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The adventures of the Man of Steel continue in North America's longest-running comic book series, headlined by fan-favorite writer Brian Michael Bendis. Clark Kent dives deeper into his role as an investigative reporter, but will he uncover something so big and so dangerous that not even Superman will survive to break the story? The terror organization Leviathan has transfo The adventures of the Man of Steel continue in North America's longest-running comic book series, headlined by fan-favorite writer Brian Michael Bendis. Clark Kent dives deeper into his role as an investigative reporter, but will he uncover something so big and so dangerous that not even Superman will survive to break the story? The terror organization Leviathan has transformed from a Batman menace to a global DC Universe threat, and Clark Kent is hot on their trail. But even Superman may be in for more than he bargained for as Leviathan undergoes a hostile takeover by a new, mysterious player. Someone has outmaneuvered the current leader, Talia al Ghul, along with the leaders of Kobra, the DEO and even the queen of the spy game, Amanda Waller herself. All bets are off as the players make themselves known in the universe-changing Leviathan event! Collects Action Comics issues #1007-1011 and the Leviathan special.


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The adventures of the Man of Steel continue in North America's longest-running comic book series, headlined by fan-favorite writer Brian Michael Bendis. Clark Kent dives deeper into his role as an investigative reporter, but will he uncover something so big and so dangerous that not even Superman will survive to break the story? The terror organization Leviathan has transfo The adventures of the Man of Steel continue in North America's longest-running comic book series, headlined by fan-favorite writer Brian Michael Bendis. Clark Kent dives deeper into his role as an investigative reporter, but will he uncover something so big and so dangerous that not even Superman will survive to break the story? The terror organization Leviathan has transformed from a Batman menace to a global DC Universe threat, and Clark Kent is hot on their trail. But even Superman may be in for more than he bargained for as Leviathan undergoes a hostile takeover by a new, mysterious player. Someone has outmaneuvered the current leader, Talia al Ghul, along with the leaders of Kobra, the DEO and even the queen of the spy game, Amanda Waller herself. All bets are off as the players make themselves known in the universe-changing Leviathan event! Collects Action Comics issues #1007-1011 and the Leviathan special.

30 review for Superman: Action Comics, Vol. 2: Leviathan Rising

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sam Quixote

    Blue explosions are taking out organisations like Kobra, the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO) and Spyral. The only clue: the word “Leviathan” - but is Talia Al Ghul’s group really behind this, and who is that mysteriously menacing shadowy figure seemingly causing all of these ‘splosions? Superman and Lois are on the case! So after reading the surprisingly decent Leviathan Rising Special last year I decided to give Bendis’ Action Comics another chance - and I’m glad I did because his se Blue explosions are taking out organisations like Kobra, the Department of Extranormal Operations (DEO) and Spyral. The only clue: the word “Leviathan” - but is Talia Al Ghul’s group really behind this, and who is that mysteriously menacing shadowy figure seemingly causing all of these ‘splosions? Superman and Lois are on the case! So after reading the surprisingly decent Leviathan Rising Special last year I decided to give Bendis’ Action Comics another chance - and I’m glad I did because his second volume of Action is thankfully better than the first (though not by much). Bendis abruptly abandons his Invisible Mafia/Red Cloud storyline from the first book (it only briefly gets a nod in the Leviathan Rising Special included at the end) in favour of this Leviathan storyline and to tie Action Comics into the separate Event Leviathan book. And I think it’s a wise choice as Leviathan is more interesting than the silly Invisible Mafia. I generally liked how Bendis continued building tension about Leviathan while simultaneously showing us what the various characters are up to. So we see Jimmy investigating Kobra, Lois returning to the Daily Planet, what Director Bones is doing at the DEO, and so on. It was nice to see Adam Strange and The Question cameo too. That said, not everything was that compelling. I’m not sure why Lois’ dad gets so much space given he’s a total flatline of a character and I don’t know about Superman and Lois’ alter-egos Chaz and Andi Donen but their jolly in London was dull. Amanda Waller is always tedious to read about and she doesn’t change that here - she’s as grim and dreary as ever. Also, the pattern of the issues is fairly repetitive: focus on the characters then close on a big blue explosion. I kept waiting for some plot developments but what little there was didn’t move things forward much. That’s the problem with books that serve other books like events - all the big stuff has to happen in the main book and the supporting titles can only ever hint at things around the edges. It’s never very satisfying for the reader. Still, there’s at least something on the villains in the Leviathan Rising special that closes out this volume along with a number of scenes with fun dialogue and Yanick Paquette’s excellent art throughout. Steve Epting’s art in the rest of the book is superb too - this book has wonderful visuals. Superman: Action Comics, Volume 2: Leviathan Rising isn’t the most gripping or memorable Superman book you’ll read but it’s got fantastic art and enough good moments here and there to never be too boring. Here’s hoping Bendis’ Action Comics run continues to improve!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chad

    Leviathan is destroying all the secret agencies in the world. There's a lot hinted at but nothing is revealed. It left me frustrated. Each issue in this arc feels like it's just the same story repeated again and again. The storytelling is kind of obtuse. This volume is something of a letdown after how much I liked the first one. Steve Epting's art is its usual gorgeous self. Leviathan is destroying all the secret agencies in the world. There's a lot hinted at but nothing is revealed. It left me frustrated. Each issue in this arc feels like it's just the same story repeated again and again. The storytelling is kind of obtuse. This volume is something of a letdown after how much I liked the first one. Steve Epting's art is its usual gorgeous self.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Artemy

    Bendis somehow keeps upping his game, and while everything he’s done at DC so far has been pretty amazing, his run on Action is the best book he’s writing right now for my money. The second volume of Action builds up towards Event Leviathan coming this summer, and I couldn’t be more pumped for it if I tried. I mean, the dude brought Matt Fraction back to superhero comics! And yes, that Jimmy Olsen book is going to be wild and awesome, judging by the short story in Leviathan Special. And that Loi Bendis somehow keeps upping his game, and while everything he’s done at DC so far has been pretty amazing, his run on Action is the best book he’s writing right now for my money. The second volume of Action builds up towards Event Leviathan coming this summer, and I couldn’t be more pumped for it if I tried. I mean, the dude brought Matt Fraction back to superhero comics! And yes, that Jimmy Olsen book is going to be wild and awesome, judging by the short story in Leviathan Special. And that Lois Lane book feels like something Greg Rucka was meant to write for years, and I absolutely can’t wait for it, too. And all of that is built around Bendis’s ridiculously good Action Comics. I can still hardly believe how good all of his comics output has become since he went DC exclusive, he’s basically responsible for all the good DC comics right now that aren’t written by Tom King. We truly live in the age of Bendissance, and I am so happy and grateful for it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James DeSantis

    Sometimes I feel I'm in my own world, because both Superman and Action comics continue to be a treat for me as a Supes fan. We drift away from the mystery red cloud villain to the uprising of Leviathan. As pointed out in the volume, this is the Talia Leviathan. This was actually the original organization made to combat other organization. However, someone who is extremely powerful is outwitting pretty much every big superhero, including the more undercover agents like Amanda Waller. Will Superma Sometimes I feel I'm in my own world, because both Superman and Action comics continue to be a treat for me as a Supes fan. We drift away from the mystery red cloud villain to the uprising of Leviathan. As pointed out in the volume, this is the Talia Leviathan. This was actually the original organization made to combat other organization. However, someone who is extremely powerful is outwitting pretty much every big superhero, including the more undercover agents like Amanda Waller. Will Superman be able to stop the rise of Leviathan, or will it be too late? More of a sneaky and fun adventure starring husband and wife, Clark and Lois try to unravel the mystery of who this Leviathan is. However, soon into the hunt we see a lot of people close to them being hunted and some even killed or taken. All of this is captivating as we root for our hero, but with all his powers, Superman seems a step behind and that keeps it exciting. The ending is a nice build up the Leviathan event and I'm intrigued who the villain really is! A 4 out of 5.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Richard

    In the beginning of both runs, Action Comics started with more promise than the Superman series but with these second volumes, the quality has switched. One of the biggest problems with this volume is the lack of engaging plotting. You can tell Bendis has a deep love for the character and lore and that’s really starting to shine in the Superman series but he can't seem to nail down a decent story with all the Leviathan stuff. He has the makings of some potentially-epic cloak-and-dagger storytell In the beginning of both runs, Action Comics started with more promise than the Superman series but with these second volumes, the quality has switched. One of the biggest problems with this volume is the lack of engaging plotting. You can tell Bendis has a deep love for the character and lore and that’s really starting to shine in the Superman series but he can't seem to nail down a decent story with all the Leviathan stuff. He has the makings of some potentially-epic cloak-and-dagger storytelling but everything's a bit too vague and weak development-wise to really be exciting. Characters are bland, like the uninteresting new villain Red Cloud and her undefinable powers, and Leviathan, whose identity I don't really care enough to be interested in. I do love all the Daily Planet and espionage stuff, like the return of Clark Kent's British alter-ego Chaz. And any comic book featuring Amanda Waller doing Amanda Waller-shit has something going for it! This volume (and all of this Action Comics run) leads directly into Event Leviathan so keep that in mind.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Rory Wilding

    Having read his Man of Steel miniseries and the first volumes of both his Superman runs, Brian Michael Bendis has proven himself triumphant with Action Comics. As the better title, it’s doing what Bendis did in his best work back at Marvel, which is blending intimate character drama and a street-based investigative thriller that cleverly balances the dual personas of Clark Kent/Superman. Now that Clark is reunited with his beloved wife, this is the closest thing Bendis gets to doing a Lois & Cla Having read his Man of Steel miniseries and the first volumes of both his Superman runs, Brian Michael Bendis has proven himself triumphant with Action Comics. As the better title, it’s doing what Bendis did in his best work back at Marvel, which is blending intimate character drama and a street-based investigative thriller that cleverly balances the dual personas of Clark Kent/Superman. Now that Clark is reunited with his beloved wife, this is the closest thing Bendis gets to doing a Lois & Clark story. Starting the second arc that is building up to Bendis’ first DC event, Jimmy Olsen has been looking into the various organisations of the DC Universe. As the likes of Amanda Waller and General Sam Lane are being targeted by the criminal organisation Leviathan, which is now under a new leadership, the husband and wife duo of Lois and Clark go on a journey of espionage to uncover the truth. Following the first volume, which was about investigating the streets of Metropolis, Bendis ups the stakes by going full-blown spy mode in the DC Universe with Lois, Clark and even Jimmy Olsen at the spotlight. Whilst Olsen works well as the comedic third wheel, Bendis nails the banter between Clark and Lois, which although is romantic, they are still butting heads; Lois in particular is more headstrong and is willing to put herself in danger to reach her goals. Seeing Lois and Jimmy function on their own, it makes me excited to read what Greg Rucka and Matt Fraction does with those characters’ respected solo titles. As Bendis is better at writing down-to-earth stories as oppose the cosmic storytelling as proven with his history at Marvel, he certainly ups his game with many characters that are part of DC’s espionage world, such as Mister Bones who is now the director of the Department of Extranormal Operations. With other heroes thrown into the mix as the Question and Kate Spencer/Manhunter, Bendis is prepping them for Event Leviathan, as well as the masked presence of Leviathan himself. As this Superman story involves a great deal of journalism and espionage, it would make sense to get Steve Epting to illustrate, based on his excellent work on the Image title Velvet. With an emphasis on dark shadows and blues – thanks to Brad Anderson’s colouring – Epting provides his distinct visuals that are perfect for the spy thriller, and meshing it with the OTT spectacle you get from a DC superhero comic, such as the Man of Steel gloriously flying through the high buildings and a few appearances of the new Fortress of Solitude that takes place in the Bermuda Triangle. Although there is a change of artist when we get to Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1, Yanick Paquette continues to have the most dazzling artwork in recent DC history as he likes to do disorienting panel layouts to showcase Superman’s life-threatening issue with Kryptonite. Whilst setting up his first event at DC, Bendis is also setting up the continuation of the Invisible Mafia from the first volume. Although I’m interested to see what he does with Event Leviathan, Bendis works best when he focuses the down-to-earth shenanigans involving the central husband and wife, with a touch of Superman’s Pal Jimmy Olsen thrown into the mix.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Nate

    What Bendis is doing with Superman totally works for me. Leviathan rising has a freshness born out of the author's deep understanding of continuiity and history that adds layer upon layer to these issues. What sets it apart for me is that Bendis pays as much or more attention to Louis Lane and Jimmy Olson as he does to the big guy and that grounds this story while also giving us a grounds eye view of the god like. What Bendis is doing with Superman totally works for me. Leviathan rising has a freshness born out of the author's deep understanding of continuiity and history that adds layer upon layer to these issues. What sets it apart for me is that Bendis pays as much or more attention to Louis Lane and Jimmy Olson as he does to the big guy and that grounds this story while also giving us a grounds eye view of the god like.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)

    You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Ever since the acquisition of creator Brian Michael Bendis at DC Comics, he has been covering more grounds than anyone else has in the past with his myriad of ideas that see the day today, whether it is under his mantle or handled by other exciting creative teams. Besides his Wonder Comics line-up, one of his most important ongoing projects lies within his dominion of the Man of Steel titles: Superman and Action Comics. Developing original new l You can find my review on my blog by clicking here. Ever since the acquisition of creator Brian Michael Bendis at DC Comics, he has been covering more grounds than anyone else has in the past with his myriad of ideas that see the day today, whether it is under his mantle or handled by other exciting creative teams. Besides his Wonder Comics line-up, one of his most important ongoing projects lies within his dominion of the Man of Steel titles: Superman and Action Comics. Developing original new lore for the character, he now teases his biggest project yet in the form of a conspiracy that will have repercussions across the DC Universe. Leave it to the world’s greatest journalists to uncover the truth before it’s too late. What is Superman: Action Comics: Leviathan Rising about? Following the threat of the Invisible Cloud and the Invisible Mafia, Metropolis now plunges into a new crisis where underground agencies, from the Department of Extraordinary Operations (D.E.O.) to the Task Force X, are eliminated one after the other by an unknown threat. A conspiracy theory might be the answer sought by everyone but it is only known under one name and nothing more: Leviathan. Collecting Action Comics #1007-1011 and stories from Superman: Leviathan Rising Special #1, writer Brian Michael Bendis presents an enigmatic enemy who appears from the blue and only Superman to stand in its way. Suspenseful, captivating, creative. Writer Brian Michael Bendis delivers a very carefully-paced story arc focused on teasing a powerful threat that has never shown his face before and utilizes the closely-intimate bond between Lois Lane, Clark Kent, and Jimmy Olsen to investigate the matter further. Carefully arranging the narrative to introduce old and new characters into Superman’s universe (e.g. Bones, Kate Spencer, or Amanda Waller), he brilliantly unravels little by little the objective of Leviathan without giving anything away too easily. Although the story doesn’t look to spill the beans here, it establishes the foundation necessary for Event Leviathan and allows the reader the indulge in the excellent chemistry between various characters as the crisis grows exponentially. There’s very little that can be reproached as to what artists Steve Epting and Yanick Paquette accomplish in this volume. It is coherent in style and informative through details. The character designs are excellent and brilliantly captures each of the character’s persona through their behaviours and facial expressions. The colouring by Brad Anderson and Nathan Fairbairn is also adequate and speaks volumes on the atmosphere conveyed through the narrative. With darker shades, immense use of shadows, meticulous application of vibrant colours, it is possible to identify the deliberate wish to convey a darker, tenser, and much more sinister period with the development of this crisis that only has a name and no face. The inclusion of the special issue at the end was a bit detrimental to the overall story arc’s suspense due to its minor spoilers regarding Event Leviathan but also because of its revelation of Leviathan as a villain without the surprise that should come with his introduction. While he still remains mysterious in his goals, this additional story could’ve benefited from a bit more discretion or could’ve simply been excluded from this volume. However, the story remains beneficial to the reader in terms of understanding what exactly he might be after and what might be coming to the DC Universe soon. Superman: Action Comics: Leviathan Rising is a thrilling prelude unveiling a conspiracy theory that needs to be stopped before the world is taken over by an invisible threat. Yours truly, Lashaan | Blogger and Book Reviewer Official blog: https://bookidote.com/

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    A group/person named Leviathan is intent on destroying the many intelligence agencies of the DCU (D.E.O, Spryal, Checkmate). I've haven't much cared for those agencies -- aside from the excellent Chase title from twenty years ago -- so here's hoping Bendis cleans them up and does something interesting with them. This volume is a decent start despite all the running around in circles, and I'm eager to dig into Event Leviathan next. A group/person named Leviathan is intent on destroying the many intelligence agencies of the DCU (D.E.O, Spryal, Checkmate). I've haven't much cared for those agencies -- aside from the excellent Chase title from twenty years ago -- so here's hoping Bendis cleans them up and does something interesting with them. This volume is a decent start despite all the running around in circles, and I'm eager to dig into Event Leviathan next.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Christian Zamora-Dahmen

    Bendis keeps giving the same note over and over again: he establishes something but just won’t deliver! A whole arc just finished here and it barely works as a prelude of things to come. The pace is deadly slow and it looks like it will simply not reach any revealing point... just like this whole arc where we found out simply nothing. I hope Bendis doesn’t play this same pace on the upcoming Legion book. I just couldn’t bare it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Pretty good build up to the Bendis event that's coming this summer. Also cool seeing Superman do some undercover spy stuff. And the Epting art is nice. Pretty good build up to the Bendis event that's coming this summer. Also cool seeing Superman do some undercover spy stuff. And the Epting art is nice.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Chris Lemmerman

    When super-spy organisations around the world begin to fall one by one, Lois and Clark find themselves on the back foot - with Amanda Waller at their door, Lois' father in critical condition, and a new Leviathan on the rise, this doesn't look like a job for Superman, but he's going to do it anyway! I don't understand how Bendis' Superman title can be so bad, and this can be so good. They're entirely different stories, focused on entirely different things, but they're written by the same guy, abou When super-spy organisations around the world begin to fall one by one, Lois and Clark find themselves on the back foot - with Amanda Waller at their door, Lois' father in critical condition, and a new Leviathan on the rise, this doesn't look like a job for Superman, but he's going to do it anyway! I don't understand how Bendis' Superman title can be so bad, and this can be so good. They're entirely different stories, focused on entirely different things, but they're written by the same guy, about the same character. It's just baffling. This volume puts the Invisible Mafia on the backburner in favour of a prelude to Event Leviathan instead. There's something super funny about watching Superman and Lois trying to deal with a problem that's almost entirely out of their wheelhouse, going undercover with Spyral and dealing with Amanda Waller and Sam Lane instead of punching bad guys in the face. Also included is a story from the Leviathan Rising one-shot, which fits in surprisingly well with the rest of the book. Superman gets kidnapped by Talia Al Ghul, only to run into the new Leviathan; it's a fairly straight forward premise, but there's a lot more meat on the bones than you might expect. There are points where Bendis does seem to forget that Superman's the main character in favour of literally everyone else, and the BendisSpeak can go a tad overboard (everyone and their dog mentions that leaving Amanda Waller alone in the Fortress Of Solitude is a bad idea), but overall this is definitely one of Bendis' best showings at DC so far. The artwork for all five issues of the main title is by Steve Epting, who needs no introduction. It just looks brilliant, and I still can't believe Bendis gets all these awesome artists all the time. Then Yanick Paquette pencils the Leviathan Rising Special, who's another one that needs no introduction. This is just a lovely book from page 1 to the end - even the variant cover gallery is perfect, since they're almost all Francis Manapul, for Christ's sake. Action Comics is far and above Bendis' gem currently. This second volume sets up and expands on Event Leviathan in some fun ways, and looks gorgeous doing it. I'd recommend checking out Event Leviathan itself as well, since it's more of the same. Bendis does mysteries pretty damn well.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Baba

    What, why, who, where, how is the Leviathan? The DC universe is about to be turned on its head, with Superman, Lois, Olsen, The Bat, Supergirl, Amanda Waller, Bones, Sam Lane and more, all way out of step with the irresistible force wrecking the world espionage organisationas The concept is great, but lacks the long-term planning and foreshadowing Bendis did for the likes of Secret Invasion and Dark Reign. There's a sense that it feels, that even with his gravitas, he, Bendis his trying to prove What, why, who, where, how is the Leviathan? The DC universe is about to be turned on its head, with Superman, Lois, Olsen, The Bat, Supergirl, Amanda Waller, Bones, Sam Lane and more, all way out of step with the irresistible force wrecking the world espionage organisationas The concept is great, but lacks the long-term planning and foreshadowing Bendis did for the likes of Secret Invasion and Dark Reign. There's a sense that it feels, that even with his gravitas, he, Bendis his trying to prove himself to DC, in so losing a lot of intrigue, subtlety, pacing... and significantly humour. It's an OK jam, but doesn't really feel like it has the golden Bendis touch. On the other hand his Invisible Mafia are a sight for sore eyes, creating a criminal organisation fit for a world with a man of Steel. Although for context, Bendis' Superman books, are the best Superman books I've ever read. 7.5 out of 12.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kat

    Basic plot: Spy agencies across the world are being destroyed and people are going missing, and a mysterious something called Laviathan seems to be behind it. Conspiracies and mysteries. Waller and the Question. Secrets. This is a fantastic arc. Art is good and it was a page turner as far as plot. The characters were all doing what they do best, so the writing is on point. I have 2 mild complaints. 1- the last arc left off at a place that needed finishing and this arc took off in a completely diff Basic plot: Spy agencies across the world are being destroyed and people are going missing, and a mysterious something called Laviathan seems to be behind it. Conspiracies and mysteries. Waller and the Question. Secrets. This is a fantastic arc. Art is good and it was a page turner as far as plot. The characters were all doing what they do best, so the writing is on point. I have 2 mild complaints. 1- the last arc left off at a place that needed finishing and this arc took off in a completely different direction, leaving me slightly confused. 2- This arc leaves me with a lot of questions. There was lots of hinting, but again no resolution. I know this is leading into the special crossover books, but still. Frankly, any arc that involves the Question has my attention, and his presence here, however brief, has me I intrigued and looking forward to the Event Leviathan book.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Shannon Appelcline

    Action Comics continues to be Bendis' better Superman book (and one of his stronger books to date). This one is a rip-roaring tale of an international menace, and Bendis has a lot of fun putting it into conflict with DC's many secret and not-so-secret organizations, creating an exciting story with strong continuity. The only problem is that there's a bit of an anticlimax, as the last issue starts crossing over with other titles (and leaving us confused about what's going on) before it non-ends. Action Comics continues to be Bendis' better Superman book (and one of his stronger books to date). This one is a rip-roaring tale of an international menace, and Bendis has a lot of fun putting it into conflict with DC's many secret and not-so-secret organizations, creating an exciting story with strong continuity. The only problem is that there's a bit of an anticlimax, as the last issue starts crossing over with other titles (and leaving us confused about what's going on) before it non-ends.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Tiag⊗

    Who did it? Why do they did it? I'm note sure I care about the answer. Who did it? Why do they did it? I'm note sure I care about the answer.

  17. 4 out of 5

    John Yelverton

    This story had all the panache of a silver age Superman story, and the build up to an event that looks absolutely amazing. I cannot wait to see what comes next as this book was amazingly good.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Adam Graham

    The Invisible Mafia from the previous collection gets sidelined for most of this book as Superman and Lois get on the trail of Leviathan. The conspiracy stuff gets interesting particularly when spooks like Amanda Waller and Director Bones end up wandering what the heck is going on. The story in the main issues of Action Comics has got great scope and is quite a treat to read. That brings us to the Leviathan Special which is...not horrible but does really accentuate Bendis' greatest indulgences a The Invisible Mafia from the previous collection gets sidelined for most of this book as Superman and Lois get on the trail of Leviathan. The conspiracy stuff gets interesting particularly when spooks like Amanda Waller and Director Bones end up wandering what the heck is going on. The story in the main issues of Action Comics has got great scope and is quite a treat to read. That brings us to the Leviathan Special which is...not horrible but does really accentuate Bendis' greatest indulgences as a writer. There's a lot of talking and a very long dialogue between Leviathan and the woman running the Invisible Mafia. In addition in the story, we have a key plot point break in to resolve a key issue and are told that we need to get the hard cover edition of the book to understand what's going on. Overall, the story is interesting, but I think the Special drags on to long and has too many Bendisisms that pad out its 40 page length. So if I could give half stars I'd give this 3.5 stars.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sans

    Maybe it's because I took a five month break from this. Or maybe it really is that weird and confusing. Whatever the case is, I'm not enjoying this insanity anymore. This Leviathan event better pay out or someone needs to step on Bendis' ego and restrict how much he gets to write. Also, why does he think Lois not knowing how to spell words is constantly funny? It was cute the first couple of times, but now it's just annoying and highlights his reliance on gimmicks. Maybe it's because I took a five month break from this. Or maybe it really is that weird and confusing. Whatever the case is, I'm not enjoying this insanity anymore. This Leviathan event better pay out or someone needs to step on Bendis' ego and restrict how much he gets to write. Also, why does he think Lois not knowing how to spell words is constantly funny? It was cute the first couple of times, but now it's just annoying and highlights his reliance on gimmicks.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lukas Holmes

    Pretty interesting.

  21. 4 out of 5

    James

    You can't fight what you don't know exists. You can't fight what you don't know exists.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Butcher

    Really solid pre-event lead up that had me excited and drawn into the action.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    Made the mistake of reading Vol. 2 first. Convoluted. My fault. But also convoluted. Who made James Olsen the most interesting character here?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ramon

    Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It kinda irks me when the pre-event book to a 6-issue event is 5 issues but here the conspiracy stuff just worked. It was exciting and it was tense but there was still time for some sweetness and humor (Chaz). I love how fast and chaotic things feel, and again, Bendis just seems re-invigorated with his move to DC and seems to have a great handle on these characters. Besides which, Epting's art is just *chef kissyfingers*. Very dramatic compositions, Didn't expect to enjoy this as much as I did. It kinda irks me when the pre-event book to a 6-issue event is 5 issues but here the conspiracy stuff just worked. It was exciting and it was tense but there was still time for some sweetness and humor (Chaz). I love how fast and chaotic things feel, and again, Bendis just seems re-invigorated with his move to DC and seems to have a great handle on these characters. Besides which, Epting's art is just *chef kissyfingers*. Very dramatic compositions, like when that creature just appears on the deck of the DEO as Strange arrived. It also feels, as events should, very much integrated with the rest of the DCU. Now I am excited for Event Leviathan.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Adam Fisher

    3.5 Stars. Talk about a huge build up book... and it's still building! Taking out FBI, CIA, ARGUS, DEO, and basically any spy organization that the DC Universe, has been taken out by the mysterious agents of Leviathan. Not Talia Al Ghul's Leviathan, who was created to take down superheroes, but an organization that is taking them over from the inside. AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHO IT IS!? I'm moving right into "Event Leviathan". Got to know how this pans out. (NOTE: Please please please please don't 3.5 Stars. Talk about a huge build up book... and it's still building! Taking out FBI, CIA, ARGUS, DEO, and basically any spy organization that the DC Universe, has been taken out by the mysterious agents of Leviathan. Not Talia Al Ghul's Leviathan, who was created to take down superheroes, but an organization that is taking them over from the inside. AND WE STILL DON'T KNOW WHO IT IS!? I'm moving right into "Event Leviathan". Got to know how this pans out. (NOTE: Please please please please don't let this be another huge build up for very little payoff.) Recommend... story continues.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Roxanne

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **2.5 stars Synopsis: Jimmy goes on a date with a girl that turns out to be part of the Kobra Cult. He takes him to a meeting and the entire cult is wiped out by a blue light that destroys the building. Lois tells her father that Superman is her husband and father of her child and he walks away. Amanda Waller is almost assassinated in her office, but manages to escape with the help of Superman. Meanwhile, whatever is causing these blue light explosions, targets multiple organizations including t **2.5 stars Synopsis: Jimmy goes on a date with a girl that turns out to be part of the Kobra Cult. He takes him to a meeting and the entire cult is wiped out by a blue light that destroys the building. Lois tells her father that Superman is her husband and father of her child and he walks away. Amanda Waller is almost assassinated in her office, but manages to escape with the help of Superman. Meanwhile, whatever is causing these blue light explosions, targets multiple organizations including the DEO. After Waller and General Lane are personally targeted, Waller goes to the home of Lois and Clark to warn them that Leviathan is coming. They take her to the Fortress, which she escapes from while Lois and Clark are fucking off with the spy organization Spyral. They find out Spyral knew Leviathan was coming but went into hiding instead of telling anyone. Leone, the leader of the Invisible Mafia, is caught in a meeting with the leader of Leviathan, who asks her advice on how to go about handling Superman. In line with her advice, they kidnap Clark Kent, who was aware of their presence and went willingly. Talia Al Ghul straps a kryptonite chest plate on him of course. Surprisingly, he is saved by the leader of Leviathan who removes the chest plate. He’s rescued by Lois, Jimmy and some others. Leviathan attempts to murder Talia Al Ghul because apparently this whole Clark thing was her going off corase from the plan in revenge for the leader of Leviathan usurping her. She is saved by Superman, but doesn't really provide any answers on Leviathan. Leone and Robinson Goode enter into a business partnership after Leone has her kill one of the guards, believing him to be the leak that caused the meeting with Leviathan. Review: I hope I summarized that okay because that's about what I got from this volume. I didn't hate it, but when it's all said and done, it feels like nothing really went on. I suppose I could change my mind after I read Event Leviathan, but so far, I'm still confused as to what their endgame is. I guess that's the mystery of it all, but I'm skeptical that it's going to be all they're saying it's going to be as so often goes with comics. It feels like, yet again, an event is being put ahead of a title's story and it makes that shit choppy, I'm sorry. They try to interweave it with the Invisible Mafia, but it's clear that that plot is going to be taking a backseat to Leviathan for a while, and that's a shame since I'm more invested in it. I thought the side plot with Talia was...pointless? I'm not really understanding how the League of Assassins and Leviathan are tied. And Batman is on the cover of Event Leviathan, so whose story is it going to be? Is Superman even going to be in it? But I digress, I think Bendis is doing an ok job at writing something a little different for Action Comics - it's definitely getting more action in it as the story goes on, but I'm growing to like the journalist angle. At the very least, it keeps people talking and gives you some information to piece together yourself. I like that Lois and Clark are both working together on cases, even if I still think the dialogue is a bit off. The art isn't for me, but oddly fits with the story? Overall, I liked it less than the first volume, but I think it's fine. It's more of the same with Leviathan mixed in. I wish I could say I loved Leviathan taking a front row seat, but I can't. Not sure how necessary it's going to be for the Event Leviathan book itself.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Clay Bartel

    Since New52 we've had greats like Morrison, Juergens, Tomasi to name a few tackle Superman... and now is the era of Bendis... well technically its just ended and Future State is started... Man of Steel by Bendis was the first volume I read in November 2019 and the art and characterization was really great. The villian was uninspired and a story about Kryptonian killer Rogol Zarr ... I have no idea where this story went but after reading Action Comics Vol 1 and now Vol 2 Leviathan Rising and enjoy Since New52 we've had greats like Morrison, Juergens, Tomasi to name a few tackle Superman... and now is the era of Bendis... well technically its just ended and Future State is started... Man of Steel by Bendis was the first volume I read in November 2019 and the art and characterization was really great. The villian was uninspired and a story about Kryptonian killer Rogol Zarr ... I have no idea where this story went but after reading Action Comics Vol 1 and now Vol 2 Leviathan Rising and enjoying them I'm actually interested in digging up more of his runs in the DC Universe. Part of the reason for dropping reading Bendis back in 2019 wasn't that the Man of Steel volume was so bad, it was that there was limited volumes to collect at the time. Since the plot concept wasn't my thing, I had explored opinions on the CBR... usually a mistake cause there is a large group of jaded readers there. Any case they largely seemed to hate it so I waited... waited for Bendis to finish so I could binge read through it and form my own opinion. Vol 1 was fun, and volume 2 was even better. Volume 1 was all about the Invisible Mafia and we see minimal involvement from them in Volume 2. I think one key thing I've noticed from both volumes is that Bendis doesn't concern himself with panels and panels of battling and gives loads of page time to Clark and Lois. Don't get me wrong I wanna see Superman and see him punch things out, but for the first time in a very long time I'm especially liking Lois. There is loads to like here and I'm just bracing myself for when Bendis loses it and it all falls apart... lets hope those doom sayers are wrong. For now I'm 3 books into Bendis and I'm having fun turning each page!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Darcy

    I experienced a bit of a let down with this collection of issues. As a mystery it was a little sub par as it just keeps digging deeper and deeper chapter after chapter without much in the way of progress in resolving it. Accusations are made and events occur that did not really make much sense. Additionally, for a bunch of stories featuring Superman, with one brief exception that really does not add to the plot, there is not much "Super" going on. Now, before I get on my high horse about this, i I experienced a bit of a let down with this collection of issues. As a mystery it was a little sub par as it just keeps digging deeper and deeper chapter after chapter without much in the way of progress in resolving it. Accusations are made and events occur that did not really make much sense. Additionally, for a bunch of stories featuring Superman, with one brief exception that really does not add to the plot, there is not much "Super" going on. Now, before I get on my high horse about this, it is possible that DC has gone back to the model where you have to obtain multiple titles as tales cross over between different heroes and their own publications. If so, that really does not lend itself to these hardcover compilations. This may mean returning to one-offs for me. We shall see. Another note is that the layouts did not impress me. This was one of those situations where the artist tried to switch things up by moving the story across two pages, rather than the standard single page layout. I like that, but only when it is organic. In this case there were multiple times where the story suddenly lost cohesion and I had to figure out that the panels were ordered differently. There were some good moments to be had and the odd brief quip that brought a smile to my lips, but this was an average Superman story for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Phil

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Still enjoying the Bendis run on this series, although this was obviously a lot of story building. The plot didn't move forward very far, but I thought the artwork was fantastic. Always love a little Waller panache injected into a book, although I don't recall Lois ever calling Superman "sweety" so many times! That got a little much! Anyway, looking forward to finding out who or what this Leviathan is all about blowing up all the spy agency buildings and potentially displacing some of the people Still enjoying the Bendis run on this series, although this was obviously a lot of story building. The plot didn't move forward very far, but I thought the artwork was fantastic. Always love a little Waller panache injected into a book, although I don't recall Lois ever calling Superman "sweety" so many times! That got a little much! Anyway, looking forward to finding out who or what this Leviathan is all about blowing up all the spy agency buildings and potentially displacing some of the people. A couple of new characters to me, but not sure if they'll play a major role going forward. The first five issues were the main lead up and the special was a small forgettable story with Clark letting himself get kidnapped by Talia only to have Leviathan free him from the unintentional Krypton crippling trap she was laying as bait to bring in Superman. Could have gotten a little ugly. The Invisible Mafia / Red Cloud story gets a little nod with Ms. Goode partnering with Leone, but not sure if that's going anywhere until the Leviathan story is over. Although it's Leone who inspired Leviathan with a new approach to doing whatever he's trying to do to change the world. The Jimmy story? Well....probably not even worth mentioning, albeit the other side of a text message that was sent to Lois.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott Lee

    While this was a strong story arc--pretty darned strong actually, I really enjoyed it--I was frustrated with the near abandonment of the previous volumes focus on organized crime in Metropolis, the Invisible Mafia. That was really original and cool and I was really enjoying it and then it was pushed to the back burner in support of an out-of-nowhere event. Now this Leviathan story has some real potential itself, although it seems designed to take Talia Al'Ghul's organization and turn it into ano While this was a strong story arc--pretty darned strong actually, I really enjoyed it--I was frustrated with the near abandonment of the previous volumes focus on organized crime in Metropolis, the Invisible Mafia. That was really original and cool and I was really enjoying it and then it was pushed to the back burner in support of an out-of-nowhere event. Now this Leviathan story has some real potential itself, although it seems designed to take Talia Al'Ghul's organization and turn it into another powerful secret organization--this one fully bad as opposed to the mixed bag that is the D.E. O., A.R.G.U.S., and whatever group Amanda Waller heads at a given DC moment--which is a bit annoying because...why? Do we need another one? I don't see any great need for it, and it hasn't done enough to set itself apart by the end of volume for me to get excited about it. What it does do is sweep the board of everybody else so as to announce itself to the world. Still the threat itself is of sufficient scope and well-handled enough to almost justify itself, and I enjoyed the story being told. I don't think this one has anything truly lasting to add to the DCU U, but it was pretty fun to read.

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