Close on a corpse lying in a grimy back alley somewhere in Gotham City. The corpse has no face. All its facial features are gone, leaving smooth skin. Like the mask The Question herself wears, the face has just the shape of a nose, mouth and eyes, but no actual features.
Off-panel, Harvey Bullock and Renee Montoya (as The Question) discuss the gruesome discovery.
BULLOCK: So you can see why I called you back from Hub… thought maybe this was one of yours.
Pull out to reveal the full scene. The Question and Bullock standing over the body. Crime scene tape and CSI officers fill out the alley.
THE QUESTION: You know me better than that, Harvey.
BULLOCK: Hey, you supertypes, you’re always coming up with nutty new powers and $%*@ - whaddo I know?
Close on The Question.
THE QUESTION: What do you know?
BULLOCK: (off-panel) Press has already dubbed him ‘The Identity Thief’. See, he doesn’t just take their faces and fingerprints...
Close on Harvey, scratching his head.
BULLOCK: ...but it’s impossible for us to identify them from their DNA too.
BULLOCK: Official cause of death is suffocation, but there’s obviously way more to it than that.
Renee crouches to examine the body. One faceless figure examining another.
THE QUESTION: What about the Bat?
BULLOCK: I guess he’s all over it – but I still thought maybe you’d be interested – in case this guy’s infringing your copyright or something.
Change of scene. A Gotham City hotel room. Not too plush, but hardly a fleapit. Just the basics – a bed, a TV, a dressing table, a wardrobe - all Renee can afford. The Question enters through a window from the fire escape, reaching down to activate the device on her belt buckle which seals and unseals the mask to her face. A cloud of gas / smoke surrounds her.
CAPTION (RENEE): Not sure I’ve ever seen Harvey Bullock so freaked. He was hiding it… but this case is really getting to him.
The Question sits at the dressing table mirror, surrounded by the smoke from the belt device. She begins to peel away her mask.
CAPTION: To have your whole identity stripped away like that… that’s enough to frighten even someone who takes her face off every single…
As the mask comes away, Renee discovers with horror that underneath… her face is still completely blank. She stares at her faceless reflection as behind her a shadowy figure steps in from the fire escape.