Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Event Leviathan #6 by Brian Michael Bendis - Comic Book Review

From the publisher: From the Eisner Award-winning team of superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and groundbreaking artist Alex Maleev, the shocking conclusion to the biggest DC mystery of the year! Who is Leviathan? What do they want? How have they dismantled the most powerful secret agencies in the world? And what’s their next deadly move? The greatest detectives of the DC Universe descend on Leviathan, and all the answers are revealed! Don’t miss the shocking conclusion of this storyline!

Event Leviathan by Brian Michael Bendis wraps up with issue #6. First, a quick summary. Leviathan was unmasked, a connection to the heroes was discovered, Lois Lane published an expose, and a Leviathan is set up to be a major player in the greater DC Comics universe. I could get more detailed, but I'll withhold specific spoilers.

This issue was okay. It did, in fact reveal who Leviathan is, but didn't really bring any resolution to his storyline. But once again, I was left feeling like I had missed big chunks of the story. Apparently Batgirl has been playing a big role, but I don't read that book. Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane, was a Leviathan suspect, but the resolution to his story (while addressed) happened in the Lois Lane comic (I think?). Additionally, there were several other gaps in the story that seemed like they were filled by tie-in issues. Some of this might be due to how much of the issue was plotted; it was told in flashbacks. However, even the flashbacks were incomplete or referenced like the characters already knew some or all of the information.

Overall, I'm really unimpressed and disappointed with Event Leviathan by Brian Michael Bendis. I would not really recommend this issue or series. Furthermore, I would encourage DC to somehow communicate whether tie-in issues/series are necessary to have a complete story, because that is a huge failing of Event Leviathan as far as I'm concerned. I believe that a mini-series should have a self-contained story that has resolution, and any tie-ins should just add to the main series, not have major pieces of the story in them. Generally, I'm a Bendis fan, but this is one series that does not live up to my expectations of his writing.

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

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