story that drives me. And there are really messed-up things in bad guys heads.

The first issue of Incognito is in stores now.

Ed Brubaker: 7 Things to Know About 'Incognito' [Newsarama]