Written by Brian Azzarello. Drawn by Lee Bermejo.
Some spoiler-rific plot details in the next paragraph!
It’s the NYC blackout and chaos takes hold. Rorschach fights a minion of Rawhead, but he’s subdued then gets tortured. Rawhead takes his mask and goes on a monologue about identity. Then Rawhead takes a turn at “crimefighting.” The waitress, the not-love interest, walks with that creepy dude, Ronny, from the restaurant. Take a guess at what happens to her during a blackout. Rorschach gets out his jam with some powerful help.
Rorschach is light on ideas and feels rushed to resolve the fates of Rorschach’s foes. It’s not a grand story like Darwyn Cooke’s Minutemen. Before Watchmen: Rorschach is very gritty and doesn’t try to be anything else. The additional characters to the story are underwhelming. Rorschach handles business like he usually does with little character development.
Bermejo does a fine job visualizing the uncertainty of the New York and captures Rorschach’s steely determination well. em>Rorschach, the quick reads they are, merely settles for action and isn’t a special event worthy of the Watchmen brand.
Also, the cover of issue #4 is different than the one presented on DC Comics’ website.