Event Leviathan: Checkmate Postponed Indefinitely

by Joshua Raynor
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DC has indefinitely postponed Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev’s upcoming Event Leviathan: Checkmate six-issue limited series, promising in its most recent retailer mailer that it will be “rescheduled to align with upcoming DC Universe storylines.”

Event Leviathan: Checkmate spins out of the Bendis and Maleev’s 2019 series Event Leviathan in which the malicious, mysterious espionage group Leviathan – led by the eponymous villain, whose secret identity was revealed as Mark Shaw, the one-time Manhunter – took over the world of DC’s spy underground. The new Checkmate teams Green Arrow, Talia al Ghul, the Question, and Lois Lane to take on Leviathan in secret.


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The series was announced in January with a planned April 22 on-sale date. However, DC canceled that release date when the Direct Market comic book industry went on pause due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Event Leviathan: Checkmate was then rescheduled for a June 2 release – though that date came and went without the issue’s release, which seemed to go largely unnoticed until DC’s update of its postponement.

The original announcement of Event Leviathan: Checkmate revealed only the limited series’ creative team and issue count, tying into the cryptic nature of the original series, which focused on a team of detectives organized by Lois Lane – a key player in the relaunching Checkmate – trying to solve the mystery of the identity of the leader of secret spy organization Leviathan (also conveniently named Leviathan).

In that series, Lois showed a gift for espionage by eventually deducing Leviathan’s identity as one-time hero Mark Shaw/Manhunter with the help of a secret second team of infiltrators.

A second planned spin-off titled Manhunters: Secret History was previously canceled outright.

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