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The cover of Rorschach #1 from DC Comics with Rorschach against a blood red fingerprint Image: DC Comics

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Watchmen’s Rorschach gets his own ‘angry’ series from Batman writer Tom King

The 12-issue series debuts this fall

After the conclusion of Doomsday Clock and HBO’s own Watchmen sequel series, one might think the book would be closed on transforming Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ seminal series into spinoffs.

Not quite: This October, DC will present Rorschach, a new 12-issue maxiseries from Tom King (Mister Miracle, Batman) and Jorge Fornés (Batman). Here’s the tease:

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.

DC notes in the announcement, “Rorschach may have spoken truth, but he wasn’t a hero.” Sorry, Ted Cruz.

“Like the HBO Watchmen show and very much like the original ‘86 Watchmen, this is a very political work.” said King in a statement. “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.”

Moore has distanced himself from the use of the Watchmen characters over the years, keeping his name even off the HBO series, possibly the most celebrated continuation in the last 30 years. And while Rorschach isn’t Batman, King is one of the most celebrated writers working in comics today, and known for carving out — to be blunt — heavy, existential shit out of iconic heroes. Rorschach could be a match made in heaven hell.

Rorschach #1 will be published on October 13, 2020, and carry DC’s Black Label descriptor, identifying the content as appropriate for readers ages 17+. DC says the book will retail for $4.99 with card stock cover artwork by Fornés and a variant cover by Jae Lee.

See the first art from Rorschach below:

An election celebration is interrupted by a bloody murder on a rafter overhead Image: DC Comics
Rorschach’s bloody costume is laid out on an evidence table Image: DC Comics
Rorschach #1 variant cover Image: DC Comics
The cover of Rorschach #1 from DC Comics with Rorschach against a blood red fingerprint Image: DC Comics

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