The Question v.1 #7
"Survivor" - Aug. 1987
- Script: Dennis O'Neil
- Pencils: Denys Cowan
- Inks: Rick Magyar
- Lettering: Gaspar
- Colors: Tatjana Wood
- Editor: Mike Gold
- Cover: Denys Cowan & Bill Sienkiewicz
- Published by DC Comics
The head of Hub City's illegal gambling operation, a man named Volk, is retiring, and after surviving an attempt on his life, he decides to make a deal with the Mayor. The Mayor however, shows up to the meeting drunk, and Volk refuses to do business with his wife. Desparate for help, Myra turns to freelance reporter Vic Sage to try to get access to Volk.
The man who funded the first assassination attempt on Volk plans to do things right the second time. He sent his nephew first, an amateur. Now he's hired three out-of-town gunmen.
Myra confides in Sage that she's doing all that she can to hold the city together. As he stares out through the blinds on the window, expecting more, that's all she says. When he prompts her, she tells him he was gone for a year and she had to move on -- her marriage may be a forced sham, but she still respects the vows.
Sage gets no further than Myra did, however. Volk refuses to talk to him, and threatens him with death if he attempts the interview in person. Sage converses with Tot on the subject of superhero ethics and "goes inside." Across town, the crime boss who hired the hitmen finds out where Volk is and plans to accompany the killers to kill him personally. Volk, in the meantime, goes about his business, spending the day with a prostitute.
It's not Sage that shows up outside the Savoy hotel looking for Volk, it's the Question. He climbs the fire escape and, as he approaches Volk's window, a whip crashes through the glass and grips his throat. Volk hears the man say "I am not your enemy," and believes him. Volk grants the Question the interview and gives the history of his life -- a gypsy travelling through Germany. Wounded and orphaned, he was raised by Bavarian wolves. Volk says he'd planned to inform on his competitors -- they were corrupt -- until he saw that the Mayor too was corrupt. And weak.
Outside, hired killers lurk in the hallways. Volk tells Sage to go, but Sage promises to stay and help. Volk takes out one of the hired killers and a henchmen with a rope dart, and the Question fights the other who comes in via the fire escape. After knocking the killer's weapon away, the Question watches his opponent lower into a martial arts stance. The Question makes short work of him: "Better stick to guns!"
The last killer takes a look at the bloodshed and decides to cut town, leaving the crimeboss on his own. The crimeboss fires into the room with an uzi, but Volk uses the whip to steal the weapon away. As Volk chokes him, the gangster pulls a pistol from his pocket and fires into Volk's torso. The gangster falls down dead, and Volk stumbles away injured. He tells Sage to go to Bavaria, where he'll find a tree like a question mark. "Someone should know the truth..." Volk dies.
Sage turns down a job from the station manager Finch to go to Bavaria. At the root of the tree, he finds a paw print and a V. Behind him, a wolf with the same scarred eye as Volk lingers. "Someone should know," says Sage.
- Myra Connelly Fermin
- Wesley Fermin
- Fuller from Detroit
- Smith from Wilmington
- Flaubert from Montreal
- Vic Sage / The Question
- Aristotle Rodor
Trivia / Minutiae
- The Official DC Comics Website
- The Unofficial Guide to the DC Universe
- Mikel Midnight's Golden Age Directory
- Mike's Amazing World of DC Comics
- Who's Whose in the DC Universe
- The Denny O'Neil Message Board at World Famous Comics Community
- From the Cyber-Den at World Famous Comics Community
- The O'Neil Observer Internet Archive cache
- Interview with Denny O'Neil - Conducted by staff of VicSage.com
- "I Was a Teen-Age Comics Artist" - Interview with Denys Cowan
- Catching Up With Denys Cowan - Interview with Newsarama
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