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Event Leviathan Hardcover – Illustrated, March 31, 2020
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- Publisher : DC Comics; Illustrated edition (March 31, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 264 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1401299598
- ISBN-13 : 978-1401299590
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.93 x 0.74 x 10.43 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #506,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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That is a question that many characters ask throughout. It is asked too much; it attempts to build this into a huge whodunnit, but the payoff is not a good one.
Art is excellent. Maleev is a master.
The story starts out with all of the major world intelligence organizations being taken down in the same day. Cool opening move; but then the motives behind it aren't really explained well (because they don't actually really work). The dialogue is often solid, but Bendis doesn't seem to have the same of knowledge of the various DC characters like he did in the Marvel universe (the Avengers were all well developed, quite different, yet very true to their natures; here, Green Arrow and the Question and Plastic Man don't seem to resemble themselves ).
It has its moments, but is largely unsatisfying and forgetful. Tough for me to write, because Mr. Bendis is my favorite all-time comic writer.
The Action storyline leading to this was not that good..this is not Bendis as I know him with Daredevil
Avengers..X men...this is it for me no more DC or Marvel superheroe books
There are great books published by Image and others....
The problem is that this is a case of way too many cooks. There are simply too many detectives running around, essentially clustered together in large groups, with some dominating and some just contributing enough banter that we can say, "Yeah, that character was in this comic."
Instead, we get a lot of build up and a few plot points about how dangerous Leviathan is and it's hard to care about any of it. The solution to the case is unsatisfying which makes this a pretty disappointing miss for Brian Michael Bendis.
—Why was this mainly a Superman story? It didn’t seem to have anything to say about him as a character.
—Why did they assemble “DC’s greatest detectives” (some of which I would not define that way at all; I mean, Green Arrow? What?!) and then proceed to have them do precisely zero detective work the entire story?
—Why then introduce a *second* group of detectives in the second-to-last issue who did absolutely nothing except open a portal to get Lois to a place she could have already been in?
—Why did this take about a good twenty issues collectively when it could have been two? We hear the same information over and over again and the characters mostly stand around talking about things we already know.
Bad. Just bad. Do not buy.
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Usually I do not mind a story lacking in action if story is good. Here the "greatest detectives" seem to be grasping at straws, jumping to every conclusion or just arguing with each other. Batman sort of surrenders the leadership role to Lois Lane. Then the big reveal at the end was a bit flat for me as I really did not know how the person was.
This is a book I really wanted to be great but turned out to be just ok at best. A bit slow, more being lead around by the nose then any deduction prowess. This more for Lois Lane than Batman fans.
I got the hardcover version and now I believe there’s a soft cover version too.
Well, spoiler-ish review here.
This book binds together a lot of continuity from The New 52 era with Spyral and so on which I appreciate.
It all just seemed to happen so... fast?
The idea I love, a Terrorist destroying all secret agencies, but it just seemed to end as fast as it arrived.
I think the story could have been stretched further.
The panels were all over the place for me, I found it hard to follow what one person was saying to the other.
I don’t like having to second guess if I’m reading each panel in the correct sequence when I’m reading a book.
Jimmy Olsen is ripped?
Yes, apparently he is...
Why that is added I don’t know?
I appreciated the Fun and Cartoony Jimmy Olsen segments.
It just feels like part of the book is left unexplained and I’m fairly up to date with continuity and that is why I get frustrated with Crossover events.
You miss one story and you’re missing the bigger picture.
The artwork is lovely.
Really moody and dark with the added Jimmy Olsen cartoon style that adds a touch of humour (Think Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen)
Honestly speaking, I was super excited for this and although I was glued to each page, I feel a bit like a premature fart of a story.
It doesn’t stink, but it just seems to be there lingering.
Now I know Leviathan will be returning at some point and I just hope the continue the story and make it a bit better.
Not a bad story, but I wouldn’t say it was groundbreaking either.
It’s no Dark Nights Metal that’s all I’m saying.
I’d recommend the comic because it is a big event and it is a decent read and it has some stunning art.
Thanks for reading.