Welcome to the 2021 A to Z Challenge! My theme this year is DC Comics. And that’s mostly because of my undying affection for the comic book characters and stories that I grew up reading in the 80s, 90s, and early 2000s. So stay tuned all month to (maybe) learn a little something about 26 corners of the DC Multiverse.
Not a lot of options for the letter Q. There’s the Question and there’s Queen Bee. I honestly don’t know much about either of them, so I flipped a coin. It was a quarter… which also begins with a Q.
Here’s what I know about the Question…
In his civilian life, he’s a guy named Vic Sage. I want to say he’s a detective of some kind, but that may just be based on how he dresses in a trench coat and fedora all the time. As the Question, Vic is a man without a face. He literally has no facial features. It’s a little disconcerting.
His penchant for using question marks can possibly confuse him with Batman villain, the Riddler, but the Question is a hero. Though I really don’t think he has super powers to speak of.
During the mid-2000s, following the Infinite Crisis event, the Question featured heavily in DC’s weekly comic book series, 52. His story intertwined with that of Gotham Police Detective Renee Montoya, who was originally created for Batman the Animated Series. She and Harley Quinn have a lot in common… no… just that one thing.
Vic took on Renee as a sort of protégé and, by the end of the year-long 52 series, Vic had tragically succumbed to his cancer diagnosis with Renee taking over the role of the Question, faceless mask and all.
That’s about all I know about the Question within DC’s continuity. Outside of continuity… well, that’s different.
The Question, along with several other DC characters, did not start his comic book life in the pages of DC Comics. Originally, he was a character owned by Charlton Comics, created by Steve Ditko, who co-created Spider-Man with Stan Lee. In fact, the Question appeared in Charlton Comics titles up until the early 80s when that company was on the decline and DC acquired its characters.
So when Alan Moore came along with his idea for Watchmen, he wanted to utilize those Charlton characters. However, knowing how dark Watchmen was going to wind up, the powers that be at DC decided they didn’t want to ruin these characters that they had only had the rights to for a brief period. They may have even had plans for some of them.
Undeterred, Moore just changed his Watchmen characters so that they were basically copies inspired by those Charlton characters. The Question became Rorschach. Captain Atom became Dr. Manhattan. Blue Beetle became Nite Owl. Peacemaker became the Comedian.
That’s the extent of my Question knowledge. Do you have anything to add about the Question? Let me know your thoughts down in the comments!