Fans of Watchmen, brace yourselves. Rorschach, a DC comic book miniseries, will be launching later this year as reported by The Hollywood Reporter! Named after the titular character from the 1986 Watchmen series by Alan Moore and Dave GibbonsRorschach will be a sequel of sorts. 

Now, Rorschach will be written by Tom King, along with artist Jorge Fornés and colorist Dave Stewart. It’ll consist of 12 issues and will take place in the same universe as Watchmen. Here’s the synopsis as per The Hollywood Reporter: 

“Set 35 years after the conclusion of the universally acclaimed Alan Moore/Dave Gibbons Watchmen series, Rorschach follows an investigation into an assassination attempt against the first candidate to stand against President Robert Redford in decades — one of whom was dressed as Rorschach, despite his having died in 1985 at the end of the original series.”

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King gave a statement accompanying the Rorschach announcement:

Like the HBO Watchmen show and very much like the original ‘86 Watchmen, this is a very political work. It’s an angry work. We’re so angry all the time now. We have to do something with that anger. It’s called Rorschach not because of the character Rorschach, but because what you see in these characters tells you more about yourself than about them.

The Rorschach character was considered by many to be the protagonist of Watchmen when the series was released. In addition, he served as the series’ narrator who drove the plot forward. Rorschach was a vigilante who possessed super agility and strength along with cunning and a knack for detective work. He believed in moral absolutism — everything was either black or white with no grey in between. He donned a mask that boasted the black ink blots from the Rorschach test he was named after. His character symbolized our own morality — he was the mirror in which we could see our reflection. 

Panel of Rorschach from Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.

I’m intrigued by the plot. If Rorschach has been long deceased for over 35 years, then who’s parading about as the masked vigilante? Not to mention — President Robert Redford? I’m not too familiar with Watchmen unfortunately, so knowing that Redford is president in that universe makes me giddy. In addition, I’m a fan of highly thematic comics, especially those that have an overtly political tone. Anything fantastical that has themes bridging the gap between that world and ours is something in which I’m deeply interested. Time to catch up before Rorschach drops!

What are your thoughts on the Rorschach comic book miniseries? Sound off in the comments below!

Rorschach will be released digitally and in stores on Tuesday, October 13th, 2020.

 

 

 

 

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