The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage #3 – Jeff Lemire, Writer; Denys Cowan, Penciller; Bill Sienkiewicz, Inker; Chris Sotomayor, Colorist
Ray – 9/10
Ray: Jeff Lemire and Denys Cowan’s mind-bending Question epic returns for its third chapter after several months off, and a book as complex as this won’t benefit from time to forget the previous issues. The good news is, the creative team is working with a surreal, almost dreamlike structure that puts you behind Question’s mask in every issue, as he explores a new alternate world and tries to find the common threads. This issue finds him back in Hub City, closer to the present than last issue’s western adventure but still not today. This is a Hub City of organized crime, corrupt cops, and union strikes—with a ruthless Mayor who wants to drive organized labor out of town. When a young woman recruits Vic to help her find her missing activist brother, he’s pulled into a complex web of powerful enemies that have no problem beating him nearly to death to throw him off the case. The creative team is perfect at capturing the vibe of an old-school detective serial.
But as Vic gets closer to answers and the danger escalates, it becomes clear that not all is as it seems. Some of the brutal scenes of police violence may be hard to watch, especially now, but the latter part of the issue delves into a much different kind of horror. When scenes start skipping from world to world and the old west starts showing up again, prepare for one of the oddest and most mind-bending climaxes to an issue you’ve seen in some time. By the end of the issue, we have a better idea of just who or what Vic is up against, and the final issue sets up a battle against an ancient evil very different from the human foes he’s been facing until now. This might be a DC book, but it has much more in common with Lemire’s brilliant Gideon Falls over at Image. How much can the human mind take when going up against something genuinely inhuman? This is a challenging book very much in line with the iconic original run by the late great Denny O’Neill, perfectly updated by Lemire with the original art team as great as ever.
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