Deathstroke and Talia al Ghul Take on The Silencer

This exclusive preview of The Silencer #4 has triggered some unexpected Checkmate nostalgia.

Reading through the first few issues of The Silencer, one of DC’s new wave of comics coming out of the events of Dark Nights: Metal,I was struck by something I didn’t even realize I could feel.

I missed Checkmate.

Checkmate, a quasi-government superspy agency, was created back in the late ’80s, had its own series for a minute, and was revived in the late aughts by Greg Rucka. It functioned as almost a counterpoint to the Suicide Squad the first time around – the Squad was basically a superhero team that ran black ops, while Checkmate was a black ops squad that occasionally had superheroes. They were great in “The Janus Directive,” a late-period crossover with Ostrander/Yale Suicide Squadthat remains one of the best comics DC has ever published. Then when Rucka brought them back, they functioned as the last firewall for regular folks with the capes, a sort of cartoon-Justice-League-meets-MI6 that leaned heavily into the superspy stuff.

This was all triggered by The Silencer, which so far has been Dan Abnett and John Romita, Jr doing a prototypical spy getting out of the life, then getting pulled back in tale. And all the while, they’ve mixed in Leviathan, one of the best things (along with Spyral) to come out of late period Grant Morrison Batman. 

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In this exclusive preview of The Silencer#4, Viktor Bogdanovic takes over for JRjr and starts things off quick with a fight between Honor (the titular Silencer) and Talia al Ghul. Bogdanovic, in case you missed it, spent some time crushing it on New Super-Man, and is here drawing one of the nicest looking one-on-one fights since the sword fight in Omega Men.

Here’s the official synopsis:

The Silencer has been targeted by every hit man, meta-mobster and weapons-depot dropout that the Leviathan organization has to offer—now it’s time for Honor Guest to take the fight back to them! Too bad Deathstroke has other plans. Silencer squares off against Slade Wilson as we kick off a brand-new epic! And this duo’s devastating past run-in will leave you speechless! 

And check out the preview pages before it hits this Wednesday!