Dark Horse have announced a release date for a hardcover edition of Mat Johnson and Warren Pleece’s Icognegro: Renaissance. The series now being collected forms a prequel to the 2008 Vertigo graphic novel (now available in a 10th anniversary edition from Dark Horse), Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery.
Incognegro: Renaissance collects Incognegro: Renaissance #1–#5. The series is a thriller exploring racial divides, and includes themes of “segregation, secrets, and self-image”.
Dark Horse explains:
When a black writer is found dead at a scandalous interracial party in 1920s’ New York, Harlem’s cub reporter Zane Pinchback is the only one determined to solve the murder. Zane must go “Incognegro” for the first time, using his light appearance to pass as a white man to find the true killer, in this prequel miniseries to the critically acclaimed Vertigo graphic novel, available in a special 10th Anniversary Edition.
With a cryptic manuscript as his only clue and a mysterious and beautiful woman as the murder’s only witness, Zane finds himself on the hunt through the dark and dangerous streets of “roaring twenties” Harlem in search for justice. In a time when looks could kill . . . Zane’s skin is the only thing keeping him alive.