I first became acquainted with The Question by watching Justice League Unlimited, and I knew I wanted to experience more of him. I enjoyed the first g...moreI first became acquainted with The Question by watching Justice League Unlimited, and I knew I wanted to experience more of him. I enjoyed the first graphic novel The Question, Vol. 1: Zen and Violence, and this one was good too, but not as good. I think the tone didn't work for me. In a word, sleazy.
Let me explain. This graphic novel feels like the dark side of the 80s. From the over-the-top 80s hair and clothing, to the whole sex, violence, and drugs atmosphere. Yes, this is dark fiction about a shades of gray antihero who adheres to strict Objectivist philosophy. I totally respect that. I just didn't love the vibe. Especially the titular story, Poisoned Ground. It starts with a real WTF. I thought it was about a kid who wasn't right in his head going around killing people. That's so not what this is about. Although I'm relieved I was wrong about the story initially, I didn't like the developments that much. It was just took icky for my tastes. The story where The Question goes to a shady Latino-Caribbean Island to rescue his mentor really didn't work for me. I mean, really. I find alchemy as interesting as the average weird fiction aficionado, but that dictator guy was such a psycho, and he did not get the resolution he deserved. The other two stories were pretty good. Basically masked crimefighter stuff in the dark, dangerous city stuff.
Like I said initially, this isn't bad. It's just not my cup of tea as far as the sleazy vibe. I will give the next volume a try since I still like The Question character.
Readers who like Noir/Crime stories might enjoy this one.(less)
I am rating this because I read Edition #6, although I do not have the entire Vol. 2 graphic novel. I specifically dug this out for my A to Z Book Cha...moreI am rating this because I read Edition #6, although I do not have the entire Vol. 2 graphic novel. I specifically dug this out for my A to Z Book Challenge, and it made me sad I don't have the other editions in this volume.
What I liked about what I read:
*The inking is very descriptive, even to the point of showing the character's emotion. *The story is realistic and well-grounded. As I read Rucka's afterword, he takes this seriously and does his research. I felt that this book has relevance and a scary realness. *Tara's character is complex and conflicted. She believes in her work, but there is the sense that it's destroying her. *Although no action occurs on scene, the sense of risk is apparent.
I hope to track down this collection so I can read the rest of it.(less)