Vic Sage: Because I can't pick just one
One of these days I need to do a multi-part dissertation on our good buddy Vic, but for now you get a series of Perfect Moments.
we'll take these chronologically. From Batman Chronicles #15, the first time Greg Rucka wrote Vic (and only the second time in ten years someone other than Denny O'Neil wrote him). The story, set in the middle of No Man's Land, was essentially a set up for Cry For Blood, which didn't hit for another two years. Gross art, sorry.
Vic is snarky, but also self-aware. His puns then are perhaps deliberately egregious? :D
From Batman/Huntress: Cry For Blood #5
This is a curious exchange here. It would fit for this to just be Bruce treating Vic as a nuisance to be regarded with suspicion and exasperation as he has since they first met, especially since Bruce is in ultra-patriarch mode right now, but another angle occurred to me today. Bruce just brought up "answers" to a guy who calls himself The Question. Did he set him up for that pun? Are they punning each other? My head says no, but my heart says yes!
Perfect explanation of why Rucka's Vic is consistently my favorite!
More question puns! though i gotta say Vic it's more effective if Renee knows you also go by The Question sometimes
But really now, because this post can't be just "Rucka writes jokes, King gets warm fizzies", we'll try someone else's Vic on for a try...
There is a little more to the guy than gratuitous uses of the word "question", after all. Hell, there's even more to his puns! Rick Veitch's 2006 mini-series left a weird taste in my mouth overall (which'll get its due analysis another time), but it did hit at least one important chord.
In the first issue, Vic is on a train, tracking a case from Chicago to Metropolis.
Right there. The perfect moment of Vic-as-detective. When the pieces don't fit (or maybe they do, but they tell him nothing), he reinvents the puzzle. Sort of like how Holmes said "When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth." It's not the answers that matter, it's the questions. Vic-as-detective is all about finding the right approach to a case. Once he's found that all manner of knowledge will open itself to him.
Hope you enjoyed this, and my rambling didn't bore you! One of these days I really need to get into that dissertation.