Rorschach #11 gives me that feeling of when you’re on a roller coaster, and you can hear the chain lift system pull you up, but then it gets slower, and you know the considerable drop is coming. As you look forward, you see the rails, but eventually, you get to a point where you see nothing, and then it seems as if your imagination takes over before you hit that terrifying fall. Tom King does a great job of presenting many views that can make you question everything in this penultimate issue. Before we dive into the issue, I think it would be worthwhile to take a look at the solicitation:
To solve the attempted murder, the detective on the scene must first solve an actual murder. Before Rorschach and Laura can carry out their ill-fated plan to kill a presidential candidate, they first have to find a way into his political rally. Once that detail is uncovered, the rest should snap into place- especially if it turns out that their inside man was part of the rival campaign. The only problem is that man is dead, potentially killed by the very people he was trying to help, and as everyone knows, dead men tell no tales. Thank goodness, then, that crime scenes do! There’s only one more issue to go after this. Don’t miss out on one of the most intriguing comics of the year!
SPOILERS AHEAD for Rorschach #11!
Last issue dropped the hammer with the dead body, security guard Jonathan Oates, and the bottle our Detective took from his boss, Alan. These pieces help to put together an interesting story for the investigation. The investigation has been quite the spectacle of enjoyment in this series because it makes you examine the comic deeper than if you just read it as a typical comic. That’s not to say that you have to dig deeper, but it adds to the enjoyment of this series as a whole. On that note, though, this issue has me worried because we might be reading about many crazy people and their thoughts instead of staying a passive reader and taking it in.
Our Detective looks like he is questioning everything in this issue, which was great for Jorge Fornes and the art team as this allowed for a few moments to shine. They get to revisit scenes and locations while breaking reality, as we get conversations between Wil, Laura, and our Detective. There is a funny exchange with Laura as she asks for a sip of beer from the Detective — even on that page alone, we see four different locations, and Dave Stewart does a great job with the colors to provide the right temperature for them. This art team has been quite the treasure for this series, and it would be awesome to see them tackle a noir detective story again as they make it work.
The first page and panel were just a great reminder to get yourself grounded as a reader as the Detective faces you and says, “You don’t know anything about me.” That is quite true and causes me to second guess his state of mind. The last page is also worth reading again as it feels like a distraction and that there isn’t anything worthwhile to gain from it, but I wonder if it’s a ruse. Maybe this random guy at the hotel is telling our detective more than we think? Perhaps we need to get more from his story and insights? Either way, this issue makes me question everything I’ve read so far, and that’s fun, but I also stress about how this series will end.
It’s probably safer not to trust these new characters because we don’t know their state of mind or how deep they are playing and stick to the clues.
Rorschach #11 is a great issue that walks a fine line between adding to the mystery and making you feel like you’re following a crazy man. The issue will raise lots of questions, which is fun since this is a mystery. The art team gets some great opportunities to allow the dead to come back and present their side, so now it is up to you to decide before all is revealed (hopefully).
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