The Significance Of The Last Page Of Incognito #1

Okay. By the very nature of this piece, there will be spoilers for those who have not yet read the first issue of Incognito: Bad Influences #1 by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. Look, I’ll turn the images on their side to help reduce spoilerage. Because we’re not specifically looking at the pictures but the spaces between them.

Incognito is a movie-optioned series from Marvel’s Icon imprint about a suprvillain hiding in a witness protction programme, stripped of his powers. Naturally it does not go smoothly. And now he has found himself in a very different situation.

Incognito has a fairly straightforward panel structure. Panels may bleed, change in size and shape, but they don’t overlap. It’s not as rigid as a fixed grid system, but it’s not as splashy as a Jim Lee comic, say. Here, have a look. Turn your head.

But on the very last page, something different happens. The panels start to gain layers. And slowly, down the page they begin to overlap.

A new character appears here for the first time. Simon Slaughter. His background and identity are very much in the mix, and whatever his effect, it seems to extend into the very structure of the page itself… expect to see this every time he appears.

About Rich Johnston

Chief writer and founder of Bleeding Cool. Father of two. Comic book clairvoyant. Political cartoonist.

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