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Superman: Action Comics Vol. 3: Leviathan Hunt

(Action Comics (2016) (Collected Editions) #8)

3.14  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  29 reviews
While Superman responds to the global chaos caused by Leviathan, Metropolis faces a local menace: the invisible mafia and its metahuman enforcer, the Red Cloud. Plus, Lex Luthor returns to Metropolis offering villains greater power.

With enemies on all sides, Superman needs the help of new superhero Naomi! Event Leviathan meets “Year of the Villain” in these stories from Ac
Published November 17th 2020 (first published April 14th 2020)
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May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, hoopla
Just like Bendis used to do over at Marvel, his main books take a bit of a back seat during his big events, becoming companion pieces. So I suggest reading Event: Leviathan before tackling this. I like the renewed focus on the Invisible Mafia. I think they are Bendis's best addition to the Superman books. This book is a bit herky-jerky with Event: Leviathan, Year of the Villain and Naomi: Season One all taking bites of the Superman apple. But Bendis's attention to snappy dialog keeps this train ...more
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Creator Brian Michael Bendis is far from done infusing his own surge of creativity into the DC universe. Ever since his debut with DC after jumping ships and letting go of Marvel, he has now implemented key characters, worlds, and stories, that all allow the DC universe to embark on a revitalizing new adventure filled with possibilities but also to escape inevitable status quo that is often noted by readers. With his Event Leviathan now unveiled
James DeSantis
I felt this volume was a bit weaker than the past two.

I loved the stuff with Niomi and Batman/Superman and so on. All fun. I also enjoy all the cute moments with Lois and Superman. The Levithan storyline bleeds into here and it's presented a bit confusing and that's coming from someone who read the event. I also think the main threat isn't all that scary or interesting. Saying that the art is still fantastic and I enjoy the voice Bendis has for Superman. A 3.5 out of 5.
Shannon Appelcline
May 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-dc, comics
A Superman comic without Superman? That's sort of the premise of Bendis' Action Comics and he really does marvelous things with it, not only giving lots of attention to the normally supporting cast but also taking a really human look at Superman.

The Invisible Mafia are the star of this volume, and Bendis nicely advances their storyline, moving the major characters around and having them increasingly interacting with our stars. One of the missteps, however, is to tantalize us with the origin of t
Rod Brown
This volume was a little frustrating as it seems set during the same time that Event Leviathan was playing out, so having read that already this was a bit redundant and outdated and had the treading water feel. Also, the last bit is just a nothing burger episode that serves only to promote Bendis' Naomi title by introducing her to Superman and Batman. Might as well have thrown some Hostess Fruit Pies in there too.

Hopefully, something actually happens in the next volume.

Despite being unimpressed
The first half of this volume is a weak tie-in story to Event Leviathan. Like that event, the story here is vague, bland, and feeble, with terrible plotting, featuring something involving new Superman villains like the Red Cloud and the newly rebooted Rose and Thorn and their ties to the Invisible Mafia and the battle with Leviathan over the control of Metropolis. The best thing about all of this is the fascinating Marisol Leone, who secretly controls the Metropolis underworld and her connection ...more
Adam Fisher
Having already read "Event Leviathan", this seemed pretty straightforward to me, almost like a backstory I didn't need. The only add on to this Volume was the introduction of Naomi, a new superhero coming into the DC fold from Wonder Comics. I might pick up her first Volume and see what I can learn about her.
Overall, it seemed pretty standard, not particularly standoutish in much of a way, but wasn't bad.
Recommend, for completionists.
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Collects Action Comics #1012-1016

The first three issues in this collection, focusing on the Invisible Mafia, were pretty good, but the final two issues, featuring Naomi, were great. I really like the new character of Naomi, and am glad that Bendis had a chance to create her at DC.

In some ways, the last two issues in this collection are a direct sequel to the first collection of the "Naomi" series. The first volume of "Naomi" is a must-read before reading this "Action Comics" collection.
Chris Lemmerman
Bendis...what are you doing?

This volume starts very strong, with the mysteries of Leviathan, Year Of The Villain, and the Invisible Mafia colliding quite nicely. There's a lot of set-up and tantalizing answers held out for us to take, and Lex Luthor literally says he'll tell us what the Red Cloud's deal is.

And then the story forgets what it's doing in order to completely sidetrack into Naomi stuff instead.

Now, I love Naomi. Her origin mini-series was superb. But that's the point. She had an ori
Dakota Morgan
Leviathan Hunt contains Event Leviathan-, Year of the Villain-, and Naomi-adjacent action, with very little of its own story to tell. Leone, head of the Invisible Mafia, makes some moves as her red cloud counterpart is super-powered by Sith Lord Lex. And Thorn, a random Jekyl/Hyde anti-hero, roams into the picture with little to do.

Besides that, it's all other Bendis storylines being shoe-horned into one short volume. That means the dialogue is thick and overly clever as characters explain what'
Christian Zamora-Dahmen
Have you heard about fill-in issues? Well, this was a fill-in set. 5 issues of nothing, and then Naomi. We’re in some serious trouble when the funniest part of the story is that Batman shows up. Really.
Other than that, Metropolis is now Gotham City, and the tone of the book is that of Detective Comics. How Bendis got green-lighted on this is anyone’s guess.
Highly not recommended.
Read in single issues.
Rolando Marono
Dec 01, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
El súper plan de Bendis para Superman cada vez parece menos súper. En este volumen no sucede realmente nada importante, el tema del enfrentamiento entre Clark y Lois con Leone aparece en el tomo de Superman. El tema con thorn se me hizo innecesario al final y un relleno y la nube roja era un villano interesante pero no se terminó de explotar aquí.
Lo interesante de este tomo fue la aparición de Naomi y cómo Superman y la Liga la ayudan, pero fue una especie de capricho porque en realidad Bendis q
John Yelverton
The story really gets hijacked by DC trying to introduce this "Naomi" character and make her out to be stronger than Superman. This was also the absolute worst drawing of Lois Lane that I have ever seen. Lois has never been Wonder Woman, but the artist made her look like Etta Candy. ...more
Emmett Spain
After the underwhelming Event Leviathan we come to the even more underwhelming Leviathan Hunt, which centres around a dual identity character (Rose / Thorn) and the rather dull Red Cloud character, who is a Red Cloud is someone who can beat up Superman because the author created the character and said that is a thing and we all need to be impressed by that. Oh, and there's some Superman stuff in there, too, but just enough that you can still call it a Superman title. Better to put more energy in ...more
Ronan The Librarian
Not as good as the first 2 installments, but still has some moments. This felt like it was spinning its wheels, what with the Leviathan nonsense (I read/reviewed Event Leviathan before this and spoiler: wasn’t a fan) and the Invisible Mafia stuff progressing somewhat, but not enough. I do like Bendis’ more casual voice for Superman, and his Clark/Lois dynamic. I like Naomi and she pops up too. The thing about all his characters sounding the same happens a bit here, but not too distracting for th ...more
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Basic plot: Superman hunts Leviathan while the Red Cloud hunts him.

There was a lot going on here, and it was a bit hard to keep up with at times. The art reflected the chaos often, keeping the visuals in line with the action. This kept the feeling of the book together, but didn't really help sort out the chaos. It felt intentional, so that's positive. This is a book setting up for whatever comes next. We have new characters being introduced (Naomi), already-introduced characters developing (Rose
Tarara Jay
Jun 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dc-comics
I added a whole star for the last issue; I really loved seeing that "mentor" side of Superman. I enjoyed the last issue quite a bit. As a whole, this volume was just "fine". Bendis' writing, esp the dialogue, continues to be hit or miss for me and I just can't seem to really get into this Leviathan arc. I do plan to read the next volume. ...more
Adam Graham
Apr 02, 2021 rated it liked it
A bit of a mixed review on this one.

Not a whole lot hapepns here to move the ongoing plots forward for Superman. We get some interesting character insights with Red Cloud and Marisol Leone continues to promises a lot of mystery and make some public moves. And Naomi shows up and is more interesting than in her own book.

The big problem is that Naomi kind of takes over this book and becomes a bit of a Mary Sue and has an outsized role in dealing with a threat Superman's had in the background for t
Bendis’ writing is still solid, but with Red Cloud, the Invisible Mafia, Leviathan and whatever is going on at STAR Labs, there’s a lot of build-up waiting for a payoff. Nothing gets resolved here. Very much the middle of a story.

The guest appearance by Naomi and side trip to the Hall of Justice was fun.
Emanuel Lopes
Feb 26, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: superman
Volume razoável.

As partes intercalando com o evento Leviathan são interessantes e agragam muito a ele, porém é a partir da estreia da Naomi que o volume começa a melhorar.

Boas edições antes de tudo desandar.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's no real big arc here, which I am actually okay with. I can take small, incremental changes in plot; we don't need to have universe-threatening baddies show up every other issue. I enjoy the characters, old or new, so I'll happily keep reading. ...more
Kirilov Katsura
El entretenimiento de siempre, solo que no sentí que ocurriese nada relevante: la primera mitad son issues relativos a Leviathan y la segunda mitad a Naomi. Lentamente, 'La Mafia Invisible' sigue su curso... ...more
David Rubio
Aug 21, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No es muy bueno pero los 2 últimos números von Naomi, Batman y Superman son geniales. Bendis tiene super bien cogidos a los personajes y espero mucho de Naomi
May 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Who's hunting whom? ...more
Jan 08, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Przeraźliwie nudne i okropnie napisane.
Alek Hill
All I can say is that Bendis's story went from this

to this

The mystery of the Invisible Mafia was completely ruined and the story has just fallen apart.
Joshua Lawson
Sort of a pivot point between the main Action series and the events of Naomi, Legion of Superheroes and Event Leviathan, all three of which I like. But this does feel more like appendices than a single complete story or chapter. Very cool to see Szymon Kudranski take on Superman after becoming familiar with his work on the decidedly different Punisher.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This could very well be the worst art I've ever seen in a Bendis book.
And the story isn't much better, to be honest. I'm giving this series another chance with the next storyarc and then I'm off.
Frank Wright
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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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