What is the reputation of the Sage Corps

Charles Victor Szasz (New Earth)



As Vic Sage, a television investigative journalist, came across stories that he could not investigate by normal, legal means, he put on a special mask (in the belt buckle) that made it appear as if he had no face. As The Question, Sage investigated corruption in the face of all the dangers and left a blank "business card" that gave off a smoky question mark when touched.

Childhood and early career

Victor Sage was born Charles Victor Szasz and grew up as an orphan who had a reputation as a troublemaker. Szasz took pride in defiantly enduring the abuse of the Catholic orphanage in which he was housed. Although he did manage to go to college, higher education did not mitigate his violent tendencies. At one point during college, he brutally beat a drug dealer for giving him LSD, which caused Sage to question his own senses under his influence.

After graduating from university (where he fell in love with fellow student Lois Lane, without being asked), Sage made a name for himself as an extremely pushy and aggressive reporter known in Hub City for being obnoxious. He then switched to television journalism, which eventually led him to join Dr. Investigate Arby Twain. This particular story would change Sage forever.

Birth of The Question

Sage was approached by his former professor, a scientist named Aristotle ("Dead") Rodor, who told Sage of an artificial skin called pseudoderm that Rodor and Dr. in Gingold, the chemical responsible for the powers of the elongated man.

Pseudoderm was supposed to act as an applied skin-like bandage with the help of a binding gas, but had an unforeseen toxicity that was fatal on open wounds. Although Rodor and Twain agreed to abandon the project, they parted ways with Professor Rodor.

Sage decided to stop him but had no way to stop Dr. Chasing after Twain without exposing yourself. Rodor suggested that Sage should use a mask made from pseudoderm to cover up its famous properties. Disguised in the pseudoderm mask and armed with information, Sage finally found Dr. Twain, stopped the transaction, and made a confession. Then, in an ironic twist, he left Twain in Pseudoderm. On television, Vic Sage covered the illegal activities of Dr. Twain.

With his initial success, Sage felt that this new identity could be of use in future research. He continued to work with Professor Rodor, who supplied the pseudoderm and eventually modified the binding gas, which also allowed him to change the color of Sage's hair and clothing. Vic befriended "Tot", who became a mentor to him in both identities.

Shortly after his Hub City debut, Vic Sage moved to Chicago, Illinois to work as a crusade journalist for WWB-TV. He would continue to function there as The Question and form an ally of the other Chicago-based hero, the Blue Beetle (Ted Kord). In the course of his investigations, he also traveled to other cities, teamed up with Batman and briefly participated in the crisis.

His early crime-fighting career was somewhat successful, but his black and white moral stance and lack of commitment would soon lead to a turning point for Sage and his alter ego.

Near death experience and education

After his time in Chicago, Vic Sage returned to Hub City and KBEL television, where he worked alongside news anchor and the occasional love interest Myra Connelly. During a mission as The Question, he was badly beaten in personal combat by mercenary and martial artist Lady Shiva, then almost fatally beaten by her employer's thugs and shot in the head with a pellet pistol. Although he was thrown into a river to drown, Shiva rescued him for her own reasons and instructed him to meet Richard Dragon as soon as he recovered to get out of bed.

After a vision of Batman (during which the Caped Crusader called Sage an "incompetent dilettante") while he was in his sickbed, Sage sought out the martial artist who kept all his skills in a wheelchair. Sage studied martial arts and Eastern philosophy with Dragon for a year. The training changed and deepened The Question's moral perspective, and the detective became more understanding of the moral ambiguity of his chosen work.

Vic Sage returned to Hub City and continued his career as The Question with a new, broader view of the world and a belief that crime had to be combated on more than one level.

The New Question

Although The Question originally established itself as a crime fighter by stopping street crime, it has been at the highest level in his career following the dragon attack on Hub City's systematic corruption. Hub City has been referred to as "synonymous with depravity, corruption and violence" and was perhaps even the towering city of Gotham City as the worst city in the United States.

The Question's work in defending the city extended beyond street crime into politics and social justice. His former girlfriend Myra, who in his absence had married the corrupt, alcoholic mayor of Hub City, Wesley Fermin. He also met Batman again and had the first encounter with Green Arrow.

After working in Hub City for months when her husband developed mental illness, Myra Fermin stated her intention to run for mayor herself and received the full support of Sage / The Question. Though Myra's marriage to the Mayor was loveless, she resisted the temptation to reunite with Sage, but eventually abandoned her temptation and had the same husband with both Sage and The Question, which she did not know. When Myra lost the election with one vote (in part because Sage was too busy with one vote on election day), she was voted into the position anyway because her challenger had died in "the worst tornado in history." During her victory speech, she shot However, husband Wesley Fermin put her in the stomach for supporting what he called “communist beliefs.” Wesley was later killed during a police stop, but Myra went into a coma and Hub City continued to fall into chaos. For some time it became The Question the city's only guarantor of justice, though Myra eventually woke up from her coma and assumed her role as mayor.

The gang war in the weeks following the election led Sage to reunite with Lady Shiva, who first resumed her controversial relationship with The Question and then allied with him. Through Shiva, The Question was able to meet the gang leaders who were wreaking havoc in the city.

Although he had the support of Myra and his mentor, Tot Rodor, Sage / The Question, he was often concerned about his role as a protector of the city and as a crime fighter. Balancing his initial blatant stance with the clarification he received from Richard Dragon continued to be a source of conflict for The Question, as it endeavored to determine how far to go in its search for justice. With the help of his allies, The Question realized that a perverted part of him wanted to know what it was like to cost someone else's life and managed to kill his temptation (if only temporarily).

Leave Hub City

Although The Question did its best to contain the chaos around Hub City, it got darker and darker over time. A hallucinogenic journey caused his subconscious in the form of his mother to say that he could never have a happy life if he didn't leave Hub City. Richard Dragon repeated this point of view during a visit to Vic Sage when he sensed that Sage was facing a major turning point in his life. Lady Shiva arrived by helicopter soon after to keep The Question, Rodor and Myra Fermin out of town, even though she herself had chosen to embrace the chaos of the hub and stay there. Sage almost convinced Myra (who recently learned that Vic Sage and The Question were the same man) to leave town with him, but her sense of duty convinced her to stay. Before Sage left, Myra gave him her only daughter, Jackie, and wandered back into town alone to fulfill her duties as mayor and do her best to stand for what she believed in.

Sage took Jackie to South America in the hope of breaking free of his "no face" alter ego and finding a country free from the disorder and corruption that filled Hub City. This feeling of serenity did not last long, however. Sage was quickly drawn into a drug war that ultimately forced him to kill a man to save Jackie's life. The Question's philosophy changed again from that point on realizing that he was not to blame for the killing and would do it again if necessary. He would kill again.

Unfortunately, Jackie dies anyway, on the way to see her mother in Hub City.

Career after Hub City

After leaving Hub City, Victor Sage held a number of journalistic positions in various cities while reviving his Question persona as needed. Previous experience with such heroes as Green Arrow and Batman had established the Question in the superhero community, and he would take part in major events like the Alien Invasion and the Brainiac attack on Metropolis. After leaving Hub City, The Question helped protect an Indian reservation alongside Green Arrow and John Butcher. He was traveling across the United States and meeting Steel and Azrael. He even joined a team for a very short time when he moved to L.A.W. (Living Assault Weapons) along with his old comrade Blue Beetle and Nightshade, Sarge Steel, Captain Atom and Judomaster during a Justice League of America disappearance to prevent Judomaster's former pal Tiger from conquering the world. On this mission, the Question would first learn about the mysterious land of Nanda Parbat. He also returned to Hub City several times and eventually got a bittersweet shock when he learned that Myra had finally moved on.

After the near-destruction of Gotham City after a major earthquake, the Question moved to Gotham and worked with the Huntress, with whom he had a brief affair.

After years of trying hallucinogens, meditation and his mask-activating gas, The Question developed a shamanic awareness in which he could interpret coincidences and "talk to the city". In this state he could also feel chi or life force. He became able to "walk into two worlds" in order to raise awareness of his surroundings and of disturbances in the natural environment of a city. This ability came in handy when Sage moved to Metropolis and teamed up with Superman against Lex Luthor and the Psychopomp.

Infinite Crisis

During the events of the Infinite Crisis, the Secret Society of Super-Villains is coordinating a planetary super villain escape from every major prison. With the otherwise occupied JLA, Oracle, with the help of the telepathy of Martian Manhunter, can organize a group of second vigilantes who defend themselves against escape in any prison. The Question joins these heroes and when they come to Metropolis he will be promoted to the battle for the Metropolis with the other heroes.


Following the events of the Infinite Crisis and the disappearance of Batman, the Question returned to Gotham City to take on the role of its protector.

His first act was to remove the bat sticker from the bat signal and spray a giant question mark in its place. This wasn't a strict act of ego, but it did light up Renee Montoya's apartment building to get her attention. Three days later he went into Montoya's apartment and gave her an address: 520 Kane Street. When Montoya visited the site, he hired her to see an abandoned building that was there for "two hundred dollars a day plus expense" and hinted that it would be used by a third party. This mysterious behavior would result in a partnership that would last almost a year.

Two weeks and one night later, the two faced an alien creature that entered the building. The course of their investigation then led them to Kahndaq, where they investigated Intergang stores and prevented a suicide bombing during the wedding of Black Adam and Isis.

Upon his return to Gotham City, the Question learned that he was suffering from lung cancer. Although Montoya immediately hospitalized Sage and later took it to the Himalayan city of Nanda Parbat herself, hoping to use its mystical properties to save him, she was too late. After suffering great discomfort and misery, Victor Sage, The Question, died.

Blackest Night

While crossing the Blackest Night Vic Sage is revived as the Black Lantern. He follows Renee, Tot and Lady Shiva, who manage to escape him by suppressing their emotions and making them invisible to him.

The legacy of the Question lives on, however: Renee Montoya was seen in Gotham City wearing the Question mask and robe, and on an alternate version of Earth, a version of Vic Sage lives on.

Close combat

Powers and abilities


  • acrobatics: While not entirely comparable to the likes of Nightwing, he has shown that he is a competent acrobat, and he used that skill to survive a fatal fall by bouncing off the sides of buildings and doing somersaults, to create more air resistance. Like many other vigilantes who are not supplied with electricity, he can jump from the roof onto the roof.
  • Disguise: The Question has and can accept many aliases and, as he describes it, has "many different faces", such as the one he used to spy on Renee Montoya.
  • Genius level intellect: The Question has an ingenious intelligence and an extremely unpredictable mindset. He can make a weapon out of ordinary objects and often uses his wits to win fights.
  • Melee Combat (Advanced): Easily able to incapacitate large groups of criminals and has shot down trained police officers and soldiers with minimal effort. Vic has shown enough skill to take down two vicious attack dogs and their well-trained owner on the fly, one after the other.
  • Invincible will: His training and lifestyle required a great deal of determination, and he was rarely known to give up or surrender, especially during physical confrontations.
  • interrogation: His opponents often fear him because of the (arguably truthful) rumors about his madness and ruthless tactics.
  • intimidation: He has often scared criminals into giving him information he wants and sometimes resorts to methods that many heroes shy away from, such as threatening a murderer with a chainsaw.
  • detection: Said to be the second greatest detective after Batman. One of the many has a superior curious mind and has years of experience as an investigative reporter as well as his life as The Question.
  • journalism: Before Victor became the Question, he was a television journalist. He had his own show and appeared on local news looking for conspiracy theories, local crime rings, and other violent or mysterious news. His journalistic techniques drove him to become the question.
  • Dragon Style Kung Fu: He was trained in kung fu by Richard Dragon and had exceptional martial arts skills.
  • philosophy: Vic Sage, a self-proclaimed philosopher, has survived and understood for years in the modern to postmodern world of big city life. He understands the functions of the people in the city and even the city itself on a deeper level.
  • Shamanism: During a particularly difficult time in Hub City, the Question tried to learn shamanistic techniques that apply to its city. He used these skills and techniques to "feel" the city and understand it better.


  • Lung cancer: Because of his smoking habit, Vic Sage developed terminal lung cancer from which he eventually died.




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