Review: Before Watchmen Rorschach # 4

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This week DC Comics released Before Watchmen Rorschach # 4 by Brian Azzerello and Lee Bermejo, this final issue to the limited series highlighting one of the most popular characters in comics ended with a story that is dark, violent, and conscious.

Rorschach confronts Rawhead and basically catches a lucky break, ending his part in the conflict. The book’s supporting characters on the other hand are not as fortunate.

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Lee Beremjo’s art really helps detail the time period of the comic. His late 70’s/early 80’s New York City is gritty and scary. The fight scenes are always fluid, and really show just how bad a beating Rorschach can take.

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Overall the series had its moments of pure Rorschach gold and depicts a seedy dark New York better than any other title representing the era, but for a book that had the potential to be the best of the Before Watchmen line, this sort of just ended up being an underwhelming Rorschach mini series, with lots of pretty artwork and shock for shock’s sake.

Degobot!

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Before Watchmen Rorschach # 4 is on sale now, at your local comic book store or on the DC Comics app on Apple and Android devices.

In Portland? Buy your comics at Floating World Comics located at 400 NW Couch StreetPortland, OR 97209 (503) 241-0227

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