Rorschach’s Journal. 2021. The 35th anniversary of writer Alan Moore’s sensational, highly-influential and stunning 12-issue magnum opus, Watchmen rolls on, ever-present in the face of an unfolding mystery.
To continue the 35th anniversary Read-Along for the Comic of Comics, the @JusticeLeagueBookClub (run by myself) and the @DCHistoryClub (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.
Onto the good stuff!
- Watchmen #8
- Moore has cranked up the action, and set it against a number of other storylines and themes, everything from Halloween to street riots to flashes back in time. Does the narrative work for you in this issue? Too much going on, or is Moore keeping all of these balls successfully in the air?
- Silk Spectre smokes, hmm?
- We get Rorschach in prison and in the original version he’s very calm. How do Rorschach’s actions in this issue strike you? His he menacing, nuts, has he planned all of this out in his head?
- The Black Freighter story is fully integrated into the wider story now, what is reaction to this?
- What else ya got for us?
That’s the entry in our Watchmen 35th Anniversary journal for this week. We’re up to #8, so you should read that one.