This post is chock full of spoilers. That's quite the assumption. It certainly says that his plan isn't completely safe... it hardly announces that he's lost. If the story had intended to tell you that the plan had failed, it would have. Manhattan is the first to argue complicity, because of the value of life. He cares. He's a little abstract about it, but his moral compass says that to preserve life (to honour the sacrifice, if you will) the secret must be kept. So you think Rorschach was right? They should have let him go. I don't agree with much of what you say, but I can't tell what you're arguing. I said it was arguable. In my mind, he floats away above human ideals because he just isn't human - it's like asking if a hurricane finds redemption. I think he got it, but didn't think it was funny. Your reasoning here is incredibly circular. Where is the exaltation of Rorschach? His death was suicide, as much as anything. If you believe he died for a principle, then I guess you could call it martyring - he probably would. You seem, to my mind, to dislike the story for all kinds of motives you ascribe to the author/story that I don't ascribe at all. The story doesn't exalt Rorschach. It acknowledges that he exalts himself. The story makes it plain they all intend to give Ozy's plan a chance to work, that not playing along makes the deaths in NY purposeless. Since they've already happened, what's left? Granted, this didn't hold up on rereading. After what happened to his "staff", letting the heroes off with a promise didn't seem entirely in character. Then again, with Manhattan there, his only choice was to negotiate. I agree with the last sentence there. Watchmen is certainly the beginning of the end for the idea that dressing up as a "hero" and beating criminals constitutes hero-ism or even altruism of any kind. Ozy's plan is on a level and plane so far from "superheroics", it suddenly makes plain how strange the idea of a "superhero" is. Working for a soup kitchen is altruism. Beating up Lex Luthor is ... something else. I think the pirate story gives more of that - that in battling monsters, one becomes a monster.