Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7

Rorschach is the latest unauthorised sequel to Watchmen, by Tom King and Jorge Fornes, published by DC Comics. In the first issue of the series, we heard a cassette tape based on a real-life seance event, with Frank Miller, Otto Binder and Randy Cox – with the addition of a fictional Wil Myerson. In Rorschach, Myerson is based on Steve Ditko, with a little Alan Moore, creator of the Pontius Pirate character and posing as the new Rorschach – until his death, supposedly attempting political assassination of the new President of the United States.

Frank Miller, Otto Binder and Randy Cox in Rorschach #1 (Spoilers)
Rorschach #1 by Tom King and Jorge Fornes.

The tape played in Rorschach appears to be that of a seance, and here's the thing, those tapes exist. In Otto Binder: The Life and Work of a Comic Book and Science Fiction Visionary by Bill Schelly, who died two years ago, it talks of the teenage Frank Miller driving with Randy Cox to visit Otto Binder in 1973, and the words on the tape are those that appear in Rorschach #1 – the only difference is that in Rorschach, they are joined by one Will Myerson, the fictitious comic book creator of Pontius Pirate, in 2020 being turned into a movie in the Watchmen world.

Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7
Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7

The solicitation for Rorschach #7, out from DC Comics in April, tells us "the key here is that tape the detective is trying to decipher, the one with the séance that has been haunting him since the very first issue! All this and a cameo by Dr Manhattan to boot!"

Could Manhattan have been responsible for the interference on that tape? And what about the kid he left with Dan and Laurie? Or will Tom King give us Regina King instead? It's all to play for.

Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7
Dr Manhattan Returns To DC Comics In Rorschach #7

RORSCHACH #7
written by TOM KING
art and cover by JORGE FORNÉS
variant cover by JULIAN TOTINO TEDESCO
ON SALE 4/13/21
$4.99 US | 32 PAGES | FC
CARD STOCK COVERS
DC BLACK LABEL | AGES 17+
Wil Myerson might have been the creator of Pontius Pirate, the most popular comic in history, before he put on the Rorschach mask and tried to kill a would-be president, but he's not the only artist who worked on the character. Other artists fell under Wil's influence, and now all these years later, his more renowned acolyte has fallen sway to Laura, the #1 Myerson superfan. Is it possible she influenced another comic book legend into playing vigilante? The key here is that tape the detective is trying to decipher, the one with the séance that has been haunting him since the very first issue! All this and a cameo by Dr. Manhattan to boot!

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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