REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ #4

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Event Leviathan #4 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, the world’s best detectives regrouped in Supermans’ Fortress of Solitude to lick their wounds. They’d been bested in an altercation with the Red Hood after they’d accused him of being a potential suspect. As the team assessed their tactical position, they discovered Amanda Waller had bugged their location. Waller, however, finally comes face to mask with Leviathan. All seems lost, were it not for the timely intervention of the Man of Steel, Superman.

Event Leviathan #4 begins with the squad of detectives picking up the pieces of a confused and, shaken Superman. There has been a small time jump from the end of Event Leviathan #3 to the start of Event Leviathan #4. Superman is testing his X-Ray vision on the other members, as it failed to register on Leviathan at all. As the others stand aghast, Damian Wayne confronts Superman directly.

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In the most indiscreet manner, Damian kicks off the issue with a high level of shock value. Superman was vanquished by Leviathan. It’s not until later in the story, thanks to an incoming transmission from a surprise messenger, that the team really puts part of the puzzle pieces together.

Bendis continues to leave us no ideas as to who the mysterious masked villain is. We know the Leviathan organization’s intent is to create a new world order while also ripping down the old one. Beyond that, Bendis leaves us clueless. Which is frustratingly perfect. This six-issue mystery thriller will go down to the wire, hopefully, resulting in maximum shock when all of the secrets are finally revealed.

Maleev delivers some super-human visuals in this issue and his consistency within this series is bewildering. The panel where Superman attempts, in vain, to uncover the secret identity of the masked villain is spectacularly illustrated and colored. The optics of these panels create a demonic look for the antagonist. The distortion and the use of contrasting colors delivers an impactful design. It reinforces the notion that this is a formidable foe.

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Following on from this sequence there is a full-page spread that illustrates Superman stuck in the portal beam and it is a visual delight. It gives the notion that the protagonist is within the eye of a storm and fighting against the natural elements. Paired with the illustrations, the lettering is extremely creative during this arrangement. Reed’s letters literally follow Superman’s flight as he rises and eventually plummets back to the ground. There’s a huge amount of dialogue within the issue to balance. Given this, Reed is able to find equilibrium between the panel illustrations and his lettering.

Event Leviathan #4 continues to entertain and exasperate all in the same breath. Bendis has created an unmissable event as the series and the suspense continues to build. There are two issues left in the series and I can’t wait for the secrets to be revealed.

Event Leviathan #4 is available now wherever comics are sold.

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TL;DR

Event Leviathan #4 continues to entertain and exasperate all in the same breath. Bendis has created an unmissable event as the series and the suspense continues to build. There are two issues left in the series and I can’t wait for the secrets to be revealed.