Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Action Comics #1008 Review

Waller On The Run

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: February 27, 2019

Leviathan seems like it's going to rise with us or with out us so we might as well be here so we can see it first hand.  In our previous issue we saw the Kobra Cult seemingly eradicated by some mystery energy, before this same energy was used to destroy a building that Amanda Waller was in.  Yeah, it seems that someone...... possibly Leviathan wants to see all the big wigs of the DCU out of the picture before this story can get into full gear.  Let's jump into this issue to see if Superman can get to the bottom of what's going on here and if he can stop it before this energy strikes again.  Let's check it out.

For this issue it seems that Bendis really wants to add to the mystery factor to this story, but the problem with that is..... it doesn't seem to be enough to really complete the entire issue as we spend time here to reiterate what we saw in the previous issue, while trying to have a big "wow" factor to Lois Lane's return to the Daily Planet, which comes off a bit underwhelming for what it should be.  Now, I'm all for a big story that has some major build up, but this Leviathan Rising thing seems to have completely put our previous story with the Red Cloud and the Secret Syndicate on hold so that this can become the major focus.  I'm all for the two stories coming together if that's the case, but as of right now it just kind of seems like what we were dealing with previously has been forgotten since Robinson Goode barely seems to notice Lois' return to the paper, which she seemed pretty interested in before.  

With this story too, we have the idea that major organizations and people have been targeted by what I have to assume is Leviathan, but to get that we have previous events in Supergirl ignored to get Mister Bones and the DEO in the story and I have to wonder how many times in this continuity does Mister Bones have to get kicked out of the DEO before just being in charge again out of nowhere.  It's nothing that's really big, but it does get annoying at times.  Overall though, there isn't much to this issue besides for Amanda Waller trying to get away from her attacker, while never spelling out who pushed her out of the window of the building in the previous issue and whether or not that was an attack or a way to save her since the building she would have been in was immediately destroyed.  This could be interesting in the long run, especially for how Sam Lane is used in this issue and how ramifications of what happen here affect our hero going forward, but this was a bit of a lack luster installment to this story where nothing new was really learned.

All in all, I really enjoyed the art in this issue and look forward to where this story takes us and if it will tie back into the story arc before it, but as for this chapter, I wasn't too thrilled with what we got here since there seemed to be a bunch of padding to get us to the end of the issue.  Yeah, there are some exciting points that may be bigger than I realize while writing this review, but this wasn't the issue to get me completely sold on Leviathan Rising.

Bits and Pieces:

We've got some great art here and the continued destruction of major players in the DCU, but as for an individual issue in this storyline, it left me wanting a bit and didn't seem to have enough of the mystery that Bendis wanted to push to fill out an entire issue as things we saw previously were just reiterated here.  I still look forward to this arc, but I hope that the story is as big as this initial mystery makes it appear.  


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