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June 5, 2008

Montoya clue in Thursday’s NYT crossword

For those needing assistance with today’s New York Times crossword puzzle, specifically this clue:

“[Blank] Montoya, DC Comics heroine known as the Question.”

The answer: Renee.

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Greg Rucka previews Final Crisis: Revelation

Final Crisis: Revelation 2 \From Comic Book Resources:

Rucka confirmed both The Spectre and The Question figure into Morrison’s “Final Crisis” but couldn’t share many details on that front. The Question was already seen in #1. “The Question is actually very prominent in ‘Final Crisis.’ Grant’s using her pretty extensively,” Rucka teased. “Geoff [Johns] and I have talked about how to use The Spectre following this, There are some plans in development. I think both The Question and The Spectre come out of all the ‘Final Crisis’ stuff in very strong position as far as character visibility goes.”

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June 1, 2008

Final Crisis: Revelation “cover element” revealed

Greg Rucka posted this piece of Philip Tan art at his blog today, along with news that he unfortunately won’t be coming to HeroesCon this year.

Final Crisis: Revelation 2 \

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May 21, 2008

Amazon reveals 3rd Question TP by O’Neil/Cowan

The Question: Epitaph for a Hero, according to, will be released mid October of this year. This will be the third volume collecting the classic Dennis O’Neil/Denys Cowan series.

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May 9, 2008

Geoff Johns talks Final Crisis: Revelation

From Newsarama:

NRAMA: OK, next in DC Universe #0 is a teaser for Final Crisis: Revelations. Can you talk about that preview story?

GJ: It’s Revelation with no “s,” isn’t it?

NRAMA: Well, no “s” is the way we were told by Greg Rucka for the interviews we did with him and artist Philip Tan. But the advertisement in DC Universe #0 says Revelations with an “s.” Even Greg has it two different ways on his blog. So it’s a little confusing. Can you clarify it?

GJ: I know that’s a common mistake we’ve all made, but the proper way is no “s.” That’s Greg’s book. I can say that I’ve read the first two scripts, and it’s my favorite thing I’ve ever read by Greg. And that includes the Question/Renee Montoya banter.

But I will talk a little about the Spectre, because this is something we’ve discussed a lot. If you look at the Spectre throughout history, he focuses in on those who deserve swift and sometimes cruel punishment and he’d enact it in often violent and bizarre ways. But when the chips were down and when everything would hit the fan, the Spectre would rise up and he’d act as this huge force of good. And in this issue, we talk about how this new host for the Spectre has yet to do that. Detective Cris Allen has yet to understand his role. Right now, his role is to enact vengeance, an eye for an eye. In that page, we see he won’t look up in the sky. He doesn’t realize his role is much bigger.

NRAMA: He’s bigger than just gravediggers and small-time murderers.

GJ: He should be. We see Corrigan arm-wrestling the Anti-Monitor for all of creation and then Cris Allen turning a killer into maggots from the inside out.

NRAMA: I know you can’t talk about the narration, but it talks about prayer.

GJ: Yeah.

NRAMA: And obviously, since Revelation focuses on God’s spirit of vengeance, it will have religious overtones?

GJ: Again, I don’t want to talk too much about Greg’s book, just what was in DC Universe #0.

NRAMA: But that religious context continues into the next segment, where Final Crisis has that same feeling, doesn’t it?

GJ: There’s a Biblical sense to it all. Grant created the Crime Bible, and Greg really built upon it. There’s a lot more to the Crime Bible and the religious tone. Libra’s more like an evangelist. Grant’s got him playing like an evangelist. There’s a reason for it.

NRAMA: He’s almost like a prophet, foretelling the coming of the New Gods.

GJ: Yeah, a prophet. And you just see a touch of him there.

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May 7, 2008 previews Montoya in Final Crisis

Renee makes an appearance on page five of the preview, encouraging Dan Turpin to quit smoking.

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April 22, 2008

Ditko Book to Debut at MoCCA in NYC

Fantagraphics Books is proud to announce that Strange and Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko – the first critical retrospective of Steve Ditko, the co-creator and original artist of the Amazing Spider-Man – will make its much-anticipated debut on Saturday June 7th, 2008 at the MOCCA Art Festival. The author, Blake Bell, will be on hand both days at MOCCA to sign copies of the book and will debut his slide show presentation on Ditko’s work as part of the festival’s programming. As well, a bookstore signing event at Jim Hanley’s Universe will take place during the festival weekend.

In addition to updates, teasers, and media news on Bell’s Steve Ditko web site at, readers will be able to keep abreast of updates on the book’s Facebook and MySpace pages as well as multiple radio and print appearances. For example, Wizard magazine will be running a 6-page feature, excerpting from the Amazing Spider-Man chapter, in its July issue – out in early June). Also, beginning tomorrow, the book’s Introduction will be posted on, with an additional excerpt being made available to Fantagraphics’ 20/20 Club members.

Available in comic-book stores nation-wide in mid-June, and in mainstream book stores in early July, the book will explode many of the myths of Ditko’s career, as well as present reams of rare and unpublished Ditko artwork. All at once, the book functions as a biography of the artist, and an examination of his work (spotlighting over 300 images) with commentary on what makes Ditko one of history’s greatest sequential storytellers from Bell and some of comics most skilled and articulate comic creators.

2008 will mark the year when Steve Ditko fans the world over will have the opportunity to elebrate the artist’s 50-plus year career with this definitive volume from Blake Bell and
Fantagraphics Books. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication.

Strange & Stranger: The World of Steve Ditko
By Blake Bell
$39.99 Hardcover
220 pages, full-color, 9” x 12”
Diamond order code: MAR08 3707
ISBN 978-1-56097-921-0

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April 18, 2008

Question news round-up: Final Crisis, Q? in the NYT, and more!

Lots of Final Crisis news this week, and probably much more to be announced during NY Comic Con this weekend. Here are some of the big stories from this week:

Grant Morrison to utilize Montoya in Final Crisis.

From the latest solicitations for Final Crisis #3 —

What bizarre warning from beyond awaits Frankenstein, The Question and the agents of S.H.A.D.E. in the shadows of the Dark Side Club? What grim fate lies in store for The Human Flame? What happens when the Anti-Life Equation hits the internet? Can the Fastest Men Alive outrun The Black Racer — Death himself? And who are the Justifiers?

Greg Rucka and Philip Tan to work on book featuring Montoya teaming with old partner Cris “The Spectre” Allen — Final Crisis: Revelations.

Rucka discusses at Newsarama, then Philip Tan comes in for the second punch.

The Question seen in the pages of the New York Times.

For more, see this forum posting by eagle-eyed Amedeo.

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April 8, 2008

O’Neil/Cowan Question run makes CSBG’s top 100!

“Comics Should Be Good” has posted the bottom 10 of the top 100 best comic runs over at CBR. The O’Neil/Cowan Question placed 96th with 99 points (1 1st place vote), just behind Lone Wolf and Cub which received 100 points.

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February 17, 2008

Vic Sage gets TWO Mattel action figures in ’08

Information leaked out last week in the forums of Julius Marx’s site Action Figure Insider that The Question will finally be receiving the JLU animated action figure treatment this coming fall when the line goes Target exclusive. It was confirmed by representative forum member, Mattel’s own ToyGuru, Vic Sage will be one of 13 new figures later this year and will have his trademark trench coat.

Now the surprise word coming out of the NYC toyfair this week from the Mattel show room is that a new line called Infinate Heroes consisting of comic-styled DC superheroes (and civilians like GCPD officers, and Jim Gordon) are going to be made in the 3.75 inch scale and that the Vic Sage Question will be one of them. Wizard Universe has the story and Pictures first, which show members of the JSA, Batwoman, Wonder Girl, Thanagarian warriors and armored Lexcorp goons.

Mattel's Infinate Heroes Question

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