Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Action Comics #1011 Review

What Happens Tomorrow?

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Steve Epting, Brad Anderson, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: May 22, 2019

Who is Leviathan?  That's the question that our Man of Steel is asking, along with all of us playing at home and it's time to get back into that mystery as we head back into Leviathan Rising.   Previously, we saw Superman and Lois go undercover as their Spyral agent disguises........ which is apparently a thing and with that........ we didn't really get anywhere except for a face to face with Tiger of Spyral before all hell broke loose.  While the disguise of Chaz and Andi didn't seem to really accomplish much, we'll jump into this issue and see what Tiger knows about what's going on.  Let's check it out.

First off for this issue we learn from Talia's disguise of Kate Spencer when she attacked Director Bones has put the real Kate Spencer in the line of fire from all authorities, but really, I just want to know when Kate moved from Seattle to Metropolis and where the hell her son went to.  Besides that though some fans will just be happy to see Manhunter back out and about.

I'd like to say that there's a lot going on in this issue, but really, there's a lot of location changes and people talking about the same things that make it seem big, while not really doing much to progress our story overall.  The biggest thing that happens in this issue is that Lois gets some information that may blow the door off of all the secret organizations within the DCU, but besides that, we have Amanda Waller escape the Fortress of Solitude and a lot of people asking the same questions about who Leviathan really is....... without an answer in sight.  By the end though we did learn that when Leviathan explodes that the energy released takes things and people instead of killing them......... it apparently also takes excess hair off of Superman when he's too close to a blast.  So long Chaz.

All in all, the art is amazing in this issue and seeing all the guest stars were great, even though for this issue them showing up doesn't mean much.  While this idea of Leviathan and taking out all organizations within the DCU is compelling, the padded out way that it's being told right now kind of takes my hype factor down and how big the scope of this seems..... that's disappointing.  There's a bunch of forced things in this issue to get where Brian Michael Bendis needs to go, but they're not too glaring and there's enough Superman being "Super" in this for fans in my mind to find something to enjoy.  It's just not the home run that I was looking for by this point in the story.

Bits and Pieces:

While the art remains one of the highlights of this series for me, the story is presented in a way that makes you want to think it's really big, while not really doing much to progress what our heroes are doing and for the most part, we're really not all that further along than where were left off last issue besides for Lois having a new story to write.  There's some fun to be had, but not enough story to really keep me as hyped as I want to be.


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