Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Event Leviathan #3 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s DC’s biggest whodunit in years! The world’s greatest detectives—Batman, Green Arrow, Lois Lane, Plastic Man, the Question and Martian Manhunter—have gathered to solve the mystery behind the true identity of Leviathan’s leaders and the destruction of the world’s top intelligence agencies! Red Hood is their leading suspect—and he is on the loose! Plus, the Silencer takes her shot! This mystery will unleash a new evil on the DC Universe!

In my opinion, Event Leviathan #3 is the best issue so far! Brian Michael Bendis does a super job writing this issue, and unlike with issue #2, I didn't feel like I had missed out on something due to any tie-in issues.

To summarize, at the end of issue #2, Batman and his group of detectives, spearheaded by Damian Wayne, basically accused Red Hood/Jason Todd of being Leviathan. This issue shows the immediate consequences of that decision and is told mostly through flashbacks showing Red Hood trying to get away from the detectives. And while the action is nearly constant, it's Red Hood's constant running commentary and observations that add depth to the mystery of Leviathan. He presents some very logical ideas about just who or what he is or isn't, and what Leviathan might be. He also asks a very interesting question that makes the detectives stop and reconsider everything: Where is Amanda Waller? The issue wraps up with an interesting twist that may take this series in a totally different direction.

I really enjoyed Jason Todd in this issue. I feel like he has been a very unevenly written character over the past years, but Bendis does a great job capturing both his ruthlessness, his particular moral code, and his intelligence (which particularly stands out in relation to Batman and the others). I also feel like this story has hit its stride, and rather than feel a bit confused after reading, I now find myself looking forward anxiously to the next chapter of this story. Bendis has firmly hooked me.

I highly recommend Event Leviathan #3 by Brian Michael Bendis. It presents a vital chapter in an intriguing mystery that has shaken up the covert part of the DC Universe. Grab your copy and get a bit closer to solving the mystery of who Leviathan is, and what his endgame might be.

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

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