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The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage: 02/02/22

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage

The Question: The Deaths of Vic Sage by Jeff Lemire and Denys Cowan (Illustrator) is a four issue/four chapter comic/graphic novel about a man trying to save his home from evil.

He as the "the Question" is a faceless hero, while his enemy is a man of many faces. The tale of Vic Sage is set across three different eras and structurally similar to the longer Gideon Falls. Like every other Jeff Lemire story I've read, this one also sits on the Road Narrative Spectrum.

The protagonist regardless of which era he's in or which name he uses, is explicitly an orphan — as in raised in an orphanage (FF). That automatically makes him the most powerful of travelers and the most likely to survive the ultimate evil.

The destination is a uhoric one (CC), begun in the present day. The goal is to understand the past in order to save the future. As the comic progresses, the protagonist's previous lives begin to meld together in a fashion similar how the dimensions bleed together in the final chapters of Gideon Falls.

The route is the maze. The protagonist and people near him do die, have died. The question of The Question is whether or not the present day hero will survive.

I think if I'd read The Question by itself without having read Gideon Falls, I would have enjoyed this book more. As it is, it seems rather repetitive and derivative. The one saving grace though is this story is self contained to a single volume.

Three stars

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