REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ Issue #6

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Event Leviathan #6

Event Leviathan #6 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 and Leviathan finally convened for a parley. In the dying seconds of the issue, the masked terrorist, in an act of good faith reveals his true identity. Meanwhile, Lois Lane takes her alternate group of detectives to check on Sam Lane. The hospital room, however, receives a visit from the soldiers of Leviathan as they plan to remove Lane from the picture once and for all. The terrorists utilize their technology and transport the Lanes into the middle of nowhere, making Sam’s death an inevitability. With his dying breath, Lois’s Father reveals the truth that this whole attack has been his fault.

In the current issue, we find Lois tucked away in a warehouse furiously typing up an article for the Daily Planet as she attempts to make sense of the final clues. Superman turns up to clarify the missing piece, and so the issue goes down the rabbit hole as it ties up all of the questions from the previous issues.

Typically, I provide a broader, but generic plot synopsis. However, I really don’t want to give anything away! Given that all of the previous issues have given no answers as to what’s happening, this issue is spoiler packed.

Event Leviathan #6

That being said, this has been a fantastic series and Leviathan as a villain has added something new to the DC Comics universe. All of the creatives on this issue, Bendis, Maleev, and Reed, maintained a high level of output, as they had done with the prior issues.

Bendis’s creation of Leviathan has shot him up to the more complex of villains. The depth of the plot devoted to his motives makes him less fallible. For example, there’s a quote in the issue where the villain asks Superman what he is really protecting beyond the innocents, meaning governments with corrupt politicians and spy organizations with their multitudes of secrets. It’s been enjoyable to see a complicated antagonist with no known background while subverting the traditional bad guy tropes.

Maleev’s watercolor artistry has been superb for this issue, and series. The illustrator pulled out some truly stunning full-page sketches in Issue #6. The image that comes immediately to mind would be when the combination of heroes breaks into Leviathan’s operations to confront their adversary. The detail is staggering and contrasts in color from the blue hues of the protective dome to the red beaming portal offset the two parties so well. As the panels subsequently progress, they become more captivating to witness.

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An additional compliment should be paid to Maleev for the cover art he’s done over this mini-series. Maleev has a style of art that I would love to frame and hang in my nerd cave. Seriously, take some time to wonder at all of the covers from this series.

Reed also added some brilliance with his lettering. During one sequence, the primary team of detectives switches to using sign language, realizing their audio has been compromised. Each interaction has its own speech bubble with coloring that matches the signer. I loved this addition of communication and how they were each individually identified. Reed has had an excessive amount of dialogue to work with during the series and this issue certainly has a hefty bulk to balance. The letterer, however, magnificently found some equal ground with which to showcase the speech without it detracting from the imagery.

Overall, I’ve been such a big fan of this series, and I hope, beyond hope, they find a way to work this villain back into another big series that crosses the DC comics-verse. I found this conclusion exceptional. Whether you read it in a trade paperback or you’ve read issue by issue, I hope you’ve each found it as intense, and baffling as I have!

Event Leviathan #6 is available in stores now.

Event Leviathan #6
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TL;DR

Overall, I’ve been such a big fan of this series, and I hope, beyond hope, they find a way to work this villain back into another big series that crosses the DC comics-verse. I found this conclusion exceptional. Whether you read it in a trade paperback or you’ve read issue by issue, I hope you’ve each found it as intense, and baffling as I have!

3 Comments on “REVIEW: ‘Event Leviathan,’ Issue #6”

  1. One of the worst “events” ever! 2 detective squads and they never figured anything out! Damian suddenly theows out concept of manhunter last issue snd bendis makes Leviathan out of a character nobody remembers or cares about. Every character stands sround and still is out of character. Just awful!

    1. Is there a reason why you can’t write in coherent sentences?

      1. Actually, I have cerebral palsy and i use an adaptive typing device (pretty much a pointer velco to my hand) and word predictive software. When i get overly excited though I do have some issues. I am glad that the first time i commented here lead to getting made fun of even though it was just me expressing my anger at a book, not at all at the reviewer or site. Thanks so much!

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