I'll guess Azzarello thinks he's going to be clever and tie RFK's assassination to the Comedian as well. Yawn.
Yes. But as usual, the story has to have about a dozen "twists" along the way.
Blake gets kicked out of Vietnam for allegedly inspiring the troops... the North Vietnamese troops... with his antics of slaughtering a village in #5. That's an interesting reversal on the plot of the recent Captain America movie, I suppose, but is Azzarello saying Blake only did it this one time? I always assumed that the event depicted in Watchmen #4, panels 5 and 6 was something Blake had done with some regularity.
This also contradicts the GIGANTIC plot point that Blake was still in Vietnam when Doctor Manhattan arrived there and ended the war (leading me to ask *AGAIN*... how many editors were involved in this shit?
). It's just as well, though, since once he gets back to superhero-ing in the States (a clunky and pointless cameo by Rorschach and Nite Owl Dan) he's not wearing a mask and has no scar on his face. (nor even wearing smiley-face makeup as depicted in a previous issue)
G. Gordon Liddy informs Blake there's a CIA plot to assassinate Bobby Kennedy. RFK reverses the latenight break-in routine to tell Blake that he knows about the village incident and that he's going to tell the press. Blake says, no, I'll confess to it and do some jail time. Blake does not tell RFK about the assassination plot. Blake lets brainwashed CIA operative
Sirhan Sirhan attempt his mission, but the kid is an amateur with a weak "pea shooter" so Blake kills RFK himself (then presumably never confesses to his village-burning). Oddly, Blake has no blood on his suit as he leaves the Ambassador Hotel — with RFK in a headlock like that and the angle at which he was holding the gun, Blake should not only have blood all over himself, he would have also shot himself in the right bicep.
The story ends with Blake showing remorse by beating his head against the steering wheel of his car, making his own blood drip down on his smiley face button (so original). The underlying error being reinforced here is that Blake did not assassinate his close personal friend
JFK, puncuated by a closeup of the lower half of his face, sans scar. Epic fucking fail.
Another interesting point is Liddy's making the point that Nixon wanted to end the war by "winning" it. It's obvious this story was written before the recent revelation that candidate Nixon actually intervened to *continue* the war for political gain. OOPS.
More bland art, toggling between photo reference and careless faking. Jones does the Gibbons 9-panel on only two pages, for seemingly no reason, and then drops out of it in the middle of a scene to revisit the famous pose from Gibbons' Watchmen teaser ad with the Comedian sniping out a window, except this time it's Blake in just his tighty-whiteys. There are several other panels of Blake in his bulging undies. Remember the Jann Jones extramarital manhunter controversy from a few years back? Did Jones' wife cheat on him because he's gay? Bizarre shot selections, at any rate.
Several pages done in grayscale, I guess to indicate black-and-white television footage, but there are numerous panels in that range which couldn't possibly have been shot by a TV camera.
Alt cover by style-less generic nobody, Rafael Albuquerque.