Sunday, October 13, 2019

Event Leviathan #5 (of 6)

   This (literal) Event book is building to a powerful conclusion.

   Writer Brian Michael Bendis knows how to keep his readers on edge, and he's been playing us throughout, using traditional mystery tropes and a lot of terrific characters.

   So this series gives us several mysteries: who is Leviathan? What is his (or her) plan? Why has she (or he) apparently destroyed all the secret organizations in the DC Universe, only to replace it with a bigger one? What is the source of his (or her) power? 

   Using false leads, some fancy footwork and a clever story, we (the readers) have been kept delightfully off balance as the story builds to a massive conclusion.

   There's a great cast of characters along for the ride, including DC's top detectives (I still don't know when Plastic Man became a detective, but I'm happy to see the apparently-no-longer-dead Elongated Man included in this series, along with several other criminally-underutilized characters.

   (And by the way, if the Kate Spencer version of Manhunter ends up being behind this, I will not be happy - I love that character!) 

   This issue ends with the secrets about to be revealed, so we'll all suffer for the next 30 days until the final secrets are cleared up.

   In the meantime, what a terrific series! Highly recommended!

Grade: A


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