Saturday, June 29, 2013

365 Comics...180: Before Watchmen: Rorschach #1 (2012)

I have little more to say about Before Watchmen as a concept that I haven't said already.  So I guess all there is to write about is the work itself.

Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo's Rorschach is a great looking book about a street-level vigilante who isn't necessarily that smart, or strong, or that great a fighter, but he's tough and tenacious and angry.  This is a story that could be any character (Wild Dog, Vigilante, Moon Knight, Punisher, X etc), it doesn't have to be Rorschach.  It doesn't hurt that it is, but it also doesn't add much.  He feels adequately familiar but but it's such a quick, frivolous read that beyond Bermejo's stunningly grimy visuals it's hard to connect with or feel the purpose of the series.  It doesn't feel like a story anyone was really itching to tell, it feels like a story that was created for the opportunity that presented itself.  Unlike Dr. Manhattan, the set up for this arc doesn't instill any desire to continue reading.  The epitome of inessential.

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