The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage: Book One -Review
The Question returns
Even though the character may have devoted fans, it is a rare sight to see a new book starring the Question in today’s modern comic book marketplace. It’s a treat to have this new title written by such a heavyweight as Jeff Lemire, and to have legendary the Question artists Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz all working on the project. This story revolves around the classic version of the Question, Vic Sage, who is a television pundit by day and the faceless vigilante by night. As described in the copy provided by DC: “what happens when he uncovers a mystery so strange and unseemly that it makes him question everything he thought was certain? What happens when Vic Sage finds himself standing over his own grave?”
The Prestige Plus format of the Black Label line helps immerse you in the grimy grit of Hub City. Cowan and Sienkiewicz create the proper atmosphere for a noir tale. Not to be forgotten, the lettering work by Willie Schubert is well done. We experience a lot through the Question’s thoughts. Schubert remains consistent in using thought boxes throughout is well placed and well-paced manner that helps convey the sometimes convoluted and claustrophobic thoughts of the Question.
I am looking forward to the next issue. The conclusion of this first issue has Vic Sage meeting up with another classic DC character, Richard Dragon. Dragon does something to Vic that is not absolutely clear. It appears that he sends Vic on some sort of vision quest where it seems that he is the Old West as shown by the clothes he has on (and supported by the preview of the next issue, where he is dressed as a gunslinger). More interestingly, it would seem he truly is faceless instead of wearing the faceless mask of the Question.