Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Event Leviathan #1 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: The groundbreaking and always-inventive team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev (Jinxworld’s SCARLET, Marvel’s Daredevil) reunite on a mystery thriller that stretches across the DC Universe and touches every character from Batman to Superman to the Question to Talia al Ghul. With startling ease, a newly dangerous and aggressive Leviathan wipes out all its competition and now turns its sights to molding the world into its vision of order. Can the new threat’s growth be stopped...and who’s guiding its new agents of chaos?

First off, I haven't been reading Superman and did not read the Leviathan one shot last week, so I'm coming to Event Leviathan #1, by Brian Michael Bendis, completely blank. I knew that there was a new secret group called Leviathan (or thought I knew) that was wiping out the other groups, and that's about it. Which brings me to the first issue of this mini-series (I'm not sure how long its supposed to be at this point).

Anyway, this issue is totally an introduction to what happened with Leviathan: He/They kidnapped Superman, then let him go. Then they attacked all the world's secret organizations and wiped them out. They also set things up so heroes wouldn't necessarily trust each other due to some suspicious circumstances. This issue opens with Batman and Lois Lane both running into each other as they explore the remains of a super secret ARGUS installation, one which know one was supposed to know the true nature of. They encounter Steve Trevor and Green Arrow, and begin to piece together some of what's going on. They make a plan: gather the world's greatest detectives and track down Talia al Ghul (who may have been Leviathan previously?) and whoever/whatever is currently acting as Leviathan. The issue ends with an interesting surprise twist based on information presented to the reader earlier in the issue.

I don't know what to think of Event Leviathan yet. I enjoy a good event comic/mystery and like Bendis's storytelling, so I'm in for this (at least for a few issues). I am curious about what is going on, and the mystery has grabbed my interest. Bendis is typically really good at spooling out long story arcs. I'm also curious to read his take on Batman. However, I feel like having read some previous books that led in to this would have been helpful. In my opinion, big event books should be easily accessible, because they attempt to draw in more readers than just the Superman fan or the Batman fan. I will definitely hang in there for a bit, but if it seems like I'm lacking knowledge, I may have to wait for the collected editions, or go track down some Superman books.

I would recommend Event Leviathan #1. Brian Michael Bendis has my trust enough that I'm curious to see where this is going and how its going to effect the DC Universe as a whole. However, I would not wait long to get on board or I'm afraid that newer readers will be lost or behind.

I received a preview copy of this book from DC Comics in exchange for an honest review.

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