Searching For The Truth
Tripwire’s editor-in-chief Joel Meadows takes a look at Book One of Black Label/ DC’s The Question: The Deaths Of Vic Sage, out now…
The Question: The Deaths Of Vic Sage Book One
Writer: Jeff Lemire
Artists: Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz
Colours: Chris Sotomayor
Letters: Willie Schubert
Black Label/ DC Comics
DC’s Black Label has been a strange beast so far. Batman: Damned looked intriguing but was a rather empty affair while Superman: Year One was decent but felt like it really should have been a longer series. The Question: The Deaths Of Vic Sage is a four part miniseries in Black Label’s oversized prestige format which reunites artists Denys Cowan and Bill Sienkiewicz, bringing in Jeff Lemire to write it. The brilliance of Lemire is that he is just as comfortable writing more personal indie series like Essex County and The Nobody as he is penning superheroes like Animal Man and Justice League United.
I remember reading Denny O’Neil and Denys Cowan’s original Question run back in the 1980s and I have fond memories of it at the time. So can Lemire with the aid of Cowan and his regular collaborator Sienkiewicz bring that freshness back while updating the concepts for a modern audience? The answer is mostly yes they can. Cowan and Sienkiewicz have always been a fantastic team with Sienkiewicz’s inks acting as the perfect foil for Cowan’s jagged dynamic pencils.
Lemire writes Vic Sage as a campaigning avenger, in much the same way as O’Neil did, and the tale he has created here which sees The Question embroiled in a mystery that takes him into a number of different historical periods is an intriguing one which piques the reader’s interest. Lemire’s ear for dialogue is matched by the artists’ simple but effective page composition. The larger format really gives their work room to breath too and the story feels grander thanks to the oversized pages.
The creative team leave the story on a cliffhanger, and The Question: The Deaths Of Vic Sage illustrates why Jeff Lemire is one of the most highly regarded creators working in comics currently. Cowan and Sienkewicz are also an incredibly well-matched artistic team, bringing a cinematic feel to every page here. I shall be checking out its second issue to see if they can maintain the quality of its debut.
The Question: The Deaths Of Vic Sage#1 is out now from Black Label/ DC Comics.