Synopsis (from dccomics.com): A Monk of the Dark Faith is moving through the DCU, seeding evil in his wake, as he prepares for a final, potentially devastating act. Trailing him is The Question, who seeks to save the life of the author of a best-selling expose about the Dark Faith. But is The Question simply playing a part in a much larger game? All will be revealed when The Lesson of Deceit is foretold.
Writing: I’m not sure what I expected from this title going in. I didn’t know if it was going to be more in the vein of the Question/Batwoman vs Manheim/Intergang storyline from 52 or if it was going to be more like the O’Neill/Cowan Question series from way back when. It actually seemed almost like a story from an old EC book, or 1970’s House of Mystery. Either way, there was an old school vibe to it. I am really liking Renee Montoya as the Question.
Art: Part of the old school vibe that I get from the book is from the artwork. I used to despise Tom Mandrake’s artwork and now I cannot remember why. It used to be that I would avoid anything he was associated with, then I began to accept his art as a necessary evil if I wanted to read certain titles, and now, I find myself seeking out things that he is the artist on. I cannot remember why I didn’t like it. I cannot remember why I started to like it. I’m sure why I like it now, but I do and I cannot picture anybody else I would rather see on this title.
Letters: Excellent first page. The rest of the book was also very good. Steve Wands isn’t a name that is familiar to me, but I like what I see in this issue.Â [Clarification:Â The first page was lettered by Eric Trautmann.Â The rest of the book was lettered by Steve Wands.Â I apologize for any confusion.]
Colors: David Baron uses a very muted palette and like the rest of the artwork, I find that it works for this story.
Cover: It’s weird, but the version I have is not the version that was on DC’s website. The one on the website made sense, but the one I have was very confusing. It took me a while to figure out that it was a glowing Question holding a book.
Editing: I feel bad that I don’t know enough about comic book editing to know when something is done well, but I can easily point out spelling errors and times when the editor has obviously made a mistake. However, I didn’t find any glaring errors that the editor should have caught.
Overall: I found this to be a pretty good read and I cannot wait for the next issue. If you didn’t pick it up this last week, you should try and find a copy, because although I’m pretty sure that it will be traded one day (After all it has 52 in the title), this is something that I wouldn’t recommend waiting to read.