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Beauty and the Beast Vol 1 4

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Synopsis for "Checkmate"Edit

Doctor Doom has arrived in Hollywood and examines the body of Hugo Longride. He announces that Hugo was one of his best robot creations and is now destroyed. Beast and Dazzler are kept in a dungeon of some sort and are chained upside-down by their feet. Alexander Flynn walks in and announces his plans to use the gladiators as an army to attack his "father" in Latveria.

Meanwhile, Poltergeist and Link run towards to arena. They are going to try to save Dazzler from the gladiators. Along the way Link has turned into a dark-looking body and has had to save Poltergeist from his own powers which have been causing trees to fall over and rocks to almost fall on them both.

Flynn tells more of his plans and even has donned a new outfit similar to Doctor Doom's. Max Rocker thinks that Flynn has lost his mind and he goes back to the dungeon to free Beast and Dazzler. Doctor Doom sees this and decides to wait things out to see how his "son" reacts to the new dynamics of this battle. Beast and Dazzler run into the arena and realize they are surrounded by the gladiators. A fierce battle breaks out and Max joins in and tries to convince his other gladiators to not fight anymore. Poltergeist breaks in and runs to attack Flynn. Link has to save him and almost chokes Flynn to death out of anger. He finally tires and lets him go and then suddenly Doom appears and announces that Flynn cannot be his son since he is not worthy in battle and he leaves Flynn humiliated. The gladiators announce that they are finally free. Beast and Dazzler walk off and when back at the Heartbreak Hotel they decide that they should not date for now since they need to find what they are running from.

Continued from last issue... Dr. Doom has arrived at the mutant theatre now run by Alexander Flynn, finding the corpse of Hugo Longride, he removes his head -- revealing that Hugo had been a life like robot that has been monitoring Flynn, Doom's heir apparent, since he began his rise to fame in Los Angeles. Doom mourns the destruction of his robot, and vows to topple Flynn's operation once and for all.

Elsewhere in the theatre, the Beast and Dazzler have been strung up by Flynn and his Gladiators following Flynn's take over of the organization. The two once more express their feelings until Flynn arrives to break up the romantic interlude to mock them and advise them that since they are not going to join his Gladiators willingly he will have to kill them. He then tells them that he has grand ideas for his group, intending to amass an army (using his mutant power to charm people to do so) and conquer the world starting with Latveria, home of his supposed father Victor von Doom, has often failed. Dazzler silently pleads to the other mutants to stop Flynn, but finds that none are willing to turn against the clearly mad Flynn.

As Flynn begins his plot, Poltergeist and Link are on their way to the mutant theatre to help free Beast and Dazzler. Mikey's "poltergeist" power acts up, slowing the duo down when Link has to use his own powers to save them from injury. Back at the theatre, after listening to Flynn's plan of attack Max and Ivich leave the room and Max tries to talk her out of going along with the plan, but to no avail. Realizing that this is a raw deal, Max goes to the control room and frees Dazzler and Beast, completely unaware that Dr. Doom himself is watching him in the shadows.

Beast and Dazzler make a break for it, but run into Flynn and his Gladiators, Flynn orders his minions to kill the mutant lovers. As Beast and Dazzler fight off their attackers, Link and Poltergeist manage to break their way into the theatre to make their rescue. However, they may be too late as one of Flynn's mutants tries to kill Dazzler, but she is saved at the last minute by Max who arrives to lend the two a helping hand. As the battle rages on, Dr. Doom watches silently from the arena stands.

The fight is further complicated by the arrival of Poltergeist and Link, the former of whom Flynn grabs and holds at gun point. Flynn however doesn't take into account Link's mutant ability to control people like puppets and is easily taken control of. Link is about to kill Flynn, when Dazzler talks him out of it, telling Link that they should never use their mutant powers to kill. Link decides to follow her example but passes out from using his powers too long. With his mutant army deserting him Flynn is alone against Dazzler and Beast who in turn attack him. Begging Max for help, Flynn is denied and is sounds defeated by Dazzler herself.

With the battle over, Dr. Doom makes his appearance, who reveals that he's been watching the whole time. He mocks Flynn's pathetic and unfounded claims that he is Dr. Doom's heir and mocks his plot to use a mutant army to retake Latveria. No longer considering him a threat, Doom leaves Flynn to face the others in utter contempt. With Doom gone, Max takes leadership of the Gladiators and convinces them all the other Gladiators to join him in finding a new life, they leave mocking the utterly defeated Flynn, offering him to join them as their water boy.

With the battle over, Beast and Dazzler leave the theatre and return to the Heartbreak Hotel. There the two realize that while they love each other, they had escaped into a romance much in the same way that Dazzler found escapism from the Gladiators and amicably party. While outside, Poltergeist and Link have decided to leave the Heartbreak Hotel, unsure of where they are going to go, but ready to enjoy whatever adventure they may find there.

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