In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they'd like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don't like, but there's so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).
I was doing this as a weekly feature earlier this year, but I didn't think it was getting enough attention, so I figured I would instead do it every day this month, make it a bit of a thing. Draw some attention to these great books being recommended!
Today's creator is Dan Panosian. Panosian broke into comics in the early 1990s as a very young man, working on pretty much every major Marvel comic book character (Spider-Man, X-Men, etc.). After taking a break from comics for a number of years to become a successful commercial artist (as well as game designer and storyboard artist). He returned to comic books about a decade ago and his maturation as an artist has been astonishing. He has worked on a number of comics for Marvel, DC, IDW, Boom!, Dark Horse and Dynamite. He does a lot of awesome covers and most recently drew a Red Sonja/Conan crossover. Dan's choice is Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips' Incognito (colors by Val Staples).
Incognito is about a former supervillain who has been placed into witness protection and has to take drugs that inhibit his superpowers. He works as a file clerk in a company and he is basically miserable, as he is a rat who KNOWS he is in a cage. Thus, he soon finds himself doing things to give him the old rush he got from villainy, even if they're pretty messed up things...
He begins doing drugs to dull the pain of his life and discovers that the drugs counteract the effect of his power-inhibiting drugs, so he goes around the city and to avoid trouble, he does "good guy" stuff...
His return, of course, soon draws him into conflict with both the good guys AND the bad guys, as he finds himself working along the good guys in a very uneasy alliance.
Brubaker and Phillips have worked this arena before with their excellent Sleeper series, and they continue with their unique ability to introduce unique and fascinating villains and heroes (remember how awesome Miss Misery was? There might not be anyone THAT cool, but there are plenty that come in the general vicinity).
They later reunited for a sequel.
Thanks for the recommendation, Dan!