Rorschach’s Journal. 2021. The 35th anniversary of writer Alan Moore’s sensational, highly-influential and stunning 12-issue magnum opus, Watchmen.
To commemorate this anniversary for the Comic of Comics, the Justice League Book Club (run by myself) and the DC History Club (run by @msgtv and @TurokSonOfStone1950) will provide a fun analysis of each issue on a weekly basis, with my contributions coming from the odd-numbered issues, while DC History looks at the even-numbered issues.
How this Read-Along works:
Watchmen is NOT available on DC Universe Infinite. To participate in the Read-Along, you’ll need to have your own copies of Watchmen (be they the single issues or a collected edition) at the ready to read along with as we move from issue to issue, week after week.
Discussions will be posted on a weekly basis, with each discussion focusing on one issue. If you should run late, fear not good reader, as you are welcome to chime in on a particular week’s discussion at any time. Afterall, this is a 24/7 anniversary party.
That’s all there is to it! Easy-peasy, lemon-squeezy.
So, toss on your fedora, pop open a fresh can of cold beans as you listen to some Bob Dylan, maybe buy a pair of jeans (or Tobias Funke-style never-nude shorts) for Dr. Manhattan along the way and let’s get this 35th anniversary celebration off on the right foot!
- Watchmen #1.
If you should need a copy on the fly, the issue is available at Comixology, while the collected edition of Watchmen is also available at Comixology, as well as on Hoopla.
Watchmen #1 begins with the thoughts of Walter Kovacs (aka Rorschach) as written in his journal while the reader is gradually pulled into the murder scene of Edward Blake, aka The Comedian. What are your thoughts on how this sets up Rorschach, The Comedian and the mystery to come in the series?
What was your favorite scene, and why? Was there a particular panel in the issue that stood out to you?
After the main portion of the issue, we’re treated to an excerpt from Hollis Mason’s autobiography, Under The Hood, which chronicled the lead-up to his time as the original Nite Owl. How do you feel this marriage of prose worked with the sequential story beforehand?
Anything else that comes to mind about this issue.
That’s the journal entry for this week, dear, good, reader. I hope that when we look up and say “Join our anniversary party to commemorate one of the all-time best stories in comicdom.”, that you’ll look down, say “Yes.” and join us “all along the watchtower.”
Side Note: For more from the world of Watchmen (as well as DC Universe titles featuring elements of Watchmen) be sure to check out the following on DCUI:
- Batman/Flash: The Button
- Before Watchmen: Comedian
- Before Watchmen: Dollar Bill
- Before Watchmen: Dr. Manhattan
- Before Watchmen: Minutemen
- Before Watchmen: Moloch
- Before Watchmen: Nite Owl
- Before Watchmen: Ozymandias
- Before Watchmen: Rorschach
- Before Watchmen: Silk Spectre
- DC Universe: Rebirth #1
- Doomsday Clock