REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ Issue #1

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Event Leviathan #1

Event Leviathan #1 is published by DC Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art by Alex Maleev, and letters by Joshua Reed. Previously in Superman: Leviathan Risingwe were introduced to the person who’s been decimating government entities within the DC universe and saved Clark Kent from Talia al Ghul. Albeit while wearing a facial, and audible distortion mask.

However, it was a sinister introduction. The dialogue between Leviathan and his counterpart was articulate without being specific and it helps land a fantastic opening sequence. Event Leviathan #1 crafted the notion that Leviathan is a master villain who thrives while operating from within the shadows. From behind the curtain, he seems capable and content to inflict maximum damage.

In Event Leviathan #1, of what’s described as a six-issue mystery thriller, we spend the majority of time with Batman and Lois deep in discussion while standing within the ruins of an unnamed structure. The issue is packed full of heavy tension and swathed in dark mystery.

One facet that has flowed over from the previous issue that I loved, is allowing the reader to continue to see DC’s two best detectives interact and navigate the logic of the case together. I seriously can’t get enough of Lois Lane and Batman together. Bendis has created a tether between them built on mutual respect and their unbridled desire to get to the truth no matter the internal and external costs. They work so well together because they have both built professional careers on getting to the bottom of a story every single time.

This temporary partnership yields brilliant results as they work their way down the rabbit hole to the explanation behind the destruction they currently stand upon. Once they solve that clue, they’re able to ascertain that it’s a race against the clock before things go from bad to worse.

Maleev brings every ounce of his artistic experience to issue by elevating the illustrations and colors to a point that is captivating. His portfolio of work has touched some stellar properties and he continues to deliver a product of noticeably high standard within Event Leviathan #1. While the issue does only focus mainly on a singular destination, Maleev is somehow able to extract maximum detail, and maximum impact.

This is impressive, given this issue is taking place at night, in a building with literally no natural or man-made light. The strips look like they could have been taken on a camera and transposed onto the page. The color palettes are consistent and bring focus on the characters while creating the tone of the condemned background that surrounds the characters. There are a couple of full-page spreads where the detail is truly breathtaking. The art alone is something to witness.

I was impressed with Reeds’ lettering in this issue also. There is a lot of dialogue that Bendis creates and he’s able to balance this nicely so that it doesn’t draw focus away from the imagery, but alternatively is readable and doesn’t bog down the page.

Overall, Bendis, Maleev, and Reed have delivered a truly enticing first issue for Event Leviathan. The ending was left on a great cliffhanger but felt satisfying enough that you should be eager to pick up issue two next month.

Event Leviathan #1 is available now wherever comic books are sold.

Event Leviathan #1
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TL;DR

Overall, Bendis, Maleev, and Reed have delivered a truly enticing first issue for Event Leviathan. The ending was left on a great cliffhanger but felt satisfying enough that you should be eager to pick up issue two next month.