A Moment of Awesome: Danny Boy

I don’t have time to get to NaNoEdMo tonight, but I have been reminded that tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day by Sarah playing “Danny Boy,” as sung on The Muppet Show. Which reminded me of one of the more awesome moments from one of the more awesome superheroes out there, the Question. Consider this a preview of one of the items that will show up on my list when I do a “Crowning Moments of Awesome” for the Question.

What a great deal!

What a great deal!

The post-Crisis on Infinite Earths Question was brought to us by Denny O’Neil, who introduced Vic Sage, aka the Question, in a story called “Butterfly.” In it, Vic is investigating a corrupt reverend who is anything but a man of God. Unfortunately, Vic gets his butt kicked around by a woman named Lady Shiva and captured. He then gets beaten to within an inch of his life, shot in the head, and tossed into a freezing river, with the caveat that if he somehow survives and emerges singing “Danny Boy,” he’ll be given anything he wants.

Thanks to the intervention of Lady Shiva, who is following her own mysterious agenda, Vic survives after several minutes at the bottom of the river. So he goes for physical and spiritual training from a master named Richard Dragon. Because, as the 1980s taught us, there’s nothing in this world that can’t be fixed with a training montage:

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight...

It's the eye of the tiger, it's the thrill of the fight...

And then the issue ends with our moment of awesome. The Question returns to the reverend and gives him a lasting image. Never underestimate the power of a man with no face apparently rising from the grave while singing “Danny Boy.” It’s an overload of uncanny.

"Oh Danny Boy..."

"Oh Danny Boy..."

"I want you to pray."

"I want you to pray."

This was the Question’s first story in post-Crisis continuity and his first real adventure in DC’s mainstream universe (since he had been imported from Charlton Comics previously). He just got more awesome from here.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone. Instead of wearing green, I’ll be wearing a fedora and trench coat.


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