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Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery (New Edition)
Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery (New Edition) | Mat Johnson
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This tenth anniversary edition of the acclaimed and fearless graphic novel features enhanced toned art, an afterword by Mat Johnson, character sketches, and other additional material. In the early 20th Century, when lynchings were commonplace throughout the American South, a few courageous reporters from the North risked their lives to expose these atrocities. They were African-American men who, due to their light skin color, could "pass" among the white folks. They called this dangerous assignment going "incognegro." Zane Pinchback, a reporter for the New York-based New Holland Herald, is sent to investigate the arrest of his own brother, charged with the brutal murder of a white woman in Mississippi. With a lynch mob already swarming, Zane must stay "incognegro" long enough to uncover the truth behind the murder in order to save his brother -- and himself. Suspenseful, unsettling and relevant, Incognegro is a tense graphic novel of shifting identities, forbidden passions, and secrets that run far deeper than skin color.
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iamtoddseal
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This‘s written in a way that pulls you in, even if you think you know where this is going, with a nice bit of revenge in the closing pages. The tale feels both familiar and new, some pieces I haven‘t read in a story this type before. There are layers here that fade if not looked at quickly enough, “passing” a few different ways. That makes this clever and worth a repeat read, with a plot that‘s worth looking at again, too. You don‘t know who‘s who

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iamtoddseal
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“Couldn‘t even bury her. I must have sat there an hour, I couldn‘t move. Then the dogs came, and the sheriff with them.”

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Sweettartlaura
Incognegro | Mat Johnson
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This was as much fun as a story about lynchings can possibly be.
Based on the story of Walter White (former head of the NAACP, not that other one), Johnson turns his protagonist into something of a “masked man” superhero. Zane can pass for white, so he travels to the South in the pre-Civil War era to investigate lynchings & record what he can. It‘s fraught with life-and-death situations. But Johnson manages to inject some humor where he can.

ProfReader I‘m excited to read the graphic novel!!! 12mo
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lauralovesbooks1
Incognegro | Mat Johnson
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Johnson's graphic mystery based on the true story of African-Americans who could pass as white and went undercover to investigate lynchings in the early 1900's is compelling and horrifying at the same time. The art style worked well with the storytelling.

Reviewsbylola Wow, what a horrible and fascinating bit of history. 2y
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skyeharmony
Incognegro | Mat Johnson
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[Book 2 of 2018 (the year, not my goal 😂)] Great story about a black journalist who passes as white and covers lynchings. Haunting reminder of the not-so-distant past.

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Thndrstd
Incognegro | Mat Johnson
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A powerful graphic novel about a reporter who “passes” for white as he investigates and reports on lynchings in the deep South in the early 20th century. He soon is investigating a murder while trying to save his brother. An often disturbing, compelling story from a dark part of American history. Highly recommended.

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Incognegro | Mat Johnson
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Celebrate #AfricanAmericanHistoryMonth by reading these graphic novels. These graphic novels touch on police brutality, the mid-century civil rights mvt, our own Rep. John Lewis, and reporting lynchings in early 20th century. They will make you uncomfortable. That's the point. If you have white/non-black POC privilege, reflect on that while reading these books. Share them with others. Titles tagged in comments. #BlackLivesMatter

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