Checkmate #5

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: October 27, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 7 User Reviews: 16
5.8Critic Rating
3.4User Rating

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THE DAEMON ROSE IDENTITY…REVEALED! Ripped from the pages of Justice League! As Checkmate digs deeper, it's obvious that what Leviathan is selling is a dirty lie that cannot sustain itself…so Checkmate has to…INFILTRATE LEVIATHAN. But with Checkmate being so outside of the system, once any of them go undercover, they are officially…not on our side.

  • 9.2
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Oct 26, 2021

    The artwork in this issue is traditional. It features color work that changes with the location and tone of the story. I found the illustrations engaging and perfectly fitting for the storyline. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 1, 2021

    I still can't believe that Talia is working for or even with Shaw. But we have seen earlier him try to woo her. Is she a double agent? A triple agent? Or only working for herself? Seriously, this is a solid cliffhanger. I wonder if King has been onto Talia this whole time. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Oct 26, 2021

    So this is a comic that has good writing and good art, but somehow it just doesn't come together into the event comic it's supposed to be. I'm hoping Bendis can pull it together and maybe spin the loose plots out into something in Justice League down the line. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Oct 26, 2021

    Checkmate #5 keeps readers standing in the dark talking amongst themselves hoping for a Hail Mary pass to make sense of it all. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Oct 27, 2021

    Despite minimal action Maleev manages to make the static imagery of its leads conversing for much of the pages to be engaging, continuously creating mood in ways that the prose itself simply cannot, not to mention the ever confusing web the story creates anyway. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Oct 26, 2021

    This series has been a train wreck that's almost worth hate reading to see what kind of foolishness Bendis will perpetrate next. There's just one more issue to go and it's a guarantee nothing will get resolved forcing Bendis to resume the story he really wants to tell in Justice League. Read Full Review

  • 2.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Oct 26, 2021

    Checkmate continues to be a bore of a story but this issue somehow takes its usual terrible dialog and ability to stand around and do nothing to a new degree as the story progression gets to be ludicrous in what they're telling us is going on. There's one more issue left to stop Leviathan and while none of the story from Event Leviathan to Checkmate was compelling or made all that much sense, I have no idea how one more issue can bring everything to a close... mostly because I'm not sure exactly what Leviathan has been doing this whole time. Read Full Review

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