Checkmate 16 – 31

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #16
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett and Joe Prado

What a fantastic issue! I forgot how good this series was. This is one of those relationshippy issues which I love, especially focusing on the relationship between Sasha and Mr. Terrific, as well as the friendship between Fire and Ice. It was great to see the two of them together again.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #17
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Chris Samnee

This was a decent issue focusing on the security of the Checkmate Castle and the man behind it. It was pretty high concept and I liked that. The idea of a man with a computer in his brain is so simple I am surprised no one has ever thought of it.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #18
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett

Ah this looks like it is going to be a fun arc. Amanda Waller is going to get her ass handed to her I have a feeling as Checkmate is figuring out her scheme with Taskforce X. I did not expect to see Martain Manhunter in this and it made me very sad to realize he will die soon after this in Final Crisis. I really miss him. His death was a shame.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #19
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett

I like how we are seeing both sides of the mystery so it’s the characters that are in the dark about everything. Amanda Waller is fascist biatch…I can’t wait to see her fall. I like that this series doesn’t glorify the US government (in fact, it does quite the opposite). The art is fantastic by the way.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #20
Written by Greg Rucka
Art by Joe Bennett

Hell ya Amanda Waller has fallen! Most of the characters on this cover don’t appear unfortunately but still, Amanda Waller has fallen! The rest of Checkmate totally got her where they wanted her and got her to resign. I am excited to see who will b e the new White Queen. My question is though, has Martian Manhunter been the Black King this whole time?

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #21
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Chris Samnee

You know I am not sure why but I didn’t really care for this issue. It just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t bad and I thought the whole Madame Moiselle Marie legacy thing was interesting, but I guess I just found it kinda dull.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #22
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Chris Samnee

So this issue really grabbed me with the Madameoiselle Marie concept….I really liked the historical aspect and the tradition. And I liked seeing her whoop ass. Seriously she was brutal. I hope this character is not forgotten after this series ends.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #23
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Joe Bennett

This looks to be a fun and thrilling arc dealing with Kobra. I remember rather enjoying the first Kobra arc on this title. Bringing in Superman may have been the easy-way-out, but at least it was a smart move on Checkmate’s part.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #24
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Chris Joe Bennett

This was intense as Checkmate gathers the Global Guardians, the Outsiders, the Justice League, and Justice Society to stop Kobra’s evil plan. Oh how occults are freaking scary and especially when said Cult has killer reptilian babies.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #25
Written by Greg Rucka and Eric S. Trautmann
Art by Joe Bennett

This ends Rucka’s run on this title and it was definitely a nice ending. I expected Checkmate to kill the babies but I was pleasently surprised to see they hadn’t. As for the rooks, I am not sure I really understood exactly what was going on with them. They all shot up with alien DNA?

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #26
Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

Not sure what to think of this issue. It didn’t focus on Checkmate so much as this new character Chimera that Checkmate scientists created from a near-dead soldier in Iraq. The issue was page after page of very disgusting scenes from a bear getting ripped apart to a person being stung by a giant and his whole body swelling up. I read Jones’s Nightwing run so I know he can write disgusting but I really don’t know what to think yet.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #27
Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

Okay we haven’t seen Sasha Bordeaux or Mr. Terrific since Jones took over, these are these are the stars of the book! So far this is about Chimera, a new character, and not really Checkmate at all. Wtf!check28

Checkmate (Volume 2) #28
Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

Ya this Chimera stuff isn’t doing it for me. I liked when this series was about the inner workings of Checkmate, not their monster operative only. So far, no good. But at least Sasha appears in this issue.

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #29
Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

Ya this still sucks Chimera Balls! I really could care less about this character or the monsters attacking everywhere. Jones really likes writing about monsters for some reason. How did the girl find out Adam Sharp was Chimera? Did I miss something?

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Checkmate (Volume 2) #30 Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

Ya this is utter crap. Still more fighting monsters and focus on a character I don’t give a crap about. What an extreme drop in quality for this series. Bruce Jone’s Nightwing wasn’t great, but it wasn’t this bad.checkmate31

Checkmate (Volume 2) #31 Written by Bruce Jones
Art by Manuel Garcia

This is the final issue of Checkmate and I am really not sad to see it go. Sure it had some great moments under Rucka but Jones had really taken this series to an all time low, focusing way too much on Chimera and not on Checkmate. Heck, Mr. Terrific hasn’t even appeared since Jones took over the title. Chimera saves the world from the boring monsters and this was just a big borefest. Not recommended.

Batman Says No To The (Sinestro) Corps

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #17
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert

While this issue seemed very short for some reason, it was really good. We finally have an explanation for what John Stewart has been up to and he actually plays a pivotal role in this issue. Not to mention, a nice flashback of Kyle Rayner. It looks like Johns is finally realizing that he hasn’t utilized the other Green Lanterns to the best of his ability since Rebirth. Abin Sur’s son is a bastard but you can’t help but feel happy for him when he gets chosen to be a member of the Sinestro Corps. I am excited about seeing this new corps in action. Hal really didn’t respect Abin Sur that much if you think about it. He probably should have returned that body a long time ago. Although, Abin didn’t even know he was a father so I don’t know if the changing of his headstone to read ….and father…. is exactly justified but oh well. Definitely a solid issue. Oh and I gotta love Batman getting asked to be a member of the Sinestro Corps.

Lots of Interesting Questions

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #15
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert

Wow, this was a great issue. Sooo much stuff happening in a single issue, it was wonderful. Not to mention, the art was great as well. I am interested in a lot of thing in this issue. I am interested in finding out who the new star sapphire is going to be. I am interested in if Alan Scott has joined the Justice Leage. I am interested in what exactly the deal is with the Sinestro Corps. I am interested in finding out who the new Crimson Fox is. I am interested in finding out what is going to happen to “Cowgirl”. I am interested in why the Guardians need the Cyborg-Superman and what the 52 is. So yes while this issue brought about many questions, it was fun and excting at the same time. This revitalized my belief that Geoff Johns is the greatest write of comics right now. I really enjoyed it. Although, I have to ask where is John Stewart? He should be in this book more often.

Global Pricks

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #14
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Oclair Albert

This issue was pretty good. I mean, it wasn’t bad, but it didn’t give me goosebumps or anything. The ending was interesting, I wonder why Abin Sur’s son hates Hal Jordan. I am going to guess he doesn’t understand that Parallax took over Hal. Ya that is probably it. Oh and what League is Hal referring to? Maybe he is just referring to the old league, because he was definitely not with the Justice League a few months ago. The art is just to my liking, that one page where he recites the Green Lantern oath was freaking amazing. I mean wallpaper on my desktop amazing. I wish this book wasn’t so late, but it is understandable since Geoff is working so hard on 52. The Global Guardians are such pricks, but I think they were always pricks? At least they were during the JLI days.

Green Lantern 12 and 13

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #12
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos
Cover by Simone Bianchi

Okay I am not going to lie and say I know exactly what is going on in this issue. But I will say that I did enjoy it. I never knew Cyborg-Superman’s origin before and I love how it is like the fantastic four if Reed Richards went evil. At least how it is shown in the art in this book. I also loved how Geoff introduced all of the green lanterns, very good writing there. Otherwise, I still am not sure what the heck is going on. How did all of those GL’s survive? Am I supposed to know that already?

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #13
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos Cover by Simone Bianchi

This issue was very good. We find out that Superboy-Prime is imprisoned by the guardians and apparently they know exactly what “52” is, and there is some kind of path in sector 3601. Whatever that means. These mysteries I suppose will be solved eventually so I am not going to worry too much about them now. Next issue Hal is to return to earth, and I like earth stories a lot better than Space operas. Good issue, but not one of my favorites.

Hal Is Up To His Old Tricks

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #11
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos
Cover by Simone Bianchi

This issue, understandably late, was the second for Green Lantern one year later. Once again, Geoff puts together a nice mixture of action packed events and warm character moments. I loved the introduction of the new Crimson Fox. It put a smile on my face and should put a smile on the faces anyone who liked Justice League Europe back in the day. I like how Fox is being forced into joining the Global Guardians as this organization has always been kind of shady and I am not surprised to see them acting this way now. I am a little worried about Hal, as defying the guardian’s wishes has never been a good thing for him and I hope he knows what he is doing. The two page spread where Hal is in front of the guardians is just magnificent and kudos should be given to the artists for that. Also, Geoff manages to make Guy likeable this issue which is something that is rare. I know Guy has his fans but usually he just comes off as a cocky jerk to me. So Kudos to Geoff. The ending was pretty cool although I have never found the manhunters that fascinating and do not know much about the cyborg superman.

Another Reason Why Geoff Johns Rules!

Green Lantern (Volume 4) #10
Written by Geoff Johns
Art by Ivan Reis and Marc Campos
Cover by Simone Bianchi

This ended up being a pretty good issue. It has less action than this title usually does but it has great moments to make up for that. I don’t mind when there is not a lot of action though so I am kind of biased on that point. I like how they are finally truly adressing Hal’s past mass murder of Green Lanterns when he was infected by Parallax. This is probably what is indirectly responsible for the bounty hunters coming after him in this issue. Also, the appearence of the rocket reds seems very retro but apporopriate even though the soviet union is no longer. I think the most interesting thing about this issue has nothing to do with Hal but with the introduction of this freedom of power treaty that has been adopted by the UN. Apparently American metahumans are not allowed to enter nations that have adopted this treaty. This probably relates to Dan Didio’s comments about how the world begins to fear how many metahumans America has. This is an interesting concept because it is almost prejudice and dehumanizing towards metahumans, treating them like they are weapons and not people. I loved the scene where Ollie and Hal speak because it is almost like there roles have switched, Ollie is now telling Hal not to break the rules. I think this goes to show how both of them have changed so much since there hard-traveling heroes. This was a nice touch. Oh and the sinestro Corps just sounds like such an awesome concept! I really liked this book.