Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: “The Detectives”! EVENT LEVIATHAN, the new miniseries by the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, continues! As the mystery of Leviathan continues to rock the very foundations of the DC Universe, the world’s greatest detectives gather for the first time anywhere to solve the mystery before it’s too late! Lois Lane leads Batman, Green Arrow, Plastic Man, Manhunter, the Question and a couple of genuine guest sleuths in the search for who Leviathan is and how their plans have already unfolded. This issue also guest-stars Red Hood, Batgirl and more!

Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis continues the search for Leviathan that began in issue #1. First, a disclaimer of sorts: this book/mini-series is a self-contained story with tie-ins. I haven't read any of the tie-ins yet, and I feel like I'm missing out on something when I read Event Leviathan. There are events that are referenced that seem to have happened in between issues. I felt this same way when I read Dark Nights: Metal. Self-contained should mean just that; any tie-ins should add to the story, not make readers feel as if they are missing something important.

All that said, this book moved fast. Batman and Red Hood met to discuss the Leviathan case, with Batman describing what had happened and what he knew. Red Hood knew a little, and they shared their info. The Question discovers what happened to Sam Lane, Lois's father and a super spy. Plastic Man investigates a dead Leviathan soldier who used to be an ARGUS agent. All this leads Batman and his team of detectives straight to their chief suspect.

I enjoyed Event Leviathan #2. Bendis is a great writer who knows how to spin out a mystery. There are some interesting characters appearing, including the Question and Plastic Man, neither of whom get a lot of play. I also expect a red herring, or two or three. I also like the connection between this series and Heroes in Crisis, as Red Hood is still dealing with the fallout of the death of a friend. While not totally a character-focused story, it was a nice added touch, and showed that the events these heroes face do have carry over effects.

Bendis reveals who Batman thinks is Leviathan, but I'm not buying it at this point. He is too good of a writer to reveal the villain this early in the story. But like usual, I'm trusting Bendis because of my past history with his writing. My only real issue is the tie-in concern I mentioned earlier. Books should either be support or required to the main series, and there should not be any confusion on this matter.

I recommend Event Leviathan #2 by Brian Michael Bendis. Fans who enjoy event series (no pun intended) and Bendis's writing will like this one. However, get this now (along with the first issue) or you'll be at a loss.

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

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