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July 23, 2008

Fun with October DC Solicts – The rise and fall of Checkmate

Filed under: Blurbs — Tags: , , , , , , — Pedro Tejeda @ 1:50 pm

CHECKMATE #31 Written by Bruce Jones. Art and cover by Manuel Garcia. All the pieces on the Checkmate board have converged on China. Is it the end of the world as we know it in this series finale issue? Or will Chimera save the day? On sale October 29. 32 pg, FC, $2.99 US FINAL ISSUE

Scrolling through the solicitations I came across this doozy. It looks like DC finally did what I jokingly asked them to do a couple of months ago. What has the book been doing since you and I dropped it? Why, it has been building up the sensational character find of ’08, Chimera! Who is he? He’s pretty much a super soldier who can turn into his enemies’ worst fears. His ongoing story has hijacked everything I found interesting and wonderful about the spy thriller Checkmate was before Jones got on to it.

John Rogers in an interview stated that some sort of Magic Event would be spinning out of Checkmate post Final Crisis. This event has to be why they decided not to go with the collaborator of the original writer and with Bruce Jones instead. Chimera has been the only thing the book has been about since the switch. So now that Chimera has been introduced and established,  they can turn off the lights on the book so he can move on to what ever great things they have planned for him. I guess Checkmate as an organization will languish in the background, used the same way SHIELD was pre-Civil War. Great Job DC!

Wait… what’s this?

FINAL CRISIS: RESIST #1
Written by Greg Rucka & Eric Trautmann
Art by Ryan Sook
Covers by Ryan Sook and Rodolfo Migliari

In a world overrun by Darkseid’s Anti-Life Equation and his relentless storm troopers, do you choose to RESIST? The world’s only hope for survival depends on one-time JLA mascot Snapper Carr, Mr. Terrific, and Checkmate. With the aid of the villainous Cheetah, Snapper must rally the various factions of Checkmate and awaken an evil from a Crisis past. Could this actually be the end?

On sale October 22 • 40 pg, FC, $3.99 US

Oh, DC. I’m sorry I ever doubted you. Please let this lead to a Checkmate relaunch out of Final Crisis and I promise to never fight with you again. Well, actually I’m kind of fickle. But if you put Brandon Thomas on Robin, I’ll get you something really nice for your birthday.

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