Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Event Leviathan #5 Review



Accusations and Frustrations 


Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: October 9, 2019

It's time to get back to the mysterious and thrilling event that is Leviathan, where hopefully we'll get some answers to not only who the big bad of our story really, but what they want as well....... you know, besides for just getting rid of spy organizations.  Previously, we saw our detective squad standing around, where they briefly talked to Batgirl, wherever she maybe now that she's somehow earned the trust of Leviathan and finally we had Lois Lane take off so that she could go meet up with another group of detectives.......... where they'll stand around and talk for most of the issue.  Let's check out this thrill ride.

So we have Lois Lane go to meet Elongated Man, Zatanna, Constantine, Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, and Deathstroke...you know...detectives, where the dialog continues to be forced and awkward at times, but the point of the conversation goes to them thinking that Sam Lane is Leviathan and just like the other suspects, there's not much evidence to point that way, it just does.


Now I don't want to get all spoiler-y here, but our story does take us to a confrontation between a powerless Superman and Leviathan, where nothing is really explored...and where Plastic Man is just passed out for some reason, but the big point of the story is that our original detective squad do come to a realization about who Leviathan is...and it's fucking out of nowhere and makes no sense to anything that we've dealt with and then somehow it is interrupted by Talia al Ghul, who should have been locked up after the Superman: Leviathan Rising Special.  Goddamn it.  When this series isn't boring as hell, it's just shouting things out of nowhere that funny enough usually end up going nowhere until they have to and by the end of this issue it seems like the shouting is something that should now be paid attention to because we only have one issue left.  Just a fucking mess.


All in all, we cover some ground this issue between all the characters that are in this series, who really serve no point at all and by cover some ground I mean that characters go to different places...they just don't happen to say anything that's really important along the way.  This mystery thriller just feels so forced and Brian Michael Bendis doesn't seem to know anything about the characters he put into this story and it doesn't help that his dialog just doesn't work in creating a dynamic scene between anyone in this series...or any series really.  I'm still not a fan of the art to the point that I just stared at the page at times wondering what was happening or how characters got to certain places and at this point I can't wait until next month just so that this event can be over and we can move on because there's no way that the reveal of Leviathan will be worth the boredom that this story has caused.

Bits and Pieces:

Well, we've seen a group of detectives standing around and talking throughout this series, getting nowhere in the process and now it's time to see another group of detectives do the same..... that is until the final few pages where our heroes get a forced idea out of nowhere of who Leviathan really is!  I really don't care because this event has been awful.  I'm not a fan of the art and this issue just did more of the same until it realized that there's only one issue left and had to do something by the end.

3/10

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is the appearance of Talia in this issue related to the appearance of Silencer? How is the interaction between Talia and Batman?

Eric Shea said...

I personally think their interaction is awful.

Nicholas Fenner said...

Is this just an intro/placeholder event for some actual story? So far by my counting, this series seemed like it might be about Leviathan actually doing something and characters responding to something, but all we've gotten is characters asking each other who is Leviathan. Real question is who cares? I don't buy event comics for parlor talk.

Jim Werner said...

Who cares is right!