Wednesday, October 9, 2019

EVENT LEVIATHAN #5 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the Eisner Award-winning team of writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, it’s the reveal of the biggest mystery of the summer. Who is Leviathan? And what is their true goal? You’re going to find out here! Plus, Lois Lane had a whole other team working this story the entire time,  and-oh man!-someone found something!

Brian Michael Bendis is back at it with Event Leviathan #5. Whereas last issue I felt like I understood what was going on, this time I felt like I was missing something. To summarize: Lois Lane had an alternate group of detectives, including John Constantine, Zatanna, and Elongated Man, working on the mystery of just who Leviathan is. And what do you know, they discovered something, but it's not something that Lois is ready to believe. Meanwhile, Batman and his crew are listening in, trying to decide if they can prove what the other detectives are saying. Finally, Superman confronts Leviathan, who reveals his/her face; unfortunately, we aren't shown who it is. After all, there is one final issue to go.

With issue #5, it felt like I was missing out on some vital story reveals because I haven't been reading the tie-in issues. I don't know if I am missing anything, but if not, the story was a little choppy. I'm actually rather curious who Leviathan really is because this plan was well done; however, I don't feel like there is enough story, at least at this point, to warrant a six issue series. It is starting to feel like a lot of misdirection and wasted story-telling time. In my opinion, a mystery (which is what Bendis said this is) should be tighter and not have so much of what feels like filler, or at least the tie-ins shouldn't be required reading (again, that's what it feels like).

I would (sort-of) recommend Event Leviathan #5 by Brian Michael Bendis. If you haven't been reading so far, this isn't really the place to begin. Additionally, at this point I want to reserve my judgment of the series as individual chapters and as a whole until I read the final issue. And I do plan to read it, because I trust Bendis and I'm hooked on finding out just who Leviathan is.

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

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