REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ Issue #5

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Event Leviathan #5 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, Superman was recalling the details of how Leviathan had escaped his grasp to the gathered guild of detectives. Meanwhile, Lois had discovered an urgent lead and decided to run with it, although she more drives with it; the “it” being one of Bruce Wayne’s very expensive cars. Finding herself in a remote part of town, she is confronted by an unlikely band of misfits. Most shocking of all, Lois was the one who had initiated this team into being a second group of detectives working the case.

Event Leviathan #5 picks up immediately after the events of the prior issue, just as all of the other issues have done in this series. Which brings us promptly, and eagerly, to the events of Lois Lane meeting up with her second group of world’s best detectives to see what clues they’ve uncovered.

The team consists of Elongated Man, John Constantine, Harvey Bulloch, Zatanna, Deathstroke, and the Question (Renee Montoya). They present Lois with an uncomfortable discovery, a lead that is a little too close to home. This leaves the Metropolis reporter no other choice but to follow the paper trail and confront the suspect.

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Meanwhile, Superman is face-to-mask once again with Leviathan. However, they’re not in Kansas anymore. In fact, it’s hard to tell where they are at all. Leviathan showers the son of Krypton with praise, eager to show him his vision for a new world order. The world is now emancipated from the lies, and secrets, of spy organizations. In an act of faith, Leviathan removes his mask once and for all, and reveals his identity to Superman.

What a bloody exciting issue! Event Leviathan #5 knows exactly where it wants its reader, and in what state it wants to leave them in. The writing style from Bendis continues to partially weave pieces of information into the story without leaving you enough data to piece it all together. Yet. in contrast, you’re left with only circumstantial evidence. Any resulting theory could easily be debunked in minutes. That’s what I love about the mystery that shrouds this story. No one knows. It is a labyrinth of possibility.

With #6 just a mere month away, Bendis has left himself the perfect amount of room to finish out this story. The tempo of the entire series has been fantastic. It is well-paced and yet balanced with a sufficient level of curiosity and suspense. Each issue feeds your imagination with nuggets of clues, yet leaves you with an unquenchable thirst for answers. As we reach the crescendo in the final issue, it will be satisfying to look back on how it all ties together.

Maleev’s illustrations continue to embody this story in a way I couldn’t have imagined. His watercolor art, mixed with his use of shades of color, sets the perfect visual tone for this mystery thriller. Bendis and Maleev are clearly on the same wavelength when it came to creating this product as the work intertwines so fluidly that it bears the mark of a creator-owned comic spawned from the imagination of one mind.

The coloring from Maleev is especially captivating as he chooses one color palette and shades around it somehow creating depth within his panels. I urge anyone who’s read these stories to just take a step back and admire how he conveys tone with so very few colors.

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The contributions on lettering from Reed in prior issues has resulted in me being a big fan of his work. It’s a tall order of what he’s asked to create, given the entire series sways far more to the heavy use of dialogue. That being said, there were a few instances within this issue where the lettering causes you to break from the trance of the story. While Lois is visiting a suspect, they are ambushed by unknown assailants. In this moment, however, the onomatopoeia of the lettering, the coloring, and the shading feels very artistically out of sync with Maleev’s work. It awkwardly jumps from the page, in a way that it really shouldn’t. I will say that’s the only instance within this issue I would find fault with.

All that being said, I continue to lavish praise upon Reed as he succeeds in finding the perfect equilibrium between dialogue and panel space.

Of all of the issues in this story, Event Leviathan #5 will be the one that gets people talking and really trying to identify “who is Leviathan?” as the finale of the mini-series approaches. This will be the last time fans can speculate between themselves about who this villain is and what will this means for the DC comics verse moving forward. As of next month, we’ll all finally have the answer, but until then, I will continue to sit anxiously on the edge of my seat wondering what it all means.

Event Leviathan #5 is available at comic book stores now.

Event Leviathan #5
4.5

TL;DR

Of all of the issues in this story, Event Leviathan #5 will be the one that gets people talking and really trying to identify “who is Leviathan?” as the finale of the mini-series approaches. As of next month, we’ll all finally have the answer, but until then, I will continue to sit anxiously on the edge of my seat wondering what it all means.