Checkmate (2006-) #18

Checkmate (2006-) #18

Jo getting shot is something I did not see coming, but should have expected. Of course Waller has Deadshot on speed dial. This issue just made it so painfully obvious how underdeveloped a lot of the Checkmate characters are. Waller, if not for her other appearances throughout the years, would be a complete nobody just based off of this series. She has proven she’s terrible at doing anything well, but suddenly she can evade everyone including the third smartest person in DC? Jo is also underdeveloped, along with Faraday and Vertigo. Midnight was a big character in the Checkmate portion of the OMAC Project, yet in this series she has been irrelevant. Sasha and Mr. Terrific barely began to get development during the CheckOut crossover. I’m liking the story, it just would have been better had I cared about the players on the board.