REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ Issue #2

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Event Leviathan Issue #2 is published by DC Comics, written by Brian Michael Bendis, with art and cover by Alex Maleev, and letters by Josh Reed. In the prior issue, Batman and Lois Lane were investigating the scene of the wreckage of the new home to A.R.G.U.S., named ‘The Odyssey’. When the building was attacked by Leviathan, everything was decimated. There were no clues and almost no bodies to be found except for one lone survivor.

After hearing this person’s story, Batman and Lois quickly realize they’re about to be framed for all of the carnage, and time is of the essence. The only way out of this foxhole is to put together a team of the best detectives to unveil the group behind all of this chaos, and bring them to justice.

In Event Leviathan #2, the story focuses in on an exchange between Batman and The Red Hood, Jason Todd. The Dark Knight spends the time getting Jason up to speed with all of the details on the case so far.  As the two converse, we witness a series of callbacks of The Question and Plastic Man as they chase down the only clues available that could point the team in the right direction and would ultimately lead to revealing the true identity of Leviathan, the person or the group.

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If I’m being particularly vague, it’s because I am desperately trying to avoid giving away any spoilers. The biggest joy of reading Event Leviathan is that the story has created such a riddle, with no obvious signs of a clear resolution. We have a new villain that’s been heavily shrouded in mystery and doesn’t follow any particular pattern of previous villain behavior. This is a ‘whodunnit’ detective story of grandiose proportions. There are so many variables flying around and too many potential suspects. All of this elevates the level of suspense in Event Leviathan #2.

Event Leviathan #2 will have you trying to solve the case along with our confounded team of heroes. Bendis has crafted a truly baffling puzzle, because to this point, The Leviathan have only tried to recruit both heroes and villains as they attempt to build a new world order, as referenced from Event Leviathan #1. He has left witnesses in all of the destruction they’ve wrought, to pass on the details to any following up on the events. Either they want to be followed, or they’re so confident in the overarching plan that they know no one can stop them.

I didn’t want this issue to end as I am very much attached to this story. Everyone on the creative team has been contributing above and beyond. From the constant misdirection of the plotline that Bendis is producing, to the gritty artwork and coloring that Maleev is designing. Reed’s contributions have been especially clever.

Very early on in the issue, there is a full page drawing of a cork board splayed with pictures and commentary that not only serves as a fantastic recap of the prior events but also evokes the traditional elements of a detective story that is synonymous with Batman stories. Reed fabricates some of the messy writing of an investigative mind, capturing the hurried writing of a thought that needs to be documented.

The contributions from the creative members are very mutually complimentary of the others, so much so that it gives the impression that they are generating this work via the use of a hive mind. Maleev leverages the dark, gritty colors that strengthen the tone of the story. The moments of action are so contrasting to that of the nighttime scenes, still and quiet colors, that it reinforces the impact that the characters in the story are feeling. They are big, and bright, and especially loud images to drive home that shock. Overall, this story has been referenced and hinted at since the arrival of Bendis, and so far it is succeeding in living up to the expectations it set for itself.

Event Leviathan #2 is available now in comic book stores everywhere.

Event Leviathan #2
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TL;DR

Overall, this story has been referenced and hinted at since the arrival of Bendis, and so far it is succeeding in living up to the expectations it set for itself.