EVENT LEVIATHAN #3 (2019) review

Event Leviathan (DC Comics)

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Synopsis

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!

Review

Event Leviathan is quickly proving itself to be one of DC Comics most mature event series to-date. It’s calculated, cautious approach to deconstructing the DC Universe has made it one of the most exciting series of 2019 and this issue is no different.

We pick up the story with Lois, Batman and their assembled detectives hiding out at the Bermuda Triangle version of the Fortress of Solitude. Fresh from an ass kicking from Red Hood the team are nursing their wounds.

We flashback to fill in the black about what happened following the conclusion of issue #2 and get to see the fight with Red Hood. It plays out as expected with him taking on the team rather than standing up his own innocence.

It’s kind of crazy watching the scene play out as Red Hood outwits the entire of the team but it’s his conversation with Lois which is the most telling.

Bendis does a brilliant job of mixing dialogue with action and that’s nevermore evident than in this issue. After some crazy scenes of everyone tumbling from the building and a page made up of 18 panels (yes 18!), not to mention a face-to-face with Damian we then get down to business and see him speaking with Lois.

Jason’s explanation about why he ran and how he has become the patsy is perfectly in character but also serves the story well. Something I find can be lacking, especially in these huge group team-ups is the individual voices of all the characters who appear. It’s easy for them to be lost in the crowd and end up serving the story rather than the other way around.

That is not the case here and after this scene I would not say no to seeing more of Lois and Jason interacting.

Overall the story is moving along nicely, the pace is slow enough to keep us guessing as to everyone’s next move but not so slow as to become boring. But it’s the closing four pages of Event Leviathan #3 which will have your jaw hovering somewhere around the floor.

I won’t spoil too much but I will say this: Amanda Waller, Leviathan and Superman.

It’s difficult to think of a better artist for this series than Alex Maleev. There’s a shadowy, gritty noir feel to his style which really suits the overall mystery of the series.

This isn’t the type of book which would be complimented by bright, colourful imagery. It requires something much more murky to so alongside this world of spies and intrigue.

It’s great to read a series where I have genuinely no idea where it’s going to go. This and DCeased are easily top of the reading pile right now and it should be the same for you.

Verdict

As the mystery of Event Leviathan deepens so does my obsession with this series. Having absolutely no idea where the story is going makes this a page turner of the highest order. If you aren’t reading this I need you to stop whatever you’re doing and go buy it now!

8/10

Event Leviathan #3 is written by Brian Michael Bendis with art and a cover by Alex Maleev.

Event Leviathan #3 cover art by Alex Maleev

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Neil is the GYCO Editorial Chief. He has a BA in Film & Tv and an MA in Scriptwriting; he currently works 9-5 as an office manager and 5-9 as a reviewer/web designer. He has been subscribing to comics for around nine years but has been reading them as long as he can remember. Favourite comics: Batman; Nightwing, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and All New X-Men Favourite films: Batman (any apart from & Robin); Star Trek Generations, Underworld, Beetlejuice Favourite TV shows: Fringe; Buffy, Arrow, TBBT, Being Human UK and Star Trek TNG