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Sep 6 '11

Is Renee Montoya no longer the Question?

Dan Didio’s been answering people’s questions about the new 52 on Facebook and one is about the role of Renee Montoya in the rebooted Universe. The Green Lantern Corps web site has been collecting all the questions he’s answered to date including the question: Is Reene Montoya still the Question and is Vic Sage still dead?”  A CBR member has said he asked the question to Didio. And the answer was:


"Renee will be seen as a member of the Gotham City Police Force."

Montoya started in the comics as member of the GCPD in comics and DCAU. During the series 52 she took over the role of the Question following the death of Vic Sage. As the Question, she lhad a mini and a back-up series in Detective Comics written by Greg Rucka. To date, DC has been mum on Renee in the new 52. When asked about her at SDCC, Didio deflected the question. But in a July story on DC’s diversity efforts that appeared in the  Advocate, Renee was mentioned as part of DC’s focus on diversity.

I liked Renee as the Question. Her journey into the role was one of the most compelling parts of 52. And I loved her back-up in Detective Comics. I had hopes that she would have been working with the Birds of Prey but those were dashed with the book’s cancellation for the reboot. Her return to a role within the Gotham PD gives me mixed feelings. On one hand it could mean she is seen more often as her appearances in the DCU trailed off after Greg Rucka, the character’s main writer, departed DC. Given the many Gotham based Batbooks there would be many more chances for her to appear.

But Renee was one of the few lesbian superheroes. We still don’t know if she’ll be acting as the Question and attached to the police. That wording on that answer doesn’t really give me much hope.

So where would she show up? The first book that one would assume she would appear in would be Batwoman, given her previous relationship with Kate Kane. But I also wonder if she’ll be popping into Batgirl. As I noted before, this panel from the first issue shows someone who looks like Renee.

Gail Simone, Batgirl’s writer, certainly has been very vocal about her fondness for the character most recently writing her into the final issues she penned of Birds of Prey. But at this point, this is just speculation. Update: Simone says she doesn’t have plans right now to use Renee in Batgirl.

And, of course, a bigger unanswered question is whether Vic Sage will show up again in the new 52. Given the time twisting in Flashpoint #5, it would seem that Vic could, like Ryan Choi, return from the dead. You’ll note the second part of the question for DiDio had no answer. And no Question.

  1. thepurple-crowbar reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass
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  4. enemafrost reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    …I REALLY JUST CAN’T RN.
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  6. neuralhandshake reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    The character in Batgirl #1 is named Mal McKenna. However, I did notice she very strongly resembles Renee and is also a...
  7. ealperin reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    So…. She still keeps Vic’s fedora, right? RIGHT? ^_^ I hope she gets another secret I.D., quick. I loved her as The...
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    More depressing news from the DCnU
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  16. thewolverina reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    think I’m going...cry if/when this happens :( There’s no way
  17. shmuffalo reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    God-fucking-dammit.
  18. wyltarg reblogged this from isaidquirky and added:
    I’m getting the distinct feeling that “because yes” is going to be the explanation to 90% of the stuff they’re pulling...
  19. hildebabble reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    Ugh. Color me unsurprised. On one hand, I was getting kinda tired of the force-fed “question” puns and the conspiracy...
  20. jaclynhyde reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    Welp, this wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest—screw her two series’ worth of origin story, let’s bring the dead...
  21. isaidquirky reblogged this from wyltarg and added:
    After everything that’s happened, I actually wouldn’t put it past them to pull a, “Oh she was the Question and then...
  22. amethystamore reblogged this from buttastic and added:
    Oh that’s right,...Do keep demoting your female characters
  23. buttastic reblogged this from reyesrobbies and added:
    So they’re benching another one of my favorite superheroines, huh?
  24. cacchieressa reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    While I love Renee as a murder police and I haven’t read her time as the Question, I did really like her arc - her story...
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  26. reyesrobbies reblogged this from dcwomenkickingass and added:
    Not sure how I feel about this. On the one hand, Renee was one of the better Gotham Cops out there and worked...
  27. dr-funkasaurus said: I am all for this if only it means that we get “Gotham Central” back. I loved her in it. More to the point, I loved EVERYTHING about that series and its great cast. Her as The Question wasn’t as interesting to me as it should’ve been.
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