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Event Leviathan

(Event Leviathan #1-6)

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  410 ratings  ·  86 reviews
The groundbreaking creative team of bestselling author Brian Michael Bendis and artist Alex Maleev reunite for a mystery thriller that will bring the DC Universe to its knees! The world's greatest detectives race to solve the mystery of Leviathan only to discover that this time, they're already too late. Leviathan is in control.

With startling ease, a newly dangerous and ag
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published March 31st 2020 by DC Comics
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Sean Gibson
Apr 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I was going to write something clever here, but then my brain reminded me that I’d used up my allotment for the week when, during a presentation to 450 colleagues today, I referred to those halcyon days when "social distancing was just something that happened to me at middle school dances.”

So, I’ll just say that the art is nice, the premise is interesting, but the execution is a bit lackluster, and two days after I read it, I couldn’t even remember who Leviathan was because, even to someone with
Sam Quixote
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was ok
Kobra, Task Force X, ARGUS, the DEO, Spyral - all the spy agencies of the world get ‘sploded by Leviathan. Except it weren’t Talia al Ghul ‘cos she’s been usurped by a mysterious someone. Who is the new head of Leviathan and what do they want? Find out in: Event Leviapants!

I’ve read enough of Bendis’ DC stuff at this point not to have high expectations for any of it and, yeah, unfortunately Event Leviathan is another boring Bendis book. I think after this many strikeouts DC needs to send him ba
Apr 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
This was Bendis's attempt at Secret War for DC. All of DC's spy agencies are destroyed by Leviathan and DC's greatest investigators go on the trail to find out what happened. While not completely necessary, Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 2: Leviathan Rising is the lead-in for this book. The spy agencies actually get taken down there and Event Leviathan is the aftermath. Turning this into a crime procedural certainly plays to Bendis's strengths. Although as with a lot of Bendis's books, it's not s ...more
Apr 02, 2020 rated it liked it
An ok book, but with the cast I was expecting a lot more. I liked the artwork I went really well with the mood of the book, but the story was for me a bit ambitious and did not deliver.

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 d
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dc, comics
Welp. As an event comic, Event Leviathan was kinda mediocre. Sure, it had some fun moments here and there, but overall I wouldn't say it was particularly exciting — I never really cared who Leviathan was and what he was doing, there wasn't really any sense of threat or urgency throughout the entire thing, and in the end, when the whole scheme (and the villain identity) was revealed, it felt more like "eh" instead of author-intended "whoa". The biggest strengths of the book itself were definitely ...more
May 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
I could write something nice about the art or the concept of this collection, but the simple fact is this is a dull, confusing and forgettable story. By the time the big villain reveal came around I didn’t care one iota. Have to confess that I’ve pretty much written Brian Michael Bendis off; everything this guy has done lately is near unreadable in my opinion.
James DeSantis
Apr 16, 2020 rated it liked it
This was okay.

I waited a long time for this because I figured this was a Superman event since both his current books state "follow the events of Leviathan to know what happens" but Superman is kind of just a plot point. This is really a Batman book, with Lois Lane and Green arrow as the main support cast. Saying that, the start is actually pretty good. We have this mysterious Leviathan character murdering and kidnapping main players, people who have been keeping secrets from the world, and forc
Rod Brown
May 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Took me a bit to warm up to this with the really stupid and irrelevant Jimmy Olsen in Gorilla City story kicking things off. And the early chapters seemed to be unnecessarily vague and written to make events seem more mysterious than they were. After all the filler, the end of the story actually gained momentum as it got more and more fanboy oriented, dredging up a pretty obscure series from the 1980s that will probably leave casual readers going "Huh?" when it comes to the finale.

While I can go
Nov 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: digital
I mean, the arts nice...
Nov 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Bendis's first DC event is a big ol’ misfire. It's a story that has been building in his Action Comics run since the beginning. It promises a focus on more street-level action and more detective work and espionage featuring the best detectives in the DC universe as they try to figure out who Leviathan is and why the group has infiltrated every spy organization. So we get to see Batman, Lois Lane, Green Arrow, Robin, Plastic Man, and The Question all work together.

But ultimately, it's a total cho
Shannon Appelcline
Apr 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
Bendis' first big DC event is all around a strange beast.

It starts off with a superb Superman comic, and then both sets many of its characters aside and takes Superman off-screen for a couple of issues.

It feels like there should be sub-stories, but as far as I know almost everything is here.

It offers itself up as a mystery, but seems to be mainly about arbitrary red herrings that get knocked down because of the plot requirements.

It makes itself very relevant to the modern day DC universe, but it
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Meh. That would basically sum it up.
A mediocre event at best, it got a lot of attention and delivered an extremely underwhelming ending.
I don’t get what’s with these stories that get stretched so thin that just feel like a lost breeze in the end. No substance, no emotion, just a whimpering end full of nothing. And of course, it doesn’t end here. It continues back in Action Comics, where everything started, and where nothing happened, btw.
Bendis wants to fill too many pages of the DC Universe but
Chris Lemmerman
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Event Leviathan
When all of the world's intelligence agencies are attacked at once, it's up to a select group of DC's detectives to investigate and discover the truth behind the mystery of Leviathan.

Given that this has been seeded in most of Bendis' Superman books since he took over and I've not read them all, this is actually fairly accessible. The premise is straightforward enough to jump into, and the hook keeps you going throughout the entire six issue story.

When Bendis is good, Bendis is rea
Please. We’re rid of King. Can someone please fire Bendis now? It’s all I wanted for Christmas!
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it

I had been putting this book off due to the reviews on here but I must admit it's actually good. Bendis is one of those writers who needs the collected volume to do his storylines service. I've found that reading single issues aren't ideal for his style and Event Leviathan is no different. The book is a long who is Leviathan conspiracy and the momentum of the storyline keeps this ticking over. I'll circle back around and mention the reviews on here. I've started using Comicbook Round Up as my f
Kris Ritchie
2.5 rounded down. This just felt really lackluster and like Bendis was spinning his wheels for all six issues.
Emmett Spain
Apr 18, 2020 rated it liked it
A passable event that ended up being quite dull in parts, with a lot of promise going unfulfilled, and a handful of red herrings being so obviously implausible that they added no tension to the story. I was entirely unsurprised when they were “revealed” to be red herrings 100 pages later, and I don’t think any regular DC reader would be tricked by.

Also, the grand reveal of Leviathan’s identity was a bit of a nothing. I have a pretty deep knowledge of the DC universe and this one left me scratchi
Dec 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Basic Plot: Leviathan has destroyed the world's intelligence and espionage organizations, and the world's greatest detectives seek to uncover Leviathan's identity and plans.

Super jumpy. Art was iffy. I'm sure I missed a lot by not reading the connected titles while reading this mini series. It just didn't come together for me. I loved the concept and some of the character moments, but it was not a terribly good special event comic.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it liked it
I read the first issue and didnt like it. So waited for the trade. Glad I waited. The reveal of Leviathan wasnt that great. Was expecting more. Maybe there was some previous books about them but ive only been reading comics for 2-3 years so i havent come across any
Matty Dub
Aug 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
This 1 star is really half a star because the very most this book deserves is a 1/10.

On a panel by panel view, some illustrations can look pretty. Overall though from a graphic storytelling standpoint, Maleev’s art is stiff, rigid, it doesn’t move, no flow at all. This is what happens when artists rely too much on references, they are not real comic artist. They can’t do their share of the story telling. The art doesn’t guide your eyes, it doesn’t tell you what’s going on half the time which mea
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good event, but it had some flaws. A couple of things made me postpone the reading: I was tired of big-superpowered-hyperdark-edgy villains from the edge of existence (you know, Barbatos-like), and I didn't feel like reading tons of material before this event.

As for this second problem, I simply avoided it by jumping directly into the volume that contains the main six issues and a couple of preludes ("DC's Year of the Villain Special #1" and "Superman: Leviathan Rising #1"). To my surprise, I wa
Dakota Morgan
Mar 02, 2021 rated it liked it
Event Leviathan is the epitome of Brian Michael Bendis writing: characters have a witty, intense conversation about important events happening elsewhere. Over the course of the book, Leviathan is revealed, so don't worry about that. But he's not actually revealed, as in the characters make a dramatic discovery about his identity and then go battle. Instead, they just...discuss.

Bendis writes great dialogue, so Event Leviathan isn't an entirely bad book. It's just rather dull and convoluted. Essen
Quentin Wallace
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Between this and Heroes In Crisis, this was not a great weekend of DC reading for me. These "events" just aren't living up to the hype, even less so than in the past.

So we spend the entire series waiting for the big reveal of Leviathan and it's...someone almost nobody remembers. I have a decent knowledge of the DCU, at least that of the average comic fan, and this was just lost on me. This character just takes out every intelligence organization in the DCU with a snap of his fingers, and then th
Adam Fisher
May 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Two Volumes of Action Comics, multiple books linking to it, and the normally amazing powerhouse writer that is Brian Michael Bendis, and you should have a great crossover book. BUT.... when you give the book mediocre to low grade art, a plot that seemed really far fetched to begin with, AND the reveal that the whole thing was a MANHUNTER??! Come on DC! Manhunters were replaced by the GLC. Is the only reason this event got dragged out as far as it did is because Hal, Guy, John,
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Lois and her team of detectives investigates to find out who the new Leviathan is.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
There are some who are likely to complain about this series being a slow burn. Yes, it starts off with a literal bang as all the various DC Universe intelligence agencies get taken out at the same time. What comes afterwards is Lois Lane building a team of investigators to find out who is Leviathan.

A reader should keep in mind, that in my opinion, Bendis is a crime/police procedural writer at heart (see Jinx and Powers). And, that is how this story is constructed. Investigators slowly putting th
May 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
BM Bendis has cruelly shown to the world of comics through this piece of trash that the only reason he was brought into DC Comics was to create a large quantity of comics and comic series with little to no content. He is the avatar of the phrase “Quantity Over Quality.” This mini series has left me with such a bad taste in my mouth that I have sworn off reading any comic that he has written in the past few years.
Nov 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
The story was lethargic, repetitive, the detectives were playing out of character, actions made no sense, and in the end it was just a set up to a sequel that I am not interested in
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
There was no mystery. There was nothing. Just beautiful art from Alex Maleev. Rest was emptiness.
Douglas Hancock
A horribly written series with some of the ugliest artwork I've seen in a long while. Bendis is determined to make Leviathan the next big evil organization but I find them boring. ...more
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A comic book writer and erstwhile artist. He has won critical acclaim (including five Eisner Awards) and is one of the most successful writers working in mainstream comics. For over eight years Bendis’s books have consistently sat in the top five best sellers on the nationwide comic and graphic novel sales charts.

Though he started as a writer and artist of independent noir fiction series, he shot

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