Incognegro: Renaissance #5 Review – Closure and Small Victories

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Zane and Bette plan to expose Van Horn as a fraud and having plagiarized Xavier's manuscript. Bette receives a threatening invitation to meet at the Waldorf Astoria. She must go alone, so she helps Zane put together a disguise to get in as well. She meets with the perpetrator of it all, and this person threatens to expose Bette as a woman of color. She and Zane must work together to escape this danger and expose Van Horn.

Incognegro: Renaissance #5 cover by Warren Pleece
Incognegro: Renaissance #5 cover by Warren Pleece

Incognegro: Renaissance #5 brings the story to a neat ending, giving out happy conclusions to most of the characters within. Zane and Bette get to show a cleverness and understanding of their world while retaining their charming personality.

The reveal of the perpetrator isn't as dramatic as one may hope, though that was likely never going to be the case. Zane and Bette are the only characters fully fleshed out in the story, and it would have been thoroughly unsatisfying if Bette turned out to be the true killer.

That said, the villain represents a power structure, and that is thematically consistent with Incognegro: Renaissance. As such, getting to see Zane and Bette overcome said power structure is very satisfying.

Incognegro: Renaissance #5 art by Warren Pleece
Incognegro: Renaissance #5 art by Warren Pleece

Warren Pleece once more delivers a visually appealing book, even if the stylism isn't especially distinct or grabbing. It's functional even if it isn't especially astounding. I still wish, to a degree, that the book was in color. I understand the stylistic point of keeping it monochromatic, but I'm an easy sell on a vibrantly colored comic book.

Incognegro: Renaissance #5 delivers on a satisfying and smart ending. The book makes good on its thematic motif and its compelling leads. We are given closure to the story, even if the world will continue to be a struggle for our protagonists. The art is solid, even if it isn't dazzling. This conclusion earns a recommendation. Check it out.

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About Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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