The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1

Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Denys Cowan Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 20, 2019 Cover Price: $6.99 Critic Reviews: 21 User Reviews: 34
8.5Critic Rating
8.8User Rating

For years, Vic Sage has worn the faceless mask of the Question to clean up the streets of Hub City by sheer force of will. He knows right from wrong. He knows black from white. But what happens when he is drawn into a conspiracy that reaches from the heights of Hub City power to the depths of its underground tunnels? What happens when things stop being black-and-white and start getting a little gray? And what happens when, in a secret chamber deep beneath the city, Vic Sage meets his own end...and his new beginning? Eisner-winning writer Jeff Lemire joins forces with the legen more

  • 10
    DC Comics News - Derek McNeil Dec 9, 2019

    This miniseries is a dream come true for fans of the Denny O'Neil's classic Question series. There are some minor changes and apparently a major expansion of the character's mythos. But Lemire does a remarkable job of recapturing the spirit of the 80s classic. DC should strongly consider spinning a new ongoing series from this mini. Read Full Review

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    Forces Of Geek - Lenny Schwartz Nov 22, 2019

    So how do I feel about this book? Well, I can only say that this is pretty damn great. It is like an early holiday present has arrived. One that I am extremely thankful for. Read Full Review

  • 10
    Comics: The Gathering - Jay Hill Nov 20, 2019

    This is a rare comic. It (re)introduces a character, his world, and his complexity. Then after taking you on a ride for the entire comic, tells you that you haven’t seen anything yet. If this was just the first act of another noir mystery for The Question, it would be starting off strong, but it’s the start of something much more: a journey into the mystery of Vic Sage himself. And, as the story grabs you with every turn, the art impresses and immerses you. Read Full Review

  • 9.6
    You Don't Read Comics - Jason A. Fleece Nov 27, 2019

    The first issue of The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage smartly reintroduces the Question and his supporting cast. It will be interesting to see how the mystical turn at the end of the issue informs the rest of the series. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    AIPT - Vishal Gullapalli Nov 20, 2019

    This book is a perfect entry point for readers unfamiliar to the question while also being a love letter to the character that his fans can completely enjoy. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    The Daily Fandom - Kyle Scher Nov 21, 2019

    This has been a Question fan gushing about this for a while now. I know how it looks and that Im perhaps biased, but just got pick The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 up. This is what a Question book should be and being Black Label its able to go as far as it wants. You won't find anything like it on the comic book store shelf. Welcome to Hub City, its hell on earth! Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Sequential Planet - Ethan Maddux Nov 21, 2019

    Overall, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 is a timeless comic. It doesn't rely strongly on any continuity, and as a result it stands strongly on its own. While I have concerns regarding the direction it seems to be going in, it doesn't change the fact that this issue is absolutely stellar on its own. Incredibly refreshing art and stylish prose make this one of the best #1's of the year. Read Full Review

  • 9.2
    Graphic Policy - Logan Dalton Nov 20, 2019

    The debut is steeped in the classic O'Neil and Cowan run as well as the ideology of Ditko. Lemire, Cowan, Sienkiewicz, and Sotomayor make sure The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 isn't a nostalgia-driven retread. In a current era where political corruption runs rampant, and the said corrupt don't even try to sweep it under a rug, a character who isn't afraid to speak truth to power is incredibly relevant. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 20, 2019

    Lemire and Cowan have put together something fascinating here, but it's going to be another issue or two before I'm sure exactly where they're taking it. Read Full Review

  • 8.9
    Black Nerd Problems - Mikkel Snyder Nov 20, 2019

    All of that said, some of the plot elements introduced late in the issue raise concerns about how Lemire will handle sensitive subject matter, but right now we just have seeds of these idea. I'm going to be paying very close attention to how he handles the less superheroic aspects of the story. However, the book is gorgeous and Vic Sage's return to a solo title is still incredibly strong overall. I'm going to be waiting eagerly for the next three parts. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Horror DNA - James Ferguson Dec 17, 2019

    The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage takes this gritty, noir character and puts him through the wringer. It moves from street level corruption to so much more. Writer Jeff Lemire has given us a new and valuable perspective on this character and I'm curious to see where this journey goes next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Multiversity Comics - Christa Harader Nov 21, 2019

    The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 pays tribute to an underrated classic and primes the pump for a trippy new adventure. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Doom Rocket - Clyde Hall Nov 21, 2019

    This team is proven, and Lemire commands my confidence. The turning point of #1 is Vic Sage leaving his usual element, his consciousness expanded. It's no trifle, setting him spiritually adrift. The rest of the series either dies on that hill or evolves the Question. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    But Why Tho? - Charles Hartford Nov 20, 2019

    So, with the exception of that one unsightly statement from our title character, I really enjoyed my time reading The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1. It delivers the beginnings of what feels like an interesting and complex web and it leaves the reader just as curious as the Question himself about where this story will take us. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Jenna Anderson Nov 20, 2019

    The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 begins a stoic, bizarre, yet genuinely cool thrill ride, with visuals and revelations that will surprise longtime fans and new readers alike. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Jordan Claes Nov 20, 2019

    The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 is gritty, packed with action, mystery, and new twists around every corner. Vic Sage possesses the detective prowess of Batman, with all the zealotry of Rorschach. He's one seriously badass character who for the first time since his inception, is completely off his chain. Rejoice! Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Nov 21, 2019

    Even if you are not familiar with The Question, The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #1 is a great place to start. I think the book is worth picking up based just on the art. With a creative team this good, I know there are good things to come. Pick up The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage at your local comic book shop or however you get comics. Read Full Review

  • 7.6
    Monkeys Fighting Robots - Cody Walker Nov 20, 2019

    The Question is left with more questions. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Weird Science - Reggie Hemingway Nov 20, 2019

    An expertly-executed but somewhat dry story that paysa lot of gratitude to the versions that came before. Indeed, that seems to beall there is here. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Newsarama - Pierce Lydon Nov 22, 2019

    The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage is a solid read. Lemire, Cowan, and Sienkiewicz effectively communicate the mood and tone of this story. This is a dark, shadowy story that befits the Black Label name,. It’s the kind of book that you don’t mind seeing exist outside of regular DC continuity. The Question can take on aspects of society that other heroes can’t or won’t, and it’s interesting to see where he operates and how he fits in. It’s rare that we get a character who feels dangerously uncompromising but is essentially on the side of light, and it’ll be interesting to see where this creative team goes next. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    All-Comic - Luke Corona Nov 24, 2019

    While the first issue is a little slow out of the gate, there is tremendous potential for this series. Read Full Review

  • 10
    I Review Comics Jul 19, 2020

    One of the best parts of not being well versed in DC lore being introduced to new characters. Last week I read my first Lobo story in Tales From the Dark Multiverse. This week it's "The Question" written by the always awesome Jeff Lemire.

    Between Descender, Gideon Falls, Moon Knight, A.D. After Death and Bloodshot I believe that Jeff has earned his spot as one of the best writers in comics. Vic Sage presents Jeff Lemire's take on the character. I don't know much about "The Question" aside from recognizing him. I do know The Watchmen's Rorschach, a popular character directly influenced by Vic Sage.

    I picked up the book based on the creative team. I love Jeff but I'm also a fan of Denys Cowan who I've been following re more

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    Venom Jan 26, 2020

    This is awesome, I enjoy this very much .

  • 10

    This book is big and beautiful, really makes you appreciate the Black Label format. Denys Cowan's style looks tremendously different than it did in Denny O'Neil's run on the character and still so much different than his Deathstroke work, it is a bit sketchy but I dig it. Jeff Lemire has successfully returned Question to form while integrating aspects of Steve Ditko's Question.

  • 10
    mynameisraj Nov 19, 2019

    Lemire is a treasure/gift to the comic industry I swear. The artists lined up for this book are genuinely something out of this world.

    This somehow is better than his Joker: Killer Smile book and is already my favorite Black Label title.

  • 9.5
    M1sf1r3 Dec 6, 2019

    Lemire writing the Question. Check me in! But is it any good, well that's the question, isn't it? Sorry, couldn't resist.

    The Good:
    I really loved how Vic and Question differ from each other.

    This series stands to challenge Vic's black and white views.

    Art by Cowan is pretty good. Not my cup of tea but it fits the story.

    This series is going to be an acid trip isn't it?

    The Bad:
    Nothing really.

    An excellent start to The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage. I'm intrigued on where this is going to go.

  • 9.5
    allenquanobi Nov 20, 2019

    Vic Sage is back, wow what a great first issue. Lemire's amazing writing makes this issue such a fun and interesting read. It immediately starts off with action and witty dialogue and doesn't let up from there. The art is fantastic also, with some comics industry legends behind it, I can't believe this is a thing to be honest.

  • 9.0
    Eren Esirci Sep 26, 2020

    Bir The Question hayranı olarak uzun zamandır beklediğim zevki almış bulunmaktayım. Gerektiği değerin verilmediği bir karakter ama Lemire'i tebrik etmek istiyorum. Çünkü Sage'in kimyasını çok iyi çözmüş ve dersine iyi çalışmış. Hikayede gerçekleşen olaylar yetmezmiş gibi entrikayı arttırmak amacıyla bir de Sage'in geçmişini kullanıyor. Kendisini fazlasıyla ciddi alan bir sayıyla karşı karşıyayız. Her ne kadar hikayeyi takip etmek bir tık zor olsa da fazla zorlanacağınızı düşünmüyorum. Evet, hikaye bir dedektiflik hikayesi fakat klasik 'Katil Kim?' mevzularından ilerleyen bir dedektiflik hikayesi değil. Sağlam bir gizem var ve günümüz toplumunun en kötü taraflarını hiç tereddüt etm more

  • 9.0
    Liem Duong Jun 19, 2020

    A really solid start to a DCBL series. What more can you expect from a writer such as Jeff Lemire. Question: TDOVS begins with a classic-style mystery that The Question burns to answer, but is revealed to be a much bigger problem then he expected. What Jeff does best is drawing from influence from the great Steve Ditko and Denny O'Neil, both with distinctive portrayals of the Question while throwing in his own flare. This book is basically everything a Question fan loves about Vic Sage.

    The characterizations, dialogue, pacing, mystery, build-up, it all feels like a classic Question arc, which I have been dying to read. Denys Cowan, the legendary artist of the 80s Question returns to do the artwork with Bill Sienkiewicz doing the more

  • 9.0
    super_rex Apr 26, 2020

    loved the question in the justice league cartoons, love him here. Such a good issue

  • 9.0
    Linkush Nov 20, 2019

    An excellent way to start a new series.

  • 8.5
    Simon DelMonte Nov 21, 2019

    Excellent art and a general effort to turn back the clock to the original Denny O'Neil make this a delight to old school fans of Vic Sage, even if at times this threatens to teeter into nostalgia. Lemire's script stays focused, and he gives one of his better efforts for DC in the past few years.

  • 8.0
    Superheroes for Hire Dec 4, 2019

    A meaty book for sure, but some parts left me a little put off. And the higher size and price tag didn't quite seem worth it. With only limited exposure to the character's past appearances, I did feel the comic properly introduced most characters and backstory if needed to advance this story. The art from Cowan and Sienkiewicz did have a bit of a throwback style, though I don't think it was by any means dated here. I very much appreciate the mid-80s comic era, and this issue brings a little of that to the forefront - hard boiled street vigilantes, rampant crime on said streets, and the master-student component to our hero's story. Honestly this could have been a 48 page regular sized comic and the art would have been just as clean and allo more

  • 8.0
    Deadlybeavis Nov 20, 2019

    Cool stuff. Jeff Lemire rarely disappoints.

  • 7.0
    Gizmo Nov 25, 2019

    Seems a little over hyped, but it's decent. The book by it's very nature is reactionary, which is appropriate for the Question's character.

  • 6.5
    Spacey Medicine Nov 26, 2019

    Once I got past the intense cringe of the very unwelcome return of objectivist Question being mean to human trafficking victims I ended up having an okay time reading this, for the most part. I had a lot to nitpick, but for sure the thing that I disliked the most was Myra. I’m really sad about what’s been done to her. Why is she the sister of the Mayor? Why is she stupid?

  • 6.5
    Amazing Psycamorean Nov 20, 2019

    Sorry, after some reflection and seeing a lot of contradictions to my original review in the comic itself with fresher eyes, I have to change this review. I was pretty wrong about how this issue capture the tone of O'Neil's Question. I blame the art. The smoke and mirrors, if you will. The character work was not akin to O'Neil's run. It was pretty astoundingly off with characters like Myra, and how I somehow managed to ignore that, I couldn't tell you. My original review will stay below this one for posterity's sake, as shameful as it makes me feel.

    Original Review (Original score - 8/10):
    This felt a lot like classic Question, but I feel like it was maybe a little more

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