Updated: Jan 24
ACTION COMICS #1011
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Artist: Steve Epting
Colorist: Brad Anderson
Publisher: DC Comics
This is it, the conclusion to "Leviathan Rising" is here. Bendis cleverly ties up all the loose threads as we head into DC's next event, EVENT LEVIATHAN. This has been my favorite Superman arc since Bendis took over the Superman line of books. I've loved the spy aspect of this story not to mention, I'm a huge Steve Epting fan. This arc has expertly dismantled all of the secret organizations in the DCU and left the espionage world in shambles.
We begin the issue with Kate Spencer being bombarded by Maggie Sawyer and fellow Metropolis officers as they try to arrest her. It's here that we finally get to see the fan favorite character don her Manhunter costume as she makes her escape. This was such a welcome surprise, even though we all know she's a big part of EVENT LEVIATHAN, I couldn't help but smile as I saw her in the Manhunter costume once again. It's so great to see Bendis using these underutilized characters and bringing them back to the forefront of the DCU. Not to mention that she's the perfect character for him to write.
When we return to Superman, he finds Lois and she tells him what happened to her after the explosion happened at the end of the last issue. Tiger helped her escape and then gave her all the secrets of Spyral. He told her that Spyral knew about Leviathan and yet did nothing. Het tells Lois to tell the world about Spyral, but Perry White won't break the story without a second source. With her second source, Tiger, seemingly destroyed who knows how she will get this story to the world.
One of the more mysterious scenes of the book, is a shadowy figure meeting up with the Golden Age Guardian in the hospital, Why this scene takes place, or what the importance of it was, is a mystery. Bendis is clearly setting up his chess board in getting all the characters where they need to be, heading in next month's event.
When Clark and Lois head back to the Fortress of Solitude, they learn that Amanda Waller has escaped after Jimmy accused her of being Leviathan. With no idea who Leviathan can be, this is shaping up to be one of the greatest mystery stories the DCU has ever seen.
This arc has been nothing short of amazing. Bendis has crafted one of the greatest Superman stories I've ever read, but it wouldn't be what it is without Steve Epting. Epting helped elevate this story in a way that no other artist could have done. He does his best work in the shadows and was the perfect choice for this espionage story. He expertly helped build the tension and action throughout this entire arc. Not to mention the amazing coloring skills of Brad Anderson, who has quickly become one of my favorite colorists.
With the release of SUPERMAN: LEVIATHAN RISING special next week followed by EVENT LEVIATHAN the following week, at least we don't have to wait long to see where this story goes. If you've read this story, you definitely don't want to miss what comes next.