Checkmate #6

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Alex Maleev Publisher: DC Comics Release Date: November 24, 2021 Cover Price: $3.99 Critic Reviews: 8 User Reviews: 12
5.7Critic Rating
3.0User Rating

The shocking finale to the DC spy event of the year. Everything is revealed…and only one will survive the showdown between Checkmate and Leviathan. Also, who is the Daemon Rose, and why does he have a gun pointed at Superman’s face? Plus: Mr. King’s identity revealed, as well as the reason he has sacrificed everything to bring Checkmate back!

  • 9.0
    The Super Powered Fancast - Timala Elliott Nov 23, 2021

    The art in this issue is filled with bold, but cool coloring and the drawing is a traditional comic book styling. I found the action scenes interesting and enjoyable. The attention to detail helped set the tone of the story, and I found myself completely visually engaged. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Supergirl Comic Box Commentary - Anj Nov 26, 2021

    Kamandi as King? It's a solid choice. (Even though I think Paul Kirk or a nameless agent pumped full of Mark Shaw nanites were also solid choices ... albeit them as mine).  So what did you all think? Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Razorfine - Alan Rapp Nov 30, 2021

    Mark Shaw has been defeated but Leviathan remains, and, as the Checkmate members discuss, it might be a far more dangerous organization than it ever was with a former hero running it. With Leviathan still very much a threat, it appears our heroes will be sticking around, which also apparently includes King whose true identity is finally revealed. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Geek Dad - Ray Goldfield Nov 23, 2021

    Ultimately, this worked as a stand-alone miniseries for Bendis and Maleev to explore the DCU through a spycraft lens, but the pacing was all off for an event. Read Full Review

  • 5.8
    Comic Watch - Kevin Rossi Nov 23, 2021

    Is this the end of Leviathan as we know it? Checkmate #6 answers some questions but leaves more in its wake. If you've been following the series this long, might as well finish it. Read Full Review

  • 4.0
    ComicBook.com - Spencer Perry Nov 24, 2021

    Like so many other Brian Michael Bendis series, Checkmate concludes with grand promises that bring up interesting questions about the future and what's next, but throwing out potential for another series isn't enough to earn more good will than the story itself earns. Read Full Review

  • 2.0
    Lyles Movie Files - Jeffrey Lyles Nov 23, 2021

    Midway through it felt like Bendis lost interest leading to a boring, underwhelming conclusion to an arc hes been working on for over two years. Read Full Review

  • 1.5
    Weird Science - Eric Shea Nov 23, 2021

    Finally, Checkmate is over and we can all get back on with our lives in a world where the comics we love at least feel like they belong in the same Universe and where the characters we love feel like themselves or at least don't feel like the writer is making fun of them. The art in this issue made a would-be important scene come off incomprehensible and the story itself ultimately meant nothing. The only hope I have coming out of this mini is that no one ever references these events again and Bendis leaves DC soon. Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    JBL Reviews Nov 24, 2021

    I like Maleev, but this issue was tough. Sometimes I didn’t know who/what I was looking at. The dialogue was pretty bad. It also felt like Bendis didn’t realize he had only one issue left, so he flew through content that should have been three issues.

  • 3.0
    Julhin Jan 18, 2022

    I hate giving low ratings, specially to creators that I'm very fond of, and Bendis is one of them. I started reading comics when he was at the top of his game, and man is just sad to watch my favorite writer of all time doing something like this. Maleev's art is still good, but not his best work. Can't believe this convoluted, boring, and unnecessary miniseries was made by the same creative team who made some of the best runs of characters like Daredevil, Moon Knight and Spider-Woman, hell, even their Iron Man run which was written at Bendis worst time at Marvel was better than this. I don't know what happened to Bendis, if he just got tired of writing super heroes or if he's just out of ideas, but i really hope that we can have another gli more

  • 1.5
    UxasIs Nov 26, 2021

    Can't believe I forced myself to read this

  • 1.0
    Amazing Psycamorean Dec 7, 2021

    Fucking awful. I really, really despise this issue. Nothing about this worked. The art was terrible at points. The dialogue is ungodly. I just... really fucking hate this issue. Why was this published? Who gives a fucking shit? No one, but fools like you and me, one of the 10 thousand that bought this shit.

  • 1.0
    DiegoLDUganda Nov 23, 2021

    Leviathan was a interesting villain with full of potential. Looks like Bendis show how his ego make him unable to left his characters in good hands and he prefered to kill him.
    Not surprised, this books is just terrible. Still, the art is better than his JL run.

  • 1.0
    Dave Nov 23, 2021

    It’s over thank god

  • 1.0
    Batman Jones Nov 23, 2021

    Just stop it, DC. Will enough never be enough? The rest of the line is great lately. One of these things is not like the others. Send help.

  • 10
    Bruno Mael Nov 24, 2021

  • 6.0
    Jason The Dude Dec 18, 2021

  • 4.5
    COREMARK Dec 12, 2021

  • 1.0
    KFuqua Nov 24, 2021

  • 1.0
    Fmernamz0 Nov 24, 2021

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