Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Event Leviathan #4 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: Batman versus Superman! Witness the interrogation of the decade as Bruce Wayne tears into Superman to find the missing piece of the Leviathan puzzle they both need. It’s a battle of wits and wills as the greatest detectives in the universe get together to figure out the why and how of Leviathan before it’s too late. And when that doesn’t work”¦in comes Lois Lane! From the creative team of Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, it’s another fully painted noir thriller that will tear a bloody trail through the DC Universe.

Brian Michael Bendis brings us another chapter in the mystery that is Event Leviathan. Issue #3 left off with Superman confronting Leviathan as they tried to take Amanda Waller. Much of issue #4, then, is Superman's explanation of how he ended being beaten by Leviathan and how Waller disappeared again. Due to Superman's lack of trust in them, the group of detectives (other than Batman and Lois Lane) find themselves excluded from hearing the story, which is a source of tension among the group. They discover that there are wheels within wheels working here, as Leviathan has set multiple people up, including Green Arrow, Manhunter (possibly?), and Red Hood. As Lois leaves Wayne Manor, an assassin and their handler are watching and speculating. Finally, there is a cliffhanger of an ending, which leads in to issue #5.

At this point, I have no idea who Leviathan is or what their endgame is. Bendis is throwing out plenty of red herrings. Each suspect seems likely based on the clues, but might be too obvious. It's hard to imagine a major hero becoming Leviathan, and a minor hero seems like cheating a bit to me. However, that might be what Bendis wants readers to think. With someone like Red Hood in the clear, it's an easy thing to double back on it and have him actually be Leviathan. Also, is Leviathan really a villain? Or just someone who's methods don't necessarily get approval from the Justice League and other heroes? I don't have the answers, but I'm definitely hooked on the mystery. Bendis is great at writing engaging mysteries, and after a bumpy beginning (in my opinion), this has really hooked me.

I would recommend Event Leviathan #4 by Brian Michael Bendis. I'm really looking forward to the next issue, and eventually discovering just who Leviathan really is.

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

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