Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Event Leviathan #4 Review

Maybe More Detectives Will Mean More Answers

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: September 11, 2019

The "Mystery Thriller" is upon us once again and now that we're beyond the halfway point maybe we'll start seeing some answers to not only who Leviathan really is, but what they want as well...... you know, besides just destroying the agencies in the DCU and offering people things.... I don't know what's going on with this book.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the Detective Squad can find anymore clues to help this poor reader out.  Let's check it out.

For this issue of Event Leviathan we switch over from the Fortress of Solitude to the Batcave...... for just another forced reason, but ultimately we don't get anymore answers out of this issue that we didn't already know leading up to this.  Yeah, there's a cliffhanger to this issue that may get people excited because it's bringing more "detectives" into the mystery that is Leviathan, but like the squad we already have, this new team seems just as random and didn't do anything for me.

Besides for the new group that we get at the end, we do have Brian Michael Bendis trying to make Manhunter make sense here since originally she didn't work for what came before in the Green Arrow series, but like most things in this event, that too felt forced.  Speaking of forced, we do have Batgirl call into the Batcave talking about what she's been doing ever since she went missing, yet somehow people know that she was offered things even though she..... you know, been missing.  It's weird, but ultimately we only have this switch from the Fortress for the Batcave so we can have this scene and it does nothing really for the story......... gosh...... I really need something from this event to start getting me excited.

All in all, we have some new characters show up in this issue, but with no context..... so for their appearance here it really does nothing for this issue and we continue to have our main players standing around and talking about things that don't really matter to anything that's been going on.... Superman talks about that transporting energy again, the characters reiterate Leviathan's plan to make people look suspect, like Steve Trevor, Manhunter and Red Hood and Lois goes and sees some new characters to this story that may be able to get to the bottom of this better than the ones we already have....... I'm just looking for something out of this event to grab me or wow me and that just hasn't happened yet and the muddy depictions of characters standing around talking with dialog that feels off isn't doing for me either.  Hopefully the last two issues to this story can get the hype factor up because at this point Leviathan feels beyond stale.

Bits and Pieces:

While I wait patiently for something in this event to wow me, there's nothing that this issue brings that even remotely makes me feel like that's going to happen.  There's more of the same here, which means no real answers, characters standing around and talking about nothing that really matters, with art that just doesn't do it for me with its dark and muddy style.  Hopefully this cliffhanger can lend itself to something satisfying coming up, but right now there's nothing about this book that excites me.



  1. It is so boring and I just don't care anymore. No doubt the big reveal will be some obscure character we all forgot about.

  2. My question is where does the miniseries fit continuity-wise with regard to Action Comics the most recent issue in particular? For that matter where does Action fit continuity-wise with regard to Superman? I'd have thought the continuity would be tighter considering all these series are being written by one person.