Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Rorschach #11 Review

Setting Up

Writer: Tom King
Art: Jorge Fornes
Colors: Dave Stewart
Release Date: August 10 2021
Cover Price: $4.99

It's finally almost over, and this here penultimate issue is when all the mysteries are revealed. And it actually wouldn't be that bad of a twist if it wasn't poorly executed.  I can't say that I am surprised, even with the twist though, and that's part of the problem.

Throughout the issue we have our nameless detective getting drunk off of beer and talking to the Cummings in his head. After he makes a discovery in the last issue, what actually happened is starting to unfold, and because he's apparently losing his mind, he's seeing her tell him what happened.

Spoilers: It was all a setup. The Turley campaign found out that they were planning on assassinating him. Because they knew they couldn't beat Redford, they figured that if there was a failed assassination attempt that could be traced to the Redford campaign, it would destroy Redford. So they started helping Myerson and Cummings without of course saying who they were really connected to. The two knew they were being set up though, so they started leaving clues that would let an eventual investigator know about it. I like the idea, just the way it was done is not good storytelling.  It's already obvious that this didn't have to take 11 issues to get to this point, let alone twelve for the entire story.  I guess Tom King can't just do a regular six-issue story, even though he only writes that amount of story.

So now our detective is probably going to become Rorschach too. Oh goody.  That is just not enough of a twist when everything is said and done.  I still think the art in this issue and series is great and yes, there are real moments of greatness in it as well.  It's one of those things... I have liked a lot of what Tom King's been selling in this maxi-series, but I hate to think that it will all end on a sour note.  I hope the final issue changes that for the better!

Bits and Pieces

Tom King had a really good idea for a plot twist but it's not done well at all, and I really wish it was because I've actually enjoyed the series overall.


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