This struck me recently as I re-read Watchmen
Chapter VI, page 21, panels six and seven.
"Shock of impact ran along my arm. Jet of warmth spattered on chest
, like hot faucet.
It was Kovaks who said 'Mother' then, muffled under latex. It was Kovacs who closed his eyes.It was Rorschach who opened them again
." (Emphasis mine.)
This is an almost literal representation of baptism.
Not only is Kovacs literally "washed in the blood", but he also becomes a "new creature", Rorschach.
What's very interesting is that this "re-birth" doesn't open his eyes to the reality of God, but rather to the reality that there is no God
......as he says on page 26, panel 2: "Looked at sky through smoke heavy with human fat and God was not there. The cold suffocaating dark goes on forever, and we are alone."
Add to this the fact that the printed material at the end of this chapter describes the young Walter in the Charlton home as doing "...very well at schoolwork, excelling particularly in the fields of literature and religious education...
So here we have a baptism and re-birth that reveals a godless universe and (significantly, I think) leaves Kovacs : "...reborn...free to scrawl own design on this morally blank world." (Page 26, panel six.)
Obviously, there is a lot of other religious symbolism in Watchmen
, but this particular sequence really made me think.
Discuss if interested