What made you this way? You did...all of you.
What made you this way?
You did....all of you.
Our story begins with a rehash to Rorschach's youth; a story told with such nonchalance that it could only be one of an infinite amount of similarly horrid hells to be visited upon the poor soul. The narrative, chronicled thru Rorschach's journals, puts us at July 1977 not months from the riots and subsequent implementation of the Keene act, outlawing non-government affiliated vigilantes. Stylistically the city sparks and buzzes with the neon glow of electric sex only to be dropped off a block away to the sickening glow of sin and regret. Every panel is utilized to great effect; not gorgeous, as that's not what the goal is here. Rather, it is beautiful in it's brutality, sickening in its specificity, and painful in its palette. This book is the backbone of the death of everything good and worth fighting for; dear reader you are meant to feel queasy and Lee Bermejo beyond delivers. Choosing not gloss nor pulp, but rather a photo filtered view bringing out blooming dreamlike glows; almost reminiscent of the existential neo-noir art-grindhouse movies of the same time period. It certainly makes a claim to a style, one that is used to great effect in painting the beginning of the end.
The story elements are near perfect; capturing the tone and character of the original tome. Even the journal entries read like Rorschach's voice, complete with cross-outs, strikethroughs and abrupt sentences. Truly the stream of consciousness typing of a focused and undetered individual; who is afforded neither the time nor luxary for proper elocution in his writing. Brian Azzarello blends Rorschachs humor with his violence as well as his violence with drive. He is not the perfect protector, above the criminal to uphold the law; but rather the muckraker of society, fighting fire with fire until humanities indiscretions are lit up for all the world to see. He will get his hands dirty when others refuse to. He will punish and push himself till the task is complete. For no matter your perceptions on that Rorschach test, standing at the center of that pyre will be Walter Kovacs carrying a sign reading 'The End Is Nigh'.
Final Score: 8/10 Nips
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