Rorschach Gets His Own Maxi-Series Set 35 Years After ‘Watchmen’ From Tom King And Jorge Fornés

by Olly MacNamee

Doomsday Clock is well and truly over and I imagine DC Comics will hope that it will be nothing other than a distant memory in a few teaser time, just like Before Watchmen, which we’ve all collectively agreed to never mention again it would seem. One way to scrub that memory is by announcing an all new 12 issue comic book series set 35 years after Watchmen and featuring the guy Alan Moore never wanted us to love, Rorschach, from Tom King and Jorge Fornés.
Heres’ the version of Rorschach King and Fornés want use to get to know:
“It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias was exposed for dropping a giant telepathic squid on New York City, killing thousands and ending the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. The Minutemen are gone; only their memory lives on. Especially the infamy of Rorschach, who has become a cultural icon since Dr. Manhattan turned him to dust.
So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as part of a pair of assassins trying to kill the first candidate to oppose President Robert Redford in decades? Follow one determined detective 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.”
It’s as though Doomsday Clock never even happened, isn’t it?
King wanted readers to be reminded that, like Watchmen, his series will most definitely be political:
“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.”
As well as this big news, DC Comics also have a set of interiors to show off too. But, the news of and series by King and based on Watchmen’s Rorschach is big enough. Having interiors by Fornés to share too, is the icing on the cake. Theres; the familiar rigid grid-panel layout as well as the central story, much like the original, being a detective story that juts happens to involve masks and capes. And, with King’s panache for getting under the skin of such characters and into their psyches, I can’t think of anyone better suited to take this on.
Rorschach #1, by Tom King, Jorge Fornés, Dave Stewart and Clayton Cowles, will publish on October 13, 2020 by DC Black  Label.
Now, who do I call to get a Comedian comic solicited and written by Mark Russell?

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