DC Announced that the Watchmen Member Rorschach will be getting his own comic series coming this October, it will be written by Tom King who is just coming off his acclaimed run on Batman. The question on our minds was where this story would take place within the DC Universe. Considering the recent success of the pivotal Doomsday Clock that ran between 2018 and 2019 and was written by Geoff Johns. We would have thought that this might be a continuation of Rorschach in that story and his place within the DC Universe.
However, Tom King revealed that this story would take place 35 years after the events of the original Watchmen series that was created by Alan Moore. This story will see Dr. Manhattan unmaking Rorschach after he evaporated him and his journal was sent to the press. King said “Like the HBO Watchmen show and very much like the original ’86 Watchmen, this is a very political work”, He continues “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 story of the comic was also described as Rorschach assassinating opposing candidates against President Robert Redford, and introduce a detective to investigate the case as he walks “backward in time, uncovering the identities and motives of the would-be killers, taking him deep into a dark conspiracy of alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystical visions, and yes, comic books.”
Rorschach #1, by Tom King, Jorge Fornés, Dave Stewart, and Clayton Cowles,will go on sale October 13, 2020 and will be another print from DC’s Black Label, which features comics that are mature stories for readers 17+.
DC has found much success since the launch of DC’s Black Label, with released like Batman: White Knight, Joker: Killer Smile and The Dark Knight Returns: The Golden Child. There are no plans to slow down this line of comics, and considering the mature content within the Watchmen comic books. Making this move to create more comics based on the Watchmen with the Black Label is as good of a move as any. The only other comic publication with these popular characters have come from the original comic that was released in 1986, Before Watchmen saw individual stories based on the characters that ran between 2012 and 2013, and the already mentioned Doomsday Clock that paired the heroes and villains from both the Watchmen and DC Universe.
What do you think about the continued publication of the Watchmen? Are you excited for this new Rorschach story? What other solo comic series would you like to see from these characters?