Before Watchmen: Rorschach is a 4 issue comic of the series Before Watchmen written by Brian Azzarello and art by Lee Bermejo.

The story follows Rorschach in New York City, 1977, where his crime-fighting activities cause him to be targeted by a crime lord running drugs and prostitution in the then-sordid Times Square. While focused on the gang, Rorschach makes the mistake of allowing another predator to operate unchallenged.

Issue #1

Synopsis

New York City. 1977. Dirty. Hot. Dangerous. This town is going to the dogs, and only one man has the guts to clean it up--Rorschach. But with a serial killer on the loose and a new drug lord looking to increase his territory, one man might not be enough.

Plot

"Damntown"

Backup comic

"The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: The Evil That Men Do...! Part One"

Issue #2

Synopsis

As a serial killer known as "The Bard" continues to stalk the streets of NYC, Rorschach is drawn deeper into his personal war on crime.

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Backup comic

"The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: The Evil That Men Do...! Part Eight"

Issue #3

Synopsis

Rorschach continues his relentless pursuit of the criminal boss "Rawhead" even as "The Bard" continues to terrorize the women of Manhattan. Is there a connection between the two and can Rorschach stay alive long enough to figure it out?

Plot
Backup comic

"The Curse of the Crimson Corsair: Wide Were His Dragon Wings Part Eight"

Issue #4

Synopsis

In the thrilling conclusion to the limited series highlighting one of the most popular characters in comics, Rorschach comes face-to-face with the crimelord Rawhead, even as a serial killer closes in on the only thing Rorschach cares about.

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