Would U Buy It #49: "Checkmate: The Janus Directive"

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We all have trade paperback (TPB) collections we'd like to see. Here's one of mine:

Proposed Title:Checkmate: The Janus Directive.
Alternate Title:The Janus Directive.
Collecting 11 Issues:
  • Checkmate #15-18 (Part 1, 3, 5, 9)
  • Suicide Squad #27-30 (Part 2, 4, 8, 10)
  • Manhunter #14 (Part 6)
  • Firestorm #86 (Part 7)
  • Captain Atom #30 (Part 11)
Covers: (click to enlarge)
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TPB Cover: Checkmate #15
TPB Cover: Checkmate #15

The Janus Directive is one of the first story arcs I remember that had a uniform title banner and crossed over into multiple titles, without being a company-wide crossover. Checkmate and Suicide Squad were carrying some heat back then, so this story seemed like a big deal at the time. I didn't get to read the whole thing as it was coming out, and have yet to collect all of the issues so I can read it in its entirety. I think this would be a fun ride though.

I went with the Checkmate title, because Checkmate started off the arc, and because of all the titles involved, it has the highest visibility with today's fans. Plus, Suicide Squad was kind of a part of Checkmate at the time, so it wouldn't make sense to have that be the main title. For the cover, although I like Peacemaker on Suicide Squad #28, I'd go with the part 1 cover, from Checkmate #15. Going with the Checkmate title for the TPB, that makes more sense anyway.

Would you buy it? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading.

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Posted by thechessclub

Haha YES! And I've been trying to find all the individuals for YEARS now. Nobody ever has these obscure books at shows though. So I need to just buckle down and Ebay em, but finding a seller with all the ones I need is going to be anoying=P

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Posted by RazzaTazz

Checkmate was the second group to join Task Force X, so I would say it would be better listed under Suicide Squad.  Especially the first and last issues of JD dealt almost entirely with ongoing plotlines in the comics titles and only dealt superficially with JD.  Better to list under Suicide Squad.  Great series though

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Posted by cbishop
@thechessclub: PM me what issues you are looking for.  I've just recently moved to an area with better stores for back issues.  If I can locate 'em, I'll let you know. ;)
@RazzaTazz: Checkmate's the more recognizable name right now, which is why it carries that suggested title, so I'll stick with this forum.  But thanks.  Are you sure about Checkmate being second to join TFX though?  My knowledge is sketchy of these titles, but I thought Task Force X was the official name of the Suicide Squad, and that the Squad was then an on-the-side, covert ops team run by Amanda Waller, while she was part of Checkmate.  Do I have that wrong?