Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Event Leviathan #6 Review

Name Drop

Written By: Brian Michael Bendis
Art By: Alex Maleev, Josh Reed
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 13, 2019

This is it boys and girls, the one for all the marbles.  Event Leviathan #6 is here, the finale, the big mamajama, but will it all come together in the end, only time will tell.......... Okay, that's enough time..... no.  no it does not.  We've been dealing with Leviathan for about a year now if not longer and he's dipped his wick in as many comics as he could and as of right now, we really don't know shit about him.  Let's jump into this issue and see if the two different detective squads can do more than just stand around and talk or if Brian Michael Bendis has enjoyed that concept and continues it here.  Let's check it out.

Alright, with this being the finale issue to this so-called event, you'd think that we'd get some kind of conclusion to something that we've been dealing with in all the Leviathan prologues that led up to this six issue event,  All we get here is a convoluted name drop that's supposed to make off of this worthwhile because we finally know who Leviathan actually is.  If you'd been on the internet over the past two months, there's a good chance you already found out who our big bad actually is, but whether that's the case or if you're just reading this issue to find out, there's no real reason behind it and it doesn't lead to any kind of excitement.  

That's the worst because I don't want to spoil the only thing that this issue has so I won't reveal the name in this review, but I will tell you that every other character in this issue is exactly the way they've been depicted thus far, which let's you know that nobody sounds the way they're supposed to and instead of having a story that flows normally the way that we've been reading, we're now at the end, where Lois Lane is writing her story on the reveal and we have to work backwards, which means that nothing really has to be shown or explained, we just have Superman telling us what happened.  I'd like to say that this is a real disappointment, but from everything we've been getting up to this point, there's no way that I was excited for anything to come from this and ultimately, with the name drop reveal, this issue doesn't end things, it only starts the next Leviathan bit that I already don't care about.

All in all, I'm still not a fan of Alex Maleev's art in this issue and think that Brian Michael Bendis really needs to spend some time researching these characters because he obviously doesn't know anything about them and continuously says things that seem out of character or that are just plain wrong.  Nothing is resolved here and like the previous issues, we continue to have characters standing around and talking, but here we also have them standing around and talking in sign language.  It's also weird too because for a writer that doesn't want to seem to do any research into the things he's writing he's going to be really dependent on readers doing research on who Leviathan actually is because the majority of people who have come into comics in the last ten.. maybe twenty years will have no idea who our big bad is here and that's just ridiculous.

Bits and Pieces:

The end?  No, just a stopgap for whatever Leviathan is up to next.  The only thing that is resolved in this issue is finding out who Leviathan really is and I can't think that there's anyone out there that would be excited about this reveal.  I wasn't a fan of the art, the characters don't feel like themselves and nothing really happens in this issue to make you feel like you were actually a part of a so-called "Mystery Thriller".  Just a non-ending to an event that was boring from the start.


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