Hot on the heels of Damon Lindelof's phenomenal Watchmen TV sequel to the original comic books, DC continues to milk Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons' cash cow with a new maxiseries coming this October from controversial Batman scribe Tom King.
Rorschach, a 12-issue series from King and artist Jorge Fornés, is set to debut on October 13.
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.Although the original Watchmen comics stand perfectly well on their own, and some attempts to continue the story or expand on its characters, have been less successful than others, Lindelof's TV show proves that in the right hands there's still tales to be told in this "universe".
Rorschach may have spoken truth, but he wasn’t a hero.
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.
Let's not forget that as great a writer as he is, Moore pretty much made his name playing with other people's toys or "homaging" characters created by someone else, so it seems only fitting that now contemporary writers are getting to take his versions of old Charlton characters for a spin.