Is Rorschach #3 A Sequel To Watchmen – Or To Kick-Ass? (Spoilers)

Today sees the publication of Rorschach #3, the unauthorised sequel to Watchmen by Tom King and Jorge Fornes. But this week's issue looks at the story of Laura, the woman who accompanied the new, older, based-on-Steve-Ditko Rorschach in his failed presidential-candidate assassination attempt.

Is Rorschach A Sequel To Watchmen - Or To Kick-Ass?
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And we learn of her childhood, being brought up by her father teaching her to be a young killer in a world full of militia and conspiracy theory about the squids. This world does not play off the Watchmen TV series, there are no more falling squids after the one that "landed" on New York, killing three million. If you want squid, you have to buy your own, even for target practice.

Is Rorschach A Sequel To Watchmen - Or To Kick-Ass?
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And a revelation of what her father means to her, and more of his conspiracy theories based on the events of the Watchmen comic books. The psychic squid caused much damage in the original comic books, but you get the feeling that this has nothing to do with her mother. And everything to do with how her father was anyway.

Is Rorschach A Sequel To Watchmen - Or To Kick-Ass?
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And what does Laura have left to play with?

Is Rorschach A Sequel To Watchmen - Or To Kick-Ass?
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See, that's a familiar sight. But not from Watchmen.

Is Rorschach A Sequel To Watchmen - Or To Kick-Ass?
Screencap of Kick-Ass movie.

That's Big Daddy and Hit-Girl from Kick-Ass. The wall of guns from the movie. And a very similar father/daughter set-up? Rorschach #3 is published by DC Comics today.

written by TOM KING
art and cover by JORGE FORNES
variant cover by JOCK
ON SALE 12/15/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 3 OF 12 | FC
In an instant, 15 million people are dead! What happens when the human psyche is forced to accept such a devastating truth? Follow the story of "the Kid," a radicalized, gun-toting performer and the right-hand woman of the new Rorschach. See how this masked woman grows from an innocent child to the would-be cold-blooded assassin of a presidential candidate. This detective thriller will unravel the mysteries behind the assassination attempt and reveal how the struggles of these killers connect to larger turmoils of the world.
Eisner Award-winning writer Tom King delves into the desperation that leads to radicalization and the questions that can lead a person into violence. Featuring art by new sensation Jorge Fornes with acclaimed colorist Dave Stewart.

DC Comics are published today. I bought mine from Piranha Comics in Kingston-Upon-Thames. Piranha Comics is a small south London comic store chain with a small south-east store in Kingston-Upon Thames's market centre, which runs Magic The Gathering nights on Fridays, and a larger south-west store in Bromley, which also runs Magic nights and has an extensive back issue collection and online store. If you are in the neighbourhood, check them out.

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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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