We’re at about the halfway point of Rorschach and we still don’t have much to go on — we still don’t even know our main character’s name. From a certain point of view, though, that is pretty exciting. Maybe I’ve still got WandaVision stuck in my head, but Rorschach #6 could be compared to to episode four of that show, because it peels back some layers and gives us character insights and shows how some pieces moved into position.
It is very interesting how what starts as fan mail turns into confessional that leads to them wanting to seek each other out. While I want to get into these letters, something about them is setting off my Spidey-sense — I have to call to question the validity of these letters. Our Detective receives notice that he has a package at the hotel. This is how the gets the letters, and after reading a couple we are shown a letter that show the source of these letters might be a “Carey.” So who is Carey, and how do they fit into this mystery? Do they happen to even know the name of our mysterious Detective? Can we trust this Carey?
This issue has amazing art from the ever-talented Jorge Fornes, who really gets to shine as he uses each letter as a page of art in the book. There is a lot of scene changing as a result, as well as changes in how the characters are interacting. This also allows for colorist Dave Stewart to shine by giving us different color tones to give each letter a vibe all its own.
Tom King manages to make the letters important while adding character background to Wil and Laura, atmosphere chatter about the debate between Presidential candidates Redford and Turley, the candidates themselves sharing their “promises” and “actions,” and giving our Detective something to chase after. It will be interesting to see where it leads him, as the issue ends with a lot of doors and wild things waiting on the other side.
All in all, Rorschach #6 is a great issue that asks more questions, sets up some amazing suspense, and shows us more about Wil and Laura. But can we trust what we are being shown? More mystery in this adventure set in the Watchmen World.
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