The Rook got his start as a morally-gray antagonist for Wonder Lad and then, as he was developed, took on a life of his own. In filling in his backstory, a rather compelling mystery was woven in regard to the Rook's true identity and motives, creating a gripping narrative for the character on its own.

The most important thing to remember about the Rook is that he's no superhero. Like the chess piece from which he takes his name, he moves across the board in whichever direction he chooses, and the motives behind his choices are indiscernible.