Watchmen’s Rorschach returns in brand new DC Comics series

Photo: Watchmen.. Photo: Mark Hill/HBO
Photo: Watchmen.. Photo: Mark Hill/HBO /

Over 30 years after the ending of the seminal series Watchmen, Rorschach is returning in a new series from DC Comics.

Less than a year after the ending of Watchmen on HBO, DC Comics has announced that a new 12-issue maxiseries simply titled Rorschach will be released on October 13.

The series comes from writer Tom King and artist Jorge Fornés, who most recently have collaborated with each other in Batman Annual No. 4 in 2019. Rorschach will be released through DC’s Black Label which is currently also publishing King’s most recent series, Strange Adventures, which is drawn by Mitch Gerads and Evan Shaner.

Other than Strange Adventures, King’s work includes the aforementioned Batman, Mister Miracle, Vision, and Sheriff of Babylon while Fornés has also worked on Daredevil and Amazing X-Men.

What Watchmen’s new Rorschach series will entail

Set 35 years after the ending of Watchmen, the series will focus on the legacy of Rorschach after Ozymandias’ plan is brought to fruition. Following the reappearance of Rorschach as one of a pair of assassins attempting to kill a presidential candidate, it’s up to a currently unnamed detective to discover the conspiracy that lies underneath.

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According to King, Rorschach will be “very much like the original ’86 Watchmen… a very political work. It’s an angry work.” This should be surprising to no one as Watchmen is one of the most politically-charged pieces of comics literature ever made, so it only feels natural that any series connected would carry on with that nature. King reveals that it isn’t called Rorschach because of the character, but “because what you see in these characters tells you more about yourself than about them.”

This is not the first return to the Watchmen well that DC Comics has done in the past as previously there were several prequel series released under the banner of “Before Watchmen.” And most recently, the series Doomsday Clock, written by Geoff Johns and art by Gary Frank, brought the Watchmen universe into the DC universe proper.

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