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#1 2006-08-11 21:27:54

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Conversation with Justin Eger

I've been meaning to post this...it's an e-mail conversation I had with Justin Eger, who writes a 52 column at Comic Book Resources. He and I would be interested in some other opinions. With his permission, of course:

Hey Eric,

Glad to hear from you. Jonah got your mail by mistake and forwarded this to
me, as I'm the actual writer of the article in question (no pun intended).

Nice to meet you.

Just wanted to toss back a few discussions with you, if you don't mind. As
an avid Question follower, as it seems you are as well, it's nice to find
someone with a similar interest that can actually string together a coherent
thought. Moreover, I just wanted to address your answers with some other
thoughts of my own.

As to #2, I do have to admit that my JLU experience with Vic is quite
limited, but as the character has developed form beyond the Denny O'Neil
years, I have to think that part of the influence on this new state of mind
stems from there, as more of a marketing aspect than a writer's perrogative
(its happened with so many other characters, it just seems logical at this
point). This attitude seems, to me, to be on a whole new level beyond the
"Cry For Blood" days, and a complete 180 from the most recent mini-series,
which, while not great, should have been considered in such a
continuity-heavy company as DC.

I love the way you put that he's not the guy in need of his own answers
anymore, but that he's there to help others along. That was the most
wonderfully put description I've heard about the character in years.

As to #1, I do remember Tot, but my question was more geared toward the use
of the name in the actual introduction to Renee, rather than it's overall
usage as a playful rejoinder. As stated, it's the writer's perogative to
handle the character in such a way, but it confuses me that a man who, for
how many years, never wanted to admit to being 'Charlie" and yet, suddenly,
changes his whole attitude without much explanation (at least to me). That's
my fault for stating the initial question so vaguely.

I'm thrilled to no end that Tot will be coming back, but I still stand by
the need for a Richard Dragon appearance similar to the one in Cry for
Blood. It wouldn't be a true Question story without at least a refernece to
the world's greatest fighter.

Lastly, to get my geek well and truly on, do you think that Vic riding
around in a van filled with boxes of papers seems to be an early precursor
to Frank Miller's take on the character in Dark Knight Strikes Again? There,
it seems that Vic was the ultimate paranoid, fearing the intrusion that
computers allow on the world, thus relying on an actual paper trail as he
fights for freedom... the van seems to be a logical extension of that ideal
to me. Opinions?

And on a purely superficial level, do you miss the hat and trenchcoat? I do.

Thank you for reading, and please let me know when you get your site up and
running. I'm quite excited to see the final product. Perhaps our discourse
will end up there in the future?

Take care,
Justin Eger

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#2 2006-08-11 23:08:00

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Re: Conversation with Justin Eger

I'd like to see his two cents on whether or not Vic will live through the end of 52, he sure seems to know his stuff.

I liked his idea of Vic's driving a van full of papers around indicating his paranoia; I was apprehensive at first about The Question being a straight-up conspiracy theorist in both DKSA and JLU, but I've warmed up to it since.


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#3 2006-08-12 09:43:05

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I'd like to see his two cents on whether or not Vic will live through the end of 52

Same here.


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#4 2006-08-16 07:53:13

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Re: Conversation with Justin Eger

Yes, that's me up there, and thank you for thinking I know my stuff. I try.

Anyway, I'm of a dual mind on the topic of whether or not Vic will survive. As a fan, I'm firmly in the corner of his survival and remaining as he is, rather than passing the mantle to Renee. While there is lots of good evidence to support his death or destruction, I'm not giving up so easily yet.

Personally, I look at Vic's tutelage as a way to get Renee out of the funk she's been in (smoking, drinking, sleeping around) and remind her that she was once a damn fine officer, and still can be one again, if only she'd just open her eyes. That's where the "You don't know yourself" comes in.

That's the fan talking. The writer in me says that Rucka is too good to have laid all this out so early on, that all this is just a red herring to lead us astray. After all, why give away the result of something that, most likely, won't happen until almost the end of the year. Seems sloppy to me.

Of course, as Erik Larsen always says in his own column, I'm willing to admit I could be wrong. And after issue 14, that quote of Renee's about holding his dead body in her hands seems just a bit too prophetic.


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#5 2006-08-16 09:15:14

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First off, thank you for joining us. As far as Question fansites go, nowhere else in the galaxy will you find a more wretched hive of scum and villany. But we try our best.  wink

You have a good argument against The Question's death; it kind of mirrors my own. If it's "the death no one is expecting" then why is everyone pegging it as Vic? You're right; there's been far too much foreshadowing, and Rucka is probably clever enough to paint Vic as the one to die just to show up with some unexpected left-field death. Personally, my money is on Ralph Dibny or Booster Gold.


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#6 2006-08-16 15:14:42

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Indeed, thanks for joining, Justin! We're glad to see you here. You probably would have gotten more comments on this piece if I hadn't waited 4 weeks after the issue it related to to post it.

I think I'm growing to share your ideas about Vic's potential impending doom. In a murder mystery (essentially what 52 is, I think), some foreshadowing is red herring. But on the other hand, if there aren't some real clues, the author isn't playing fair.

--Eric

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#7 2006-08-23 17:15:23

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Glad to see I have a few converts, but won't you all be P-ed when I'm wrong?

This is a fine site, by the way, so look for more of me, and seriously, keep dropping by CBR as you get time.


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#8 2006-08-23 20:00:00

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I'll be mad, certainly, but not at you.


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#9 2006-08-23 20:57:25

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Re: Conversation with Justin Eger

I really missed the hat and trenchcoat what about you guys


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#10 2006-08-24 06:54:52

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This is a fine site, by the way, so look for more of me, and seriously, keep dropping by CBR as you get time.

I have been a lot since I got back from SDCC you've got some great cameramen, every video I have is riddled with the tops of people's heads.


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#11 2006-08-24 16:55:55

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To join in on the sound-off, I think I'm generally of the same mind as Justin on all this- especially in regards to the trenchcoat and that dead body line, although I don't think that insures him at all as I'm expecting the real heavy hitting stuff quite further down the line, and to be less cut and dry than old Booster and his crazy submarine. No one really feels safe to me other than Montoya because at this point she's Rucka's go-to.


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#12 2006-09-23 16:33:07

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From Justin's column this week, something I had no idea about:

Also just to note, this week's issue of "Checkmate" noted that Suicide Squad made a move on Kahndaq during the missing year at the lead of Amanda Waller. I look forward to this confrontation, as I imagine it'll take place while The Question and Renee Montoya are still teamed up with Black Adam and Isis.

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#13 2006-09-25 15:09:19

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If they really want their "death no one expects" to be unexpected, they should kill Montoya - that'd be a surprise.  Considering how DC has been playing with people's expectations and putting out misinformation lately, I almost expect all the foreshadowing for Vic's death to be a red herring.

And yes, I miss the hat and trenchcoat.

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#14 2006-10-22 13:28:58

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Our board member Justin has a new column out today.

And it looks like the above is rapidly coming into play. Which side will Vic and Montoya be on?

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#15 2006-10-23 13:58:15

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They're with Captain America!


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#16 2006-10-23 14:12:31

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Unless Vic publicly unmasks himself on his nightly news show.

And if that happens I'm quitting comics altogether.


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#17 2006-10-23 20:44:20

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Vic's on his own side. He'd never give in. Never sell out. Never set up a company selling poster and diet pills and toy soldiers based on himself. Never become a prostitute. If that makes him a nazi, you might as well call me a nazi too. God, I'm in a very Rorschach-mood today. Anyways, on topic that news column looks pretty good, it cleared some things up for me about 52.


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#18 2006-10-23 22:11:23

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You big ol' Nazi.

Wait, what was the question?

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#19 2006-10-23 23:29:07

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Vic's on his own side. He'd never give in. Never sell out. Never become a prostitute.

Are you using 'prostitue' as a metaphore? Because from my own point of view, prostituition isn't a form of selling out at all.


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#20 2006-10-24 07:32:06

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I would most certainly think that prostitution is rather selling out. I am using it metaphorically, as joining with the government would make Vic a moral prostitute, he would be selling his good image and morals in exchange for clemency and monetary gain. But back to prostitution, how can it not be considered selling out? Unless one believed that allowing strangers to use one's body in exchange for cash was morally acceptable, it's pretty much the definition of selling out: exchanging your morals or something else precious to you for something material.


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#21 2006-10-24 08:04:02

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I am using it metaphorically, as joining with the government would make Vic a moral prostitute, he would be selling his good image and morals in exchange for clemency and monetary gain.

(For those missing the reference, he's quoting Rorschach from WATCHMEN #1.)

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#22 2006-10-24 10:09:11

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I would most certainly think that prostitution is rather selling out. I am using it metaphorically, as joining with the government would make Vic a moral prostitute, he would be selling his good image and morals in exchange for clemency and monetary gain.

Unless he was joining in an attempt to make some sort of difference.

But back to prostitution, how can it not be considered selling out? Unless one believed that allowing strangers to use one's body in exchange for cash was morally acceptable.

You just nailed my opinion down there. What's more, I would argue that in it's most base form, it's also a victimless crime. But lets not derail the thread now roll  wink


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#23 2006-10-24 14:10:10

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I am using it metaphorically, as joining with the government would make Vic a moral prostitute, he would be selling his good image and morals in exchange for clemency and monetary gain.

(For those missing the reference, he's quoting Rorschach from WATCHMEN #1.)

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#24 2006-10-24 16:29:38

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Well I'm for one glad that 52 is making Vic somewhat of a more popular character.

Oh and I'm the new guy.  tongue


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#25 2006-10-24 17:00:57

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Hey there, new guy...

Why don't you introduce yourself?

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