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Answer in the form of a Question.

Posted on 2009.03.31 at 07:05
My first bromance with The Question more than likely came from Rorschach, though I did not realize it at the time. Denys Cowan and Dennis O'Neal made me love the Question. I went on the hunt for Ditko's version as published by Charlton because of this, which in turn spawned a short sick affair with Mr. A.
Most people don't give the new Question a fair shake. The majority of the hate though comes from the Vic Sage Question purists. I imagine a smaller group of fans just generally hate what they did to Renee Montoya. It does not fit personal fan continuity or they were fans of Batman: The Animated Series version of the character. No doubt there is another demographic of out and out homophobic idiots who hate the new Question just because of her sexual orientation.

Me, I've not fancied how most of the writers have used her. Other than that, I like the idea of a dynamic hero that actually changes. Change is good. The idea of reinventing characters in the context of a multi-generational legacy was what inspired the Silver Age after all. Damn the aging fanbase that cannot get over their childhoods. How many comics fans these days really grew up with the Question anyways? The Charlton line was mostly a cult novelty and the modern Vic Sage version was a rather adult comic book to begin with. There is no need to pander to anyone's nostalgia in either of these cases.

Okay back out of the tangent. When I saw this sketch by Cully Hamner of the new redesign for the Rennee Montoya Question... I was blown away. This really hit it on the head.



What I really like is the androgyny in the design. It does not smack you over the head with Montoya's sexuality per se, but it still teases and redefines the meaning of the name "The Question". Now even the gender of the character itself is as much a "question" as the blank masked profile it. Even down to the hairstyle it plays this game of "boy or girl" on the viewers eyes. It blanks out her sex and sexuality while at the same time is a bit ironic towards it. I imagine this is going to offend some people even more. But it is totally right. The Question should be just that. The Question. Not man or woman or straight or gay or white or black or hispanic or asian or such ad infinitum. Mister Hamner, you nailed it with this look.

I am thekamisama and I approve of this Question.

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Doktor Kamisama
thekamisama at 2009-03-31 23:09 (UTC) (Link)
With the porkpie hat and the medium length hair you'd almost think of it as a look you'd see on a post-punk, psuedo-emo, boy or girl trying to emulate a 90's ska/retro-swing vibe?
Fear and Self Loathing in Long Melford
fry1138 at 2009-03-31 21:37 (UTC) (Link)
Ive known the answer was 42 for years....now i also know the Question.
Doktor Kamisama
thekamisama at 2009-03-31 23:04 (UTC) (Link)
Now that would be great if someone made The Question an adversary named just "42". That would be a hoot! Ditko originally created The Question to be a Randian Objectivist Hero. Not much would seem further from Ayn Rand's objective philosophy than the absurdism of Douglas Adam's Hitchhiker series!
philippos42 at 2009-04-01 00:11 (UTC) (Link)
She's pretty.

I do like the strange & faceless ditkoesque heroes. Spider-Man, the Question, pre-Gaiman Black Orchid, & so forth. This is a stylish take on that.
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