Sometime between when Wave 8 and 9 of DCUC never really showed up on shelves in my area, and Wave 10 scarcely made its presence known before leaving a sea of Powergirls warming pegs like Cyborgs and Captain Colds before her, I decided that I would be cherry picking DCUC from thereon in, sticking with mostly Batman-related characters and whatever happened to strike my fancy. With the first few previews of Wave 11, one of the characters I knew I must have was The Question. Still sifting through piles of the aforementioned Cyborgs, Captain Colds, and other relics from Wave 7, I jumped on the chance to pick up The Question when I ran into him at a local comic shop.
Bio: Vic Sage was the smartest investigative reporter in Hub city, but he could only get so far playing by the rules. So Vic invented an alter ego to prowl Hub’s back alleys – a faceless enigma known to criminals as “The Question.” His war on crime brought him into conflict with Lady Shiva, the world’s deadliest martial artist. Killed in that battle, he was revived and trained by Kung Fu master Richard Dragon. Since his brush with death, the Question returned to action driven by a new philosophy and a burning need to expose corruption and injustice to the cold light of day.
Design & Sculpt: The Question borrows some parts from Gotham City Thug from the Movie Masters line (torso, pelvis, and legs), otherwise The Question seems to offer some totally original sculpting. The trench coat and suit jacket are actually two separate pieces glued together. The trench coat has to sell the figure and it does with the details such as the seam lines, collar, lapels, and a belt that is tied behind the back. Most importantly, The Question’s featureless face looks great. The Four Horsemen have achieved the look of a person’s face being covered by a mask and not just a faceless head.
Plastic & Paint: While The Question doesn’t have very complex paint applications, he still looks really good. A nice subtle wash on the trench coat gives it a touch of shade. The only detail detracting from the overall look is the yellow plastic used for the shirt, molded in this color it looks a bit toy-ish.
Articulation: The Question has all of the articulation we have come to know and love from a DC Universe Classics figure. Oh, yeah, except with that one small exception of the ball joint head. Out of all the figures in this wave, I think the lack of this articulation hurts The Question the most. However, that said, he does seem to be sort of looking down already, so you can still achieve that lurking in the shadows feel. The other articulation that The Question has lost is his torso joint due to his overcoat, but I really don’t miss it that much.
Accessories: Wave 11’s Collect & Connect figure is Green Lantern Kilowog, The Question comes Wog’s left leg. Could The Question have been made a better value by having included some accessories? Sure, but what figure can’t you say that about? I’d rather the accessories go towards the two Lanterns, Katma-Tui and John Stewart’s ring constructs.
Quality Control: I had no problems with The Question
Overall: I am extremely happy with The Question. One might say he looks a little dull, but in a sea of the same bucks, he is a refreshing, and dapper departure from the norm. Along with John Stewart, The Question was one of the must-haves for me from Wave 11. I paid $19.99 for him at Newbury Comics, and although the price may seem high, I certainly don’t regret it. The Question is a great figure, and certainly one of the stand-outs from Wave 11.