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Showcase '95 #3

"Homecoming" - Mar. 1995

The Cover of Showcase '95 #3 by Barry Kitson and John Stokes
Script: Denny O'Neil
Pencils: Rick Burchett
Inks: Rick Burchett
Lettering: Bob Pinaha
Colors: Rick Taylor
Editor: Jim Spivey
Cover: Barry Kitson and John Stokes
Published by DC Comics

Alarge blond-haired man holds a nun in the orphanage, saying, "Know what I been dreamin' about for twenty years, Sister Balbina? I been dreamin' about cutting you into little, tiny pieces."

We cut to Vic Sage, in a truck getting a ride back to Hub City. Vic tells the trucker he's heading to the Hub City to go back to the orphanage -- he's geting older and he wants some answers.

Vic has a flashback of Sister Balbina hitting his hands with a ruler for tracking mud into the kitchen. He smiles at the memory, especially the part where she points to a fat blond kid and says "Why can't you be perfect like Ricky? Our perfect, precious little angel." To which the young Sage replies, "Why can't you go to hell?!"

Vic's memory is interrupted by a file cabinet being thrown out the window by the same gang that was shown at the start of the tale. The head punk with the blond hair looks at the nun and tells her why he's doing it: "I'll tell ya why. First reason is to get even with you. 'Cause when I was alittle kid, you scared me. I was a pukey teacher's pet'cause I was AFRAID. I hate you for doin'that to me."

Vic dons his mask, and runs into the abandon orphanage to save the nuns that are still in there. As Vic fights his way to the head punk, he stops, and asks, "Ricky is that you?", he then takes him out, and looks down at his defeated body, "I do believe I have died and gone to heaven." To which the nun replies, "Heaven's not where you're headed young man! You're headed in the other direction!"

Vic Sage just thinks about how little things have changed.

A more complete summary coming soon!


  • Vic Sage / The Question
  • Ricky
  • Sister Balbina


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Won the Haxter Award for Best Short Story.

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