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Review: Rorschach #2

Rorschach #2

The debut of Rorschach was an interesting one. As a political thriller and crime comic, it works quite well. As a follow-up to Watchmen, the comic is a bit mixed. Its connection feels like it could easily be swapped out for other random characters. It’s currently tenuous at best. Rorschach #2 dives further into the mystery of the attempted assassination. The investigation, and issue, focuses on Wil Myerson, a reclusive artist known for his pirate comics.

As far as a “crime” comic focused on the investigation, it’s a fine entry. Writer Tom King has shown in the first two issues he has a deft handling of the genre. It’s one it’d be interesting to see him do more of. The comic as a tie-in to Watchmen is a bit looser and in that way, it stumbles a bit. Still, like many of King’s works, this is a series that’ll be best measured on its whole than individual parts.

And part of that stumbling is what feels like an attempt to shoe-horn in some concepts. The fact that Myerson is a creator on pirate comics, tiptoeing around the pirate story within a story of the original, doesn’t come off so much as a wink and no as it does a replay of part of what made the original work so well. Here too sees a story within a story. It’s full of morality and deeper messaging begging to be examined and dissected. While the execution is impressive the inclusion feels a little pretentious and a rehash of what was done before.

Jorge Fornés‘ art is commendable though. Along with color by Dave Stewart and lettering by Clayton Cowles, the comic within a comic in Rorschach #2 is impressive. That alone makes the comic worth checking out. From the design of those pages to the details of the dialogue, the section of the comic pops and stands out as the best thing from the first two issues. There’s still an issue where the design of the characters and world doesn’t fit the time period. While it matches the first issue, it’s in contrast with the television shows’ more modern style, even though they both are in the same world. Rorschach #2 continues to look like the 1970s in style and design.

As far as a sequel to Watchmen, Rorschach #2 falls a little short and feels like it’s connection is currently shoehorned in. But, as a crime comic, Rorschach #2 is a solid entry taking us through a detective attempting to figure out a puzzle and piecing together what’s presented before him. Like the first issue, I’m enjoying more for that aspect than anything having to do with the world it takes place in. In that way, Rorschach has its own duality in the story, whether that’s intended or not.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés
Color: Dave Stewart Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Story: 7.95 Art: 9.0 Overall: 7.99 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Rorschach #2

Rorschach #2

Story: Tom King
Art: Jorge Fornes

What’s the connection between an aging comic book artist and Rorschach? That’s the question the detective investigating the attempted assassination of a presidential candidate must answer. Wil Myerson, a reclusive artist known for his pirate comics, went from drawing the adventures of Pontius Pirate and the Citizen to working with a mysterious young woman hellbent on making sense of a post-Watchmen world. Somewhere in the life of Wil Myerson lies the key to learning more about Rorschach. Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King teams with rising star artist Jorge Fornés to delve into backroom maneuvering and political corruption in a story that asks how far a man with ideals will go to make them a reality.

Rorschach #2

John Ridley Makes His Marvel Debut in January teaming with Jorge Fornés for Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #3

Filmmaker and novelist John Ridley will be bringing his renowned writing talents to Marvel Comics, starting with Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #3 in January. Best known as the Academy Award-winning screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave as well as the creator and showrunner of the Emmy winning anthology series American Crime, Ridley is a celebrated talent whose impressive body of work has garnered numerous accolades.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood is a new upcoming series, where top creators explore Wolverine’s iconic legacy in tales set throughout the character’s storied history. Ridley and superstar artist Jorge Fornés will take Wolverine back to Japan, where he’ll confront his past while crossing blades with the Silver Samurai. Marvel Comics is thrilled to welcome John Ridley to the Marvel Universe and excited to announce upcoming projects of his in the near future.

In the announcement, Ridley said this project was his way to “kick off” his writing relationship with Marvel. He further is quoted as saying he looks “forward to writing more stories set in the Marvel Universe, and with their roster of iconic characters.,” indicating we’ll see more of his talent on Marvel properties in the future.

Ridley has been rumored to have been working on a Marvel project for television for some time. It was first reported in 2015. It’s unknown if that will ever happen but it was supposed to “reinvent” an existing character or property. Who or what exactly is unknown. The project was to air on ABC but this was pre-Disney+, so, as they do, plans can and might have changed.

Be sure to check out John Ridley’s Marvel Comics debut when Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #3 hits stands in January.

Wolverine: Black, White, & Blood #3

Review: Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1 is a fascinating start to the already controversial series. Set in the world of Watchmen, what you think of that might already be swayed one way or another. But, as we’ve seen from the television series, we can get quality continuations and other stories told in that world. It looks like Rorschach #1 might be another example of a quality story being told. It’s just set in that controversial modern classic comic world.

Written by Tom King, Rorschach #1 is a political thriller. The comic, so far, hasn’t felt like it needed to be set in the world of Watchmen. But, it’s been just one issue. The story revolves around the attempted assassination of a Presidential candidate. From there an investigation begins as to what happens which opens so many questions and a lot of mystery.

Rorschach #1 might be set in the world of Watchmen but its heart is squarely set in the political thrillers and noir films of the 1960s and 1970s. From the tone to the look, this is a crime comic that just so happens to feature someone dressed as Rorschach.

Someone wearing a Rorschach mask has attempted to assassinate the candidate running against President Robert Redford. Taking place 35 years after the events of Watchmen, we’re left with questions. Who? Why? And, what the hell!? There’s a lot set up in this issue and for those who love a good crime story, it’s a solid read. Really solid read.

Now, here’s where I have some issues, the art. The comic takes its queues from thrillers from the 60s and 70s and looks like the 70s early 80s… but it’s 2020!? There’s a slight disconnect for me with the visuals where the most shocking thing was finding out it was 2020 at the end. There’s a reference to “Oklahoma” which clued me in the television show is cannon, but the clothes, a beeper, the comic looks very early Dirty Harry.

Despite that, the art by Jorge Fornés is fantastic. Fornés doesn’t attempt to put his own spin on the “Watchmen style” like Doomsday Clock did. Instead, this comic is its own thing with a clear voice in its pacing and style. Dave Stewart‘s colors add to the visuals of the comics delivering a coloring that just fits perfectly for its noir/crime story roots. While the outfits and haircuts might betray when the comic takes place the visuals are still fantastic and the combo of them with King’s dialogue and pacing is damn near perfect.

As a fan of this type of story, Rorschach #1 is a home run for me. I found myself going back to count shots and matching up blood spurts. I looked for clues as I went along. It sucked me in attempting to unravel the mystery as the comic progressed. I’m a crime/noir comic fan and this is up there. For those who might be turned off because it involves Rorschach and/or Watchmen, you’re missing out on a hell of a debut and a comic I’m dying to read the second issue of.

Story: Tom King Art: Jorge Fornés Color: Dave Stewart
Story: 9.5 Art: 9.5 Overall: 9.5 Recommendation: Buy

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Preview: Rorschach #1

Rorschach #1

Written by: Tom King
Art by: Jorge Fornes

It’s been 35 years since Ozymandias dropped a giant interdimensional squid on New York City, killing thousands and destroying the public’s trust in heroes once and for all. And since that time, one figure in a fedora, mask, and trenchcoat has become a divisive cultural icon. So what does it mean when Rorschach reappears as an assassin trying to kill a candidate running against President Robert Redford? Who is the man behind the mask, and why is he acting this way? It’s up to one detective to uncover the true identity of this would-be killer—and it will take him into a web of conspiracies involving alien invasions, disgraced do-gooders, mystic visions, and yes, comic books. Writer Tom King joins forces with artist Jorge Fornés for a new miniseries that explores the mythic qualities of one of the most compelling characters from the bestselling graphic novel of all time, Watchmen.

Rorschach #1

Preview: Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Ruairí Coleman
covers: Rahzzah (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Ruairí Coleman (C)
Ruairí Coleman (RI-Virgin), Jorge Fornés (RI-B/W), Ruairí Coleman (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | Superhero Adventure | $3.99 | Teen+

Bob Benton’s had an adventurous life, but it isn’t without its tragedies. Now he must face a mistake he made years ago, and it will determine the fate of Black Terror!

Black Terror (Vol. 2) #5

Preview: Daredevil #18

Daredevil #18

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Jorge Fornes (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 19, 2020
SRP: $3.99

TARGET: DAREDEVIL!

• The war in Hell’s Kitchen builds as Owl takes his stab at Wilson Fisk, formerly the Kingpin of Crime – now Mayor of New York!
• Matt must come to terms with what Daredevil truly means.
• And he better do it soon, as a new and deadly foe makes a decisive return…

Daredevil #18

Exclusive Preview: Daredevil #17

Daredevil #17

(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Jorge Fornes (CA) Julian Totino Tedesco
Rated T+
In Shops: Feb 05, 2020
SRP: $3.99

TARGET: DAREDEVIL!

• The war in Hell’s Kitchen builds as Owl takes his stab at Wilson Fisk, formerly the Kingpin of Crime – now Mayor of New York!
• Matt must come to terms with what Daredevil truly means.
• And he better do it soon, as a new and deadly foe makes a decisive return…

Daredevil #17

Preview: Black Terror #4

Black Terror #4

writer: Max Bemis
artist: Ruairí Coleman
covers: Rahzzah (A), Jorge Fornés (B), Brian Level (C)
Brian Level (RI-Virgin), Jorge Fornés (RI-B/W), Brian Level (RI-B/W)
FC | 32 pages | $3.99 | Superhero Adventure | Teen+

Get into the groove…the bad groove! Terror meets his grooviest villain yet in this back flashin’, fist smashin’, non-stop action trip through the life of a criminal and back again, with justice being served left and right! Get in the groove… the BAD GROOVE!

Black Terror #4
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