Event Leviathan #1 Review

June 20, 2019
Louie Fecou 0
Comic Reviews, Comics
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Summary

Event Leviathan #1 is dull, bland and overwritten. There is no great hook and the last page reveal means nothing. The horse has fallen at the first fence.

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Summary

Event Leviathan #1 is dull, bland and overwritten. There is no great hook and the last page reveal means nothing. The horse has fallen at the first fence.

So the summer DC event hit the stands with Event Leviathan #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, and apparently the story has been cooking in the pages of other DC books, before arriving here in a 6-issue mystery series.

The story starts with a meeting between Lois Lane and Batman who have both broken into the A.R.G.U.S building looking for clues about the mysterious Leviathan that has been wreaking havoc through various DC Universe institutions.

Now I’m on page 2 of this book and I am faced with the first word balloon from the Batman and he says, and I quote, “Did he who gave you that Kryptonian weapon drop you here?” Now is it me, or does that whole sentence just seem odd and clumsy? I had to read it out loud for it to make sense. It just seems so unnatural and stilted, and I know Batman can be a little intense, but this first line of dialogue just tore me from the opening scene and made me suddenly aware that these words have been written by a writer with an incredible body of work behind him, that should know more about the way these characters would communicate. After that first awkward exchange, my focus was constantly on the dialogue, and in this book, that is a huge mistake to make, as there’s so much dialogue to wade through, yet very little story.

With Event Leviathan #1, the horse has fallen at the first fence.

The initial scene with Bats and Lois continues, for 7 pages, in a book that has 23 pages, till they discover Steve Trevor, who leads us into a flashback before we return to another 7 pages of out of character writing in exactly the same setting as the first 7. Artist Alex Maleev must have been tearing his hair out as he tried to find ways to make these pages interesting. Luckily Maleev is a master of his craft and has worked so closely with Bendis on other wordy single setting comics that he has got that style down to a tee, but even so, the muted color palette used makes all 14 pages of Bendis exposition just boring and dull.

Event Leviathan #1 is the first issue of a 6-issue series, but I would argue that any casual reader that has wandered into their LCS and picked up issue one of what looks like an exciting mystery thriller starring Batman would be left scratching their heads and regretting the decision.

Event Leviathan #1 is dull, bland and overwritten. There is no great hook and the last page reveal means nothing. The characters don’t sound real as the rhythms are all off, and as you read the words you start to realize that there is no distinction between who is saying what. Batman sounds like Steve, who sounds like Lois, who sounds like Green Arrow; it’s all the same, just words telling us what we need to know.

As the gang get together and decide a team of detectives is required to figure out exactly who or what Leviathan is, I was already thinking about other comics I was still to read.

Perhaps I was slightly confused as I hadn’t read the build-up to this series in other books, or maybe the clunky overfilled word balloons had irked me early in the process, but really this slow-burning and murky first issue did nothing to reel me in, and after the incredible disappointment of Heroes In Crisis, I’m not sure I am ready to invest in another 6 issues of DC heroes engaging in cutesy banter, while not much really happens.

Oh and another thing, every time they mentioned A.R.G.U.S,  I kept thinking they were talking about ARGOS.

At least that made me smile.