Rorschach #4 Tells Captain Carnage Story From Watchmen #1 Final Page

The final page of Watchmen sees Dan Dreiberg and Laurie Juspeczyk meet up again, after learning, courtesy of Rorschach that Eddie Blake, The Comedian has been murdered, setting off the whole Watchmen storyline. But it also involves the pair reminiscing about Rorschach and their own superheroic lives, and shows the kind of contrast between the two that Zack Snyder totally failed to notice when making his movie version. And we get to hear a little about the so-called supervillain, Captain Carnage.

Rorschach #4 Tells The Story From Watchmen #1 Final Page
Watchmen #1 artwork.

In today's Rorschach #4, part of the unauthorised sequel to Watchmen by Tom King and Jorge Fornes, we get to see that scene play out.

Rorschach #4 Tells The Story From Watchmen #1 Final Page
Rorschach #4 artwork.

And we also learn why he is called Captain Carnage as well. Through a wave of planned mass slaughter and terrorism.

Rorschach #4 Tells The Story From Watchmen #1 Final Page
Rorschach #4 artwork.

But it's a plan that Rorschach doesn't even address. That's not what he's here for. There is right, and there is wrong, and there is nothing in between.

Rorschach #4 Tells The Story From Watchmen #1 Final Page
Rorschach #4 artwork.

The objectivist does not negotiate, does not compromise, not even in the face of Armageddon. He would have exposed Ozymandias even if it had meant the deaths of millions and world war as a result. And he killed Captain Carnage, and let the city explode, and hundreds die. But that was okay, Carnage had been punished.

Does rather underline why Rorschach is never the "good guy" in a much more obvious and unsubtle fashion that… some readers, fans and movie directors may have got from reading Watchmen.

 

RORSCHACH #4 (OF 12) CVR A JORGE FORNES (MR)
(W) Tom King (A/CA) Jorge Fornes
At last, it's time for Laura's story. The detective following Rorschach's trail turns his eyes toward the vigilante's female companion. Who is behind that domino mask, and what led her to team up with an old comic book creator to try to assassinate a controversial presidential candidate? These are the threads the detective must unravel—and they lead him to a circus sideshow and the strong man she once convinced to kill for her. Retail: $4.99 Initial Due Date: 11/27/2020 FOC Date: 12/06/2020 In-Store Date: 01/19/2021

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