Posted by: kcgadiyar | November 24, 2008

Sundays with the Watchmen, Week 6: Watchmen#6 review

Stood in firelight, sweltering. Bloodstain on chest like map of violent new continent. Felt cleansed. Felt dark planet turn under my feet and knew what cats know that makes them scream like babies in night. Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold, suffocating dark goes on forever and we are alone. Live our lives, lacking anything better to do. Devise reason later. Born from oblivion; bear children, hell-bound as ourselves, go into oblivion. There is nothing else. Existence is random. Has no pattern save what we imagine after staring at it for too long. No meaning save what we choose to impose. This rudderless world is not shaped by vague metaphysical forces. It is not God who kills the children. Not fate that butchers them or destiny that feeds them to the dogs. It’s us. Only us. Streets stank of fire. The void breathed hard on my heart, turning it’s illusions to ice, shattering them. Was reborn then, free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world. Was Rorschach. Does that answer your questions, Doctor?” – Rorcschach on his origins, Watchmen#6

The brutal origin of Rorschach is revealed, Watchmen#6 “The Abyss Gazes Also”, next.


This issue basically delves into what it takes to make a man out for Justice (Walter Kovacs) into a man willing to kill anyone who stands in the way of justice (Rorschach). The issue is done from the point of view of the Psychiatrist Dr.Malcolm Long, who is interviewing Rorschach in Prison. He believes that Roschach is just Kovacs’ way of hiding from himself. But, little by little, we find out exactly how Rorschach became the dominant personality. From an abusive mother, to a dysfunctional group of superheroes, to justice denied. Everything comes together to push him over te edge.

The most chilling scene is the one in which the transformation finally takes place, (grisly content follows) a killer murders girls and feeds their bodies to his German shepherds.

Kovacs cant take revenge, but Rorschach can. (grisly content ends)

Rorschach chains the killer and sets him in a Saw-like trap. The issue explains Rorschachs stae of mind and adds layers to his character. The end of the issue shows Dr.Long understanding how Rorschach’s mind actually works.

This is a brilliant issue, i rate it behind the Dr.Manhattan spotlight mainly because this issue tries too hard to be dark and cool where as the Dr.Manhattan issue was a fun look at how he came to be.

 The issue has class art-work again. The issue serves as a breather and the beginning of the second act of the story. With half the series done, the apparent story is fairly clear by now. Overall 5/5 for this issue.

Next Week: Heroes back in action.

Until Next Time,

Previous Installments:

Week 1:

Week 2:

Week 3:

Week 4:

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